Bucket Elevators

Bucket elevators are one of the most convenient and efficient ways to elevate bulk materials vertically and horizontally.

A quality bucket elevator enables ease of movement of bulk materials on site for greater speed, efficiency, and even safety over other options.

A bucket elevator consists of a series of buckets that are attached to a belt or chain with pulleys or sprockets located at the top and bottom of the unit. Buckets move vertically or at an upward angle to distribute material to many heights and distances.

Lapp Millwright has been installing and servicing bucket elevators for over 6 years and our team members have over 20 years of industry experience. We know what it takes to provide top-notch professional bucket elevator installations, preventative maintenance, and repairs, and we’re dedicated to great customer service and rapid turnaround on projects.

Our team of professionals is ready to help you with all of your bulk handling needs.

Bucket elevators for moving bulk product.

Benefits of Our Bucket Elevator Equipment

Corrosion-resistant galvanized steel elevator

Sturdy and durable

Pre-assembled drive and service platform for easier installation

Wide selection of distributor heads adapted to your project

150 to 15,000 bushels/hour (BPH)

Consistent service and easy maintenance

Can reach heights and lengths of 200 feet

completely customizable to meet your needs!

Why Use a Bucket Elevator?

Bucket elevators offer many advantages over other approaches to moving bulk materials like grain, feed, millings, sawdust, coal, and much more.

Efficient vertical transportation

bucket elevators are one of the more efficient ways to move large quantities of materials vertically.


when used properly, bucket elevators are a safe way to move materials on-site.


bucket elevators can be used in a variety of applications and can be configured to transport materials horizontally as well as vertically or at an incline.


bucket elevators can be customized to meet the specific needs of your application or material.

Preventive Maintenance and Service Contracts for Bucket Elevators

We also offer ongoing maintenance and repair service contracts for all of the bucket elevators we sell and install.

With an ongoing service contract, our team is here to help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently for years to come. These service packages include:

  • regular preventive maintenance and scheduled part replacement to keep you up-and-running with as little down-time as possible
  • discounted repair, replacement parts, and service when the occasional issue arises
  • peace-of-mind that someone besides your hardworking family or staff are maintaining the systems you rely on every day to get the work done


What’s more, Lapp Millwright has been family owned and operated since inception. We treat our customers just like we hope you treat us – like family. Friendly service, impeccable attention to detail.


Get in touch today by calling Lapp Millwright to learn more about our bucket elevator products, services, and solutions.

Types of Bucket Elevators

Three primary types of bucket elevators