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A new family of combination buckets is now available for Bobcat skid-steer, compact tracked and all-wheel steer loaders. Comprising five models with widths from 157 to 213 cm (62 to 84 in), the new combination buckets replace the buckets previously offered in these sizes and complement the existing 112 cm (44 in) and 140 cm (55 in) wide buckets.
Designed for diverse applications in construction, landscaping, demolition and recycling, the combination bucket is a versatile tool acting as several attachments in one. Used as a normal bucket, the combination bucket digs, carries, loads and dumps material. However, the clamshell section of the bucket can be opened and closed over material to fill the bucket, a feature especially useful for clean-up work. Moreover, the clamshell can be opened to release the material without having to tip the bucket forward, an important advantage when unloading into high board trucks.
Like normal buckets, the bottom of the combination bucket can be used to level material. However by opening the clamshell and employing the backplate as a dozer, the operator can use the combination bucket to push and grade material. The clamshell also makes it possible to use the combination bucket as a grapple to pick up chunks of broken concrete, brush, or other hard-to-handle materials.
The new combination buckets offer several structural improvements and reinforcements. The hydraulic cylinders have been moved forward and are better protected. The hydraulic hoses and connectors can be conveniently stored in the new hose guide on the buckets. Two new bolt-on cutting edges have been added, one on the dozer blade section and the other to the rear of the clamshell. The front cutting edge of the combination bucket has predrilled holes to accept either a secondary cutting edge or individual teeth. Side cutting teeth are standard, the side plates have been reinforced and the hinges have been made stronger for greater durability.