Used Bucket Elevators

JM industrial buys and sells used and unused bucket elevators in different specifications.  If you are currently interested in purchasing a bucket elevator, browse the list below that we currently have in stock. If you have a bucket elevator that you wish to sell, please click here. Our large inventory has included surplus bucket elevators from manufacturers such as Nedco Conveyor, Kleenline, Smalley Mfg., Universal Industries, Indopol and more. Bucket elevators are used for vertically hauling bulk materials across industrial facilities or manufacturing facilities. These elevators are usually preferred for hauling materials like fertilizers, grains, and so on. These elevators feature buckets for holding materials, which is how they get their name. It is not always necessary that you invest in new bucket elevators, rather you can even find value with high-quality used bucket elevators. All the products listed on this page are available for quick purchase and they are covered under the best price guarantee.  JM Industrial stocks various types of used conveyors for sale.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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How Does A Bucket Elevator Work?

A bucket elevator uses a series of containers attached to a chain to transport bulk material vertically. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of the working of vertical bucket elevators. 

  • Step 1 – Material Loading – Many materials are loaded into the containers at the bottom of the elevator. 
  • Step 2 – Chain Movement – Once the material is loaded, the belt or chain moves these containers in a continuous loop.
  • Step 3 –Discharge – As the containers reach the top of the elevator, they are emptied, and the material is discharged at the discharge point. 
  • Step 4 –Return – After discharging the material, the empty containers are returned to the bottom of the elevator for loading the next batch.

The movement of the belt or chain is typically driven by a motor or other power source, which can be controlled to adjust the elevators speed to match the applications specific needs. 

How Many Types of Used Bucket Elevators are offered at JM Industrial?

At JM Industrial, we offer high-quality used and surplus bucket elevators. All industrial bucket elevators for sale mentioned on this page can be easily distinguished into either of these three categories:

  • Centrifugal Bucket Elevators: As the name indicates, these bucket elevators are driven by centrifugal force. They use centrifugal force when it comes to delivering material at the desired destination. The buckets in these elevators travel at high speed and they travel over the sprocket or the head pulley. The buckets are placed at longer distances from each other. This helps reduce interference between buckets, as well as optimize the material fill. The elevators can be availed with a single chain or belt. These elevators are generally used for conveying free-flowing materials such as clay, grains, sugar, dry chemicals, and finished cement.
  • Continuous Bucket Elevators: These elevators feature closely packed buckets, which operate at low speeds. This slow speed performance enables material flow from the rear side of the preceding bucket. Unlike centrifugal bucket elevators, continuous bucket elevators use gravity for material discharge. These elevators are usually recommended for severe duty applications and large capacity materials. They may feature a single chain, a belt or double chain depending on the requirement. Additional modifications can be created in these elevators for conveying fragile, sluggish, or any type of abrasive materials. These modifications will help reduce material aeration, and minimize the damage of friable or fragile material.
  • Positive Discharge Bucket Elevator: A positive discharge bucket elevator is designed to ensure the complete discharge of materials from the buckets at the end of the conveying cycle. The buckets are designed with a close spacing and a curved bottom, which ensures that no material is left behind in the bucket after it has been emptied. They are commonly used for applications that require the transport of fragile materials, such as grains, seeds, or pharmaceuticals. By ensuring the complete discharge of material from the buckets, positive discharge bucket elevators help prevent damage to the materials during transport and ensure that all of the material reaches its intended destination.

How Bucket Elevator Conveyors Differ from Other Conveyors?

Bucket elevator conveyors are different from other conveyors in many ways. The following pointers will help understand the differences. 

