Posted September 19, 2018

Side discharge buckets

Built for compact skid, multi-terrain or track loaders, this Cat bucket provides controlled flow of loose materials in many applications.

They are built to collect and transport loose materials such as sawdust, sand, mulch and topsoil and then discharge these materials via a belt-type conveyor from adjustable doors on either side of the bucket. A rotating agitator keeps material flowing to the conveyor. Adjusting conveyor speed and door openings controls the volume of material discharged and the area covered.

Cat side discharge bucket
Cat side discharge buckets can scoop up material and spread itto either side of the unit.

The Cat discharge bucket faturues a heavy-duty, raised chevron tread conveyor belt that is equipped with an adjustable tensioning device. The drive is engineered for long-term durability and functions efficiently whether discharging material left or right. Two externally mounted, reversible, hydraulic motors power the conveyor directly, eliminating any intermediate drive mechanisms. Specially designed openings in the bucket floor allow any material remaining in the bucket to escape, preventing material build-up beneath the conveyor. Side Discharge Buckets designed for consistent use in sand or other heavier materials feature an internal baffle to reduce belt strain.

The agitator assembly is directly powered via a third, high-torque hydraulic motor and reduces material bridging in the bucket for consistent material flow to the conveyor. Agitator paddles for sand have a straight design that exerts added force to push through dense material, while the sawdust type uses prongs to assist in breaking up material and reducing weight on the conveyor.

The manually adjustable discharge doors on each side of the bucket regulate the volume of material discharged. The doors are built with reinforced thick plate for durability. The buckets also have a serrated step that facilitates entering and exiting the cab.