Though there are many different types of bucket loaders used in various industries, the clamshell bucket is more advanced and includes two oppositional scoops joined by an industrial-strength hinge. This claw-like attachment - which can open and close much like the two sides of a clam’s shell - is very effective at grabbing large amounts of many different types of material (1).
Equipment that can dig up and transfer loads weighing many tons, is clearly quite large and heavy. If a sale or relocation to a new job site makes it necessary to transport your clamshell bucket - you’ll need an experienced company to handle the move.
When hiring A1 Auto Transport, you can trust that your equipment will be handled by industry experts. Our personnel are extremely well-versed, when it comes to hauling big machines and their accessories.
After 20 years of successfully transporting construction equipment, our crews know how to properly secure your equipment so no damage occurs. You’ll also receive free, full-coverage insurance on every shipment - so you can rest assured that your property is always protected.
We offer fair rates that are customized for your personal needs, along with optional services like GPS tracking and accelerated delivery. We can also load and drop off your clamshell bucket right on site, saving you a long trip to a shipping depot. Both international and nationwide shipping are available as well.
If you’re searching for a company to get the job done right the first time - then look no further. Give us a call today, to receive your free, instant quote right over the phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Transport the Clamshell Bucket Attachment on its Own?
Technically you can easily transport the attachment alone as one articulated unit, but it's usually unnecessary unless you have many attachments. You could quickly load it onto a pickup truck or small flatbed trailer since it's only around 6 to 7 feet long, even if it's heavy.
But it’s usually with an excavator or crane and is commonly seen at construction sites in their early stages. It’s not the easy way, so there’s no need to inconvenience yourself. You’ll only be paying extra since you’ll probably need to move the crane too.
While you can send it as separate cargo, it’s best to have it secured as part of another piece of equipment to make the process efficient.
Is a Clamshell Bucket Attached to Equipment in the Oversized Category?
It depends on the model of the excavator or crane.
One example is that excavators can weigh anything from 14000 to 90,000 pounds. However, the limit is 46000 pounds, which means some excavators are in a large category. This characteristic makes things more complicated because of permits.
A clamshell bucket's weight ranges from 1000 to 2000 pounds, which isn't a significant addition to the equipment's weight.
The only part where there are changes in how it's secured. Once the excavator or other vehicle is loaded, it'll be tied using chains or ratchet straps. The presence of a clamshell bucket will mean that extra reinforcement is necessary, so there are no accidents during transport.
How Long Does It Take for My Clamshell Bucket to Reach Me?
It generally takes a while, so it's best to hire and inform your shipping company ahead of time to ensure there are no sudden delays or problems. This is mainly because it takes a while to get permits.
Although the Department of Transport website has links to all the different state websites, getting permits for heavy loads for interstate transport is a lengthy process. The primary reason is that these regulations state, instead of federal, level.
This aspect means that if your clamshell bucket is transported across many states, there'll be several inspections along the journey. But before the company can get there, it'll have to arrange the permits, which can vary according to cities or towns.
Is it Expensive to Transport My Clamshell Bucket to its Destination?
It depends on your pickup and destination because it controls what factors the driver will consider during the journey. If both places are farther away from the main cities, fuel charges will naturally be higher.
But if the clamshell bucket is needed on a construction site in the city, then factors like traffic will come into play. Generally, logistics plays a vital role in shipping companies because traffic density, flow, and weather are considered when finalizing the driver’s route.
So if you’re having the clamshell bucket moved during a busy season or from very far away, it’ll cost higher.