Many industries have large, complex and specialised pieces of equipment that require large investments to even get your hands on. For smaller agricultural and construction businesses that have to account for every penny, this can be quite a difficult task to sort through. Which accessories are you going to spend your allocated budget on? Will they do everything you need them to, or are you just putting up with it because you can't afford more than one? Luckily for those that are looking to get a bucket for their skid steer, you don't have to choose between features — you can have all of them in one bucket!
4-in-1 buckets are exactly what they sound like: professionally made skid steer (or track loader) buckets that can accomplish the job of multiple specialised buckets all on their own. The 4-in-1 buckets encompass:
- Grading: flattening a surface so it is ready for foundations or other construction.
- Dozing: pushing or pressing aggregate to desired positions or shapes
- Grappling: grabbing and moving anything from construction debris to tree roots.
- Scraping: taking the top layer of dirt, sand or soil off of a particular area, preparing it for other work.
You simply won't find another bucket that can perform the same amount of duties as 4-in-1 buckets can.
Is It Actually Good At Any Of Them?
It would be easy to use the 4-in-1 buckets moniker as a simple marketing ploy; however, this is not the case. 4-in-1 buckets are handmade by smaller businesses that take great pride in their work and offer quite generous warranties. 4-in-1 buckets are also not a 'one size fits all' product, as they come with many different variations that can help suit your specific needs. That can be something as little as the pattern of the teeth on the bucket that are used for grappling or something more drastic like the thickness of the metal. These differences show the level of understanding these companies have for their customers and their willingness to adapt.
Does It Require Special Maintenance?
Because of how many different jobs your 4-in-1 bucket can do, it does require a bit more of a rigorous defence against rust, the elements and general wear and tear. After every job you should be checking how the components that were used in that job (the blade, the teeth, the bucket, etc) hold up. It is not uncommon for a part that is used more frequently to age out quicker, and in that case you can get it repaired or replaced, or you can upgrade your 4-in-1 bucket — whichever is easier for you.
To learn more, contact a 4-in-1 bucket supplier.