Tractor and front-end loader buckets can sustain damage in the form of dents and bent teeth. This can occur as the result of operator error or due to a shifting load. Rocks and other large, heavy objects may roll against the bucket, causing a dent or bending the metal. The bucket's teeth can be bent out of shape if it collides with a curb or rock. Minor dents and damage can be repaired in-house, whereas major damage requires professional repairs.
Things You'll Need
- 2 pairs of work gloves
- 2 sets of protective eyewear
- 2-by-4 board
Don protective eyewear and work gloves. Ask a friend to don these protective items as well.
Lower the bucket to the ground using the bucket controls inside the tractor.
Place a piece of plywood over the indentation or bent region. The piece of plywood must be large enough to cover the entire damaged region. If the bent area of the bucket is against the ground, skip ahead to Step 4, as the ground will serve as a flat "backstop."
Ask a friend to press the end of a 2-by-4 board against the board, with the end of the board pressed over the damaged region. This will serve as a backstop of sorts, to ensure that the metal is flattened. You must avoid "reversing" the dent.
Strike the protruding area of metal with a sledgehammer until the dented or bent region is flattened. Be conservative in terms of force and use additional force only if it is necessary.
- Mark Hardin; Department of Public Works Employee (Ret.); Fort Myers, Florida
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