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Fabrication of a Steel End Loader Bucket for the Heavy Equipment Industry

West Kentucky Steel was approached for a custom designed steel end loader bucket for the heavy equipment industry. The customer needed a way for its Caterpillar 992 end loader to load coal trucks faster and more efficiently. After our calculations, we were able to stretch the bucket out to 30'-0" wide to an approximately 26 cu. yd. capacity. The parent metal was ¾ inch A572 grade 50 steel, making the bucket big enough for the Caterpillar to load a coal truck in just two scoops!

We lined this end loader bucket with ½" Hardox 450, and finished it in yellow enamel. The bucket featured a 2 ½" Hardox lip and all the bottom skid plates were Hardox as well.

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Fabrication of a Steel End Loader Bucket Project Highlights

Product Description
  • This steel end loader bucket is used on a Caterpillar 992 End Loader which is used to load coal trucks. It was stretched out so it would be possible to load trucks in 2 scoops.
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Cut to Shape, Formed, Assembled, Welded
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
  • Flame Cut with Track Torch, Formed, Welded
Overall Part Dimensions
  • Material Thickness: .750"
  • Width: 30'
  • Capacity: 26 Cubic Yards
Tightest Tolerances
  • Plus or minus 1/8th inch
  • Pins are pressed fit for bearings
Material Used
  • A572 Grade 50 Steel
  • .500" Hardox 450 Liner
Material Finish
  • Yellow Enamel
Estimated Part Weight
  • 20,000 lb.
  • 2.5" Lip
Industry for Use
  • Heavy Equipment
Delivery Location
  • Vienna, Illinois
Standards Met
  • Custom Designed
Product Name
  • Steel End Loader Bucket

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