  • The vertical orientation is one factor that sets these industrial bucket elevators apart from the others. Bucket elevators move materials vertically, while others either move horizontally or on an incline. This makes them ideal for applications, wherein materials must be transported vertically over long distances.
  • Next is the design of the bucket. Buckets are designed to scoop up and transport materials, while other conveyors use belts, rollers, or slats to move materials. The bucket design makes bucket elevators especially useful for transporting dry or powdered materials, such as grains, seeds, or minerals.
  • Bucket elevators are capable of handling high-capacity loads. This makes them ideal for applications requiring large quantities of materials. 
  • Compared to other types of conveyor systems, bucket elevators are relatively low on maintenance. The simple design of the buckets and conveyor belt require minimal maintenance, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. 
  • The bucket elevator conveyors can be customized in terms of bucket size, chain type, and more. This customization allows for a wide range of materials to be transported and increase the application across industries. 

Factor Considerations for Bucket Elevator Conveyors

Be it surplus or used industrial bucket elevators for sale, certain factors must be considered to ensure that the conveyor meets the applications specific requirements. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Capacity: The bucket conveyor capacity is a critical factor as it determines how much material can be transported at once. The capacity should be matched to the application needs to ensure that the conveyor can handle the required volume of material.
  • Speed: The speed of the bucket elevator conveyor affects the rate at which the material can be transported. The conveyor speed depends on many factors such as the size and shape of the buckets, the characteristics of the material being transported, and more.
  • Material Characteristics: This is another important consideration when selecting a bucket elevator conveyor. Factors such as the materials size, shape, and density can affect the conveyors performance, and the buckets or containers should be designed accordingly.
  • Environmental Factors: Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and dust levels should also be considered when selecting a bucket elevator conveyor. The conveyor should be designed to withstand the applications specific environmental conditions to ensure reliable and efficient operation.

What Are The Advantages Of Bucket Elevators?

The following features of industrial bucket elevators make them an ideal choice for conveyance applications.

  • They are designed to work in all types of industrial environments.
  • All bucket elevators for sale listed here, including Universal Industries bucket elevators are designed to carry free-flowing materials as well as materials with poor flowing characteristics.
  • Made of durable materials, these bucket elevators are virtually maintenance-free, and offer years of trouble-free performance.

What Is Bucket Elevators Used For?

At JM Industrial, we provide bucket elevators for use in various industries. They are mainly used for conveying materials such as animal feeds, aggregates, calcined coke, fertilizers, frac sand, lime, minerals, potash and so on. Made of stainless steel and other durable materials, these bucket elevators can withstand harsh working environments. They are used in the following industries:

  • Fertilizer Processing Facilities
  • Pulp and Paper Mills
  • Power Plants
  • Lime Processing Facilities
  • Steel Production Facilities
  • Construction facilities
  • Oil Production Mills
  • Mining Facilities

Why Should You Invest In Used Bucket Elevators?

Investing in used bucket elevators has its benefits, which make them a lucrative choice for small and large production units and other business. The following points will help you understand it better.

  • Save Money: This is the first prominent benefit of purchasing a used bucket elevator. You will get them at fractional prices than their new counterparts.
  • Lower Environmental Impact: Any manufacturing process demands high energy, efforts, and time. Although many people consider new equipment as an asset they add to their carbon emissions.
  • Seek the Same Value as New Equipment: High quality used bucket elevators allow you to seek the same value as new equipment as they are already proven to work.
  • Reduced Waiting Times: If you order new equipment, sometimes it may take several months to deliver. However, used bucket elevators are easily available for purchase. Also, they can easily suffice your short-term or long-term goals.
  • Avoid Depreciation Costs: Every new equipment experiences high depreciation in the first year after the purchase. By purchasing used bucket elevators, you can easily save on depreciation of value.

Do you have surplus bucket elevators or any other used industrial equipment such as screw conveyors, belt conveyors, vibratory conveyors, Pneumatic Conveyors, Flexible Screw Conveyors to sell? We can help you seek value from it. Get in touch with our team and they will help you categorize your products and sell them. Also, if you have any doubts regarding any bucket elevators for sale listed here, you can get in touch with us. We are happy to serve you always.


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