The stick on a well-designed and well-maintained excavator can often last for the life of the machine, but no part is beyond breaking. Frequently running a stick with an overloaded bucket or using the arm of the excavator for heavy pushes to the side can lead to cracks, bends, and other issues in the stick. Most often, a damaged stick is the result of a sudden event – a fast swing into an immovable object can spell a quick end for your excavator stick.

If you’ve found yourself in the search for a replacement excavator stick, the good news is that since the stick is designed to outlast many parts on an excavator, there’s often a robust inventory of available used sticks. To help with your search, we’ve assembled this short guide on how to search for a replacement excavator stick.

❱❱ Matching the Stick to your Excavator

The easiest and simplest path to start your excavator stick search is by searching (online or through a parts supplier) using your machine’s make, model, and serial number. Using those three points of information you will be able to find the available inventory that’s been salvaged from the same machine you own.

If you’ve already tried that without luck, you’re looking for a better priced replacement stick, or you just want more options, it’s time to grab the tape measure and spend a few minutes with your old stick. Since often a stick will work with a wider range of machines than just your exact machine, grabbing these measurements will often open up a new set of available replacement sticks. You’ll just match those measurements with a company that offers online excavator sticks for sale and they’ll help in your search.

With a tape measure and a few minutes with your current stick, you can find all the measurements you need to search for a replacement. » Click video to play/pause animation.

❱❱ What Measurements Do I Need to Search for a Used Excavator Stick?

To get the dimensions you’ll need to search for a salvaged excavator stick, you’ll just need to grab your tape and start measuring your current stick (depending on the machine a long tape might be necessary). For a few measurements, a second set of hands can be helpful. Below, you’ll find descriptions with images to help identify what exactly to measure and, if you’re a paper and pencil person, you can grab our printable stick measuring guide.

Bucket Connection Pin Hole Diameter [View Image]

Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the bucket to the stick.

Bucket Link Connection Pin Hole Diameter [View Image]

Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the bucket link to the side of the stick.

Bucket Cylinder Connection Pin Hole Diameter [View Image]

Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes in a pin ear that is used to connect the bucket cylinder to the stick.

Boom Connection Pin Hole Diameter [View Image]

Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the boom to the stick.

Stick Cylinder Connection Pin Hole Diameter [View Image]

Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes in a pin ear that is used to connect the stick cylinder to the stick.

Bucket Connection Pin Hole to Bucket Cylinder Connection Pin Hole Distance [View Image]

Measure the distance from the center of one of the bucket connection pin holes to the center of one of the bucket cylinder connection pin holes.

Boom Connection Pin Hole to Stick Cylinder Connection Pin Hole Distance [View Image]

Measure the distance from the center of one of the boom connection pin holes to the center of one of the stick cylinder connection pin holes.

Bucket Connection Pin Hole to Bucket Link Connection Pin Hole Distance [View Image]

Measure the distance from the center of one of the bucket connection pin holes to the center of one of the bucket link connection pin holes.

Working Length [View Image]

Determine the working length of the stick by measuring from one of the pin holes used to connect the bucket to the stick to the center of one of the pin holes used to connect the boom to the stick.

Bucket Cylinder Connection Pin Ears Inside Width [View Image]

Measure the inside width of the pin ears on the upper side of the stick where the bucket cylinder will connect to the stick.

Stick Cylinder Connection Pin Ears Inside Width [View Image]

Measure the inside width of the pin ears on the side nearest the machine where the stick cylinder will connect to the stick.

Width Of Stick Where Stick Pins To Boom [View Image]

Measure the width of the stick at the spot where it will pin to the boom.

Width of Stick Where Stick Pins to Bucket [View Image]

Measure the width of the stick at the spot where the bucket will be pinned to the stick.

 

Now, measurements in hand (or written down), hopefully your excavator stick search will prove to be successful and you’ll have your excavator back up and running, swiftly.

If you find you do need help in your search, our knowledgeable Part Specialists are always here to help connect you with the perfect new or used excavator part. And when you call they’ll search not just our deep inventory of new, used, and reconditioned excavator parts, but also our national connected parts network. Just drop them a message.

 

 Excavator Stick Diagram Gallery

Bucket pin hole diameter
Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the bucket to the stick.
Bucket link pin hole diameter.
Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the bucket link to the side of the stick.
Bucket cylinder pin hole diameter.
Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes in a pin ear that is used to connect the bucket cylinder to the stick.
Stick cylinder pin hole diameter.
Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes in a pin ear that is used to connect the stick cylinder to the stick.
Boom pin hole diameter.
Measure the diameter of one of the pin holes that is used to connect the boom to the stick.
Bucket connection to bucket link connection distance.
Measure the distance from the center of one of the bucket connection pin holes to the center of one of the bucket link connection pin holes.
Bucket connection to bucket cylinder connection distance.
Measure the distance from the center of one of the bucket connection pin holes to the center of one of the bucket cylinder connection pin holes.
boom connection to stick cylinder connection distance.
Measure the distance from the center of one of the boom connection pin holes to the center of one of the stick cylinder connection pin holes.
bucket cylinder pin ears inside width
Measure the inside width of the pin ears on the upper side of the stick where the bucket cylinder will connect to the stick.
stick cylinder pin ears inside width
Measure the inside width of the pin ears on the side nearest the machine where the stick cylinder will connect to the stick.
stick width at boom
Measure the width of the stick at the spot where it will pin to the boom.
stick width at bucket
Measure the width of the stick at the spot where the bucket will be pinned to the stick.
working length of excavator stick
Determine the working length of the stick by measuring from one of the pin holes used to connect the bucket to the stick to the center of one of the pin holes used to connect the boom to the stick.

How To Series

This article is part of the H&R Construction Equipment Parts How To series, designed to give readers and viewers a brief glimpse of the work of our Recon and Rebuild team or to provide basic maintenance and help tips. Whether you’re rolling up your sleeves and about to get your hands greasy or you’re just looking for a better understanding of a part, please practice proper safety protocols and understand this is only a basic guide. Consult a trained professional before performing any unfamiliar tasks.