Bucket-wheel excavator vs single-bucket excavator

25.03.2022

Here are some of the main differences between a bucket-wheel excavator and a single-bucket excavator.

Short informations:

Bucket-wheel excavator

What sets BWEs apart from other large-scale mining equipment, such as bucket chain excavators, is their use of a large wheel consisting of a continuous pattern of buckets used to scoop material as the wheel turns.

Single-bucket excavator

Equipped with one bucket, working in an intermittent cycle i.e between each working stage there are supporting stages such as moving a loaded bucket, emptying it and getting back to work.

Usage:

Bucket-wheel excavator

Used in surface mining. The primary function of BWEs is to act as a continuous digging machine in large-scale open-pit mining operations, removing thousands of tons of overburden a day. They rank among the largest vehicles (land or sea) ever produced.

Smaller machines from this type are used for digging ditches.

Single-bucket excavator

Widely used in ground works, structural and shipping.

With the use of exchangeable equipment they are used for different purposes such as:

  • for lifting loads
  • as a loader
  • as pile driver

Division:

Bucket-wheel excavator

1.trencher

  • transverse
  • longitudinal

2. wheel

  • spatial
  • longitudinal

Single-bucket excavator

Single-bucket excavators can be divsioned in many ways, these are only few of them:

  1. By the scale of work they can get done:
    • mini excavators (up to 0,16 m³)
    • small (>0,16 to 0,50 m³)
    • medium (>0,50 to 5 m³)
    • large (>5 m³)
  2. By the engine:
    • mechanical
    • hydraulic
  3. By the power source:
    • steam
    • Internal combustion
    • Diesel-electric
    • electric

We invite you to shop for best final drives at Track Motor.

Recommended

29.03.2024
Hydraulic Fluid Contamination – What You Need to Know?
In a variety of industrial settings, hydraulic systems play a pivotal role by energizing machinery a...
Read
18.03.2024
How to connect final drive
When we buy a new hydraulic motor for our excavator, we need to connect it to the rest of the [&hell...
Read
18.03.2024
Final drive maintenance – important information
I don’t think anyone needs to be convinced that repairing an excavator’s final drive is...
Read
25.08.2023
The most popular excavator brands on the market
The excavator market is full of high-quality equipment made by renowned manufacturers. Many of them...
Read
06.03.2023
Final drive – how to measure it?
Although off-the-shelf travel motors generally have the appropriate labels to match a particular exc...
Read
27.02.2023
Final drive troubleshooting – 8 common issues
Drive motors are undoubtedly one of the most important elements in tracked machines – their fa...
Read