Many of ChangWoon’s customers work with hard, abrasive materials. And the harder the material, the more important it is to carefully select the bucket’s steel. If a bucket’s structure is made of relatively mild steel like A36, grade 50, A514 or S355 steel and exposed to highly abrasive materials, its service life will be cut short and costs for repair and downtime will be high.
In traditional buckets, the steel has to be beefed up with a so-called wear package for protection and longer service life. But this kind of bucket isn’t optimized for its task. It has a lot of deadweight due to the combination of a less wear-resistant steel and additional wear parts.
With Hardox® 500 Tuf, excavator bucket manufacturers can build buckets that are both stronger and lighter than traditional buckets. This is because the steel is hard yet tough enough to function as a structural steel. ChangWoon reduced the steel thickness by 2 mm (0.079”) while maintaining or even increasing the bucket’s wear life, in some cases by as much as 400%. They could also save 17% weight or 90 kg (198 lbs.) in a 0.6 m3 (0.785 cu. yd.) bucket.