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Publication Date: 07/2011
Pages: 3
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Bucket elevator: Diagnosing and solving seven common problems

Plastic buckets that show abnormal wear or damage may indicate that your bucket elevator is running outside standard operating parameters and will require adjustment or different buckets to keep running efficiently. This article provides information that will help you troubleshoot and maintain your bucket elevator and buckets.

A typical centrifugal discharge bucket elevator consists of a top (or head) section, a discharge throat, a bottom (or boot) section, one or more trunk sections, and a belt or chain on which numerous buckets are mounted. The elevator’s head section houses the head pulley (or sprocket), which is linked via a head shaft and bearing to a drive. The drive powers the pulley and, in turn, moves the belt or chain that continuously lifts loaded buckets.

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