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For Ripping, Prying,
Stumping, Slab or Curb Removal and Boulder Removal
The V-“Raptor Bucket”
is a new style ripper/bucket combination for excavators and backhoes
allows the operator to easily rip rock, coral shale, caliche,
granite, limestone, sandstone, asphalt or frozen ground with the
breakout force, pry out and carry stumps or boulders, rip a clean
trench for laying utilities, plus scoop and load material. The (VRB)
is a new
design that allows the operator to own a relatively inexpensive Single
Ripper (SPR) plus allows the operator to scoop and remove ripped debris
requiring the tool change or machine change to use another bucket. The
are solid high strength HARDOX 400 steel slabs that are arranged in a V
These plates converge at the bottom and are connected to structural
holds a single replaceable tooth. The tip radius is shorter than the
bucket to keep the breakout forces high, but is long enough to form a V
that is structurally sound for ripping and prying.
By ripping a narrow V
trench, a utility line or cable can be laid in the bottom of the trench
minimizing the amount of rock to be ripped and the handling of a lot of
backfill material. In locations where rock bedding is required, the
the bedding material is reduced due to the very narrow trench bottom.
The VRB facilitates
stumps, boulders and flat rock slab formations that can be pried with
SPR’s, but can not be pried with any of the existing ripper/bucket
After the rock is
ripped by the
tooth, the sides are ripped flat by the following side leading edges of
the VRB. This cutting angle causes an upward displacement of the ripper
instead of binding the material by displacing the material side to
the VRB, displacing the material upwards causes a smoother ripping
curved side leading edges also help to allow the operator to cradle and
large boulders and stumps.
The advantages of the V-Raptor Bucket are as
- Inexpensive ripper/bucket combination:
the operator can own an effective ripper/bucket combination that is
considerably less expensive than any other combination product on the
market. The price is only a small amount more, or comparable to that of
- Allows the operator to scoop material:
and most importantly, the operator can scoop and clean out the ripped
rock debris because the bucket has some capacity.
- Effective Ripper: the operator will be
achieving the full breakout force going through one tooth. This
combined with the fact that the VRB can be shorter than the standard
SPR also allows the breakout force to be higher.
- Facilitates prying with a
ripper/bucket combination: no other ripper/bucket combination on the
market is shaped curved and narrow to facilitate prying.
- Reduces the necessary amount of rock
ripped: for utility contractors laying cables or pipes in rock, the VRB
rips a minimum amount of rock by not ripping the bottom corners of
the trench, as compared to ripping a square shaped trench bottom.
- Reduces the required backfill amount:
just as not ripping the bottom corners of the trench saves time, it
also saves time and material because the operator does not have to
backfill the corners of the trench.
- Creates a clean V shaped ripped
trench: as compared to a single pointed ripper that leaves the sides in
rough condition, the VRB shapes the sides of the V trench by scraping
the angled side of the bucket against the ripped side walls, thus
creating a uniform trench.
- Stump ripping is easier than a using a
conventional bucket or SPR because as compared to a bucket, the narrow
shape rips roots easier because it displaces less dirt, and as compared
to a SPR, the shape makes it easier to grab and hold the stump for
pulling and carrying because of the side leading edges.
- Cradles rocks and stumps easier than
SPR because of the wider curved cupping shape, thus offering a wider
support for trapping items between the VRB and the machine arm or