Bucket Machines

Over the years, Advanced Pipe Inspection has developed expertise in the use of bucket machines. Bucket machines are one of the first mechanical sewer cleaning machines available. With the development of high pressure water jetting units to clean sewers, bucket machines have become relegated to the junk pile by many municipalities & sewer cleaning companies. Bucket machines still remain the tool of choice for cleaning old, large diameter sewer trunk lines to efficiently remove decades of debris build-up.

Bucket Machines

Since bucket machines don't require any water to clean pipes, these machines are desirable when cleaning contaminated materials from pipes. Water from high pressure jetting would only add to the volume & costs of contaminated materials required to be properly disposed of.

Bucket machines are still the best method for cleaning large diameter sewers filled with heavy dirt & debris. These machines - two units are required - use different sizes of buckets, scrapers & brushes to drag dirt from the pipe to a downstream manhole. As dirt accumulates at the base of the downstream manhole, vacuum trucks remove the solid debris for disposal.

A set of bucket machines has one large machine and one small machine. Each machine consists of an engine and a winch with 500 feet or more of heavy steel cable. Two operators are required to operate a set of bucket machines, one at each machine. The larger machine has a stronger & more powerful winch that is always positioned at the downstream manhole. The smaller machine is always placed at the upstream manhole. Buckets, scoops or brushes are connected to the ends of both winches at the base of the downstream manhole.

Bucket Machines

When in operation mode, the smaller machine drags the bucket into the pipe (upstream) until the bucket or scoop is filled. Then, the larger machine pulls the bucket to the downstream manhole to empty the bucket. The process is repeated many times, interchanging or upsizing buckets & scrapers as the pipe becomes cleaner.

Bucket Machines

Bucket Machines

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