You're in charge of researching and purchasing equipment for your company. The next job requires the use of a 2 cubic yard concrete bucket to place the aggregate high off the ground on a commercial construction project. There are many buckets to choose from, different shapes and sizes, and also different materials. The most common material used in constructing concrete buckets is steel, however, many manufacturers are moving to aluminum as well. Which one is better? How do you choose between the two?
Generally, steel's advantages are limited to cost (they tend to be a little cheaper in comparable sizes) and durability (there's less of a need to be careful during transportation and pouring). However, Aluminum Concrete Buckets offer far more advantages.
Aluminum buckets will help your organization save time and money. Because of the weight difference in aluminum and steel, aluminum buckets allow you to pour more concrete per crane cycle. A lightweight aluminum bucket cuts dead weight and allows you to lift more concrete payload. Aluminum buckets from M&B Mag are designed by engineers and concrete pouring experts to provide stability and structural strength that exceeds industry standards. The large diameter and round discharge on M&B Mag's Aluminum Buckets prevents segregation and provides fast, smooth concrete placement. A low loading height on aluminum buckets can make them even more versatile.
Considering the minimal cost increase and the increased life and payload of aluminum concrete buckets over steel, the decision should be easy. If you're not convinced, here are a few more 'contractor approved features' that M&B Mag prides itself on providing customers:
- Durable, thick, cast aluminum discharge cone
- Superior, concrete-tight, clamshell gate
- Uncomplicated and easily maintained steel gate opening gears, gate, return springs and handle
- Wire rope sling is standard, allowing unobstructed concrete loading in any position
- Balanced, precise control, spring-returned handle allows efficient one man operation
- Load-supporting bottom ring provides increased stability and superior gate protection
If you have any questions or personal experiences with concrete placing, in particular concrete buckets, please do not hesitate to leave your comments.