Construction buckets are specialized container attached to a machine, as compared to a bucket adapted for manual use by a human being. It is a bulk material handling component. The bucket has an inner volume as compared to other types of machine attachments like blades or shovels.
The construction buckets could be attached to the lifting hook of a crane, at the end of the arm of an excavating machine, to the wires of a drag line excavator, to the arms of a power shovel or a tractor equipped with a backhoe loader or to a loader, or to a dredge.
The name “bucket” may have been coined from buckets used in water wheels, or used in water turbines or in similar-looking devices. Buckets in mechanical engineering can have a distinct quality from the traditional bucket (pail) whose purpose is to contain things. Larger versions of this type of construction bucket equip bucket trucks to contain human beings, buckets in water-hauling systems in mines or, for instance, in helicopter buckets to hold water to combat fires.
Two other types of mechanical buckets can be distinguished according to the final destination of the device they equip: energy-consumer systems like excavators or energy-capturing systems like water bucket wheels or turbines. Buckets exist in a variety of sizes or shapes.
The shape of the bucket can vary from the truncated conical shape of an actual bucket to more scoop-like or spoon-like shapes akin to water turbines. The cross section can be round or square.
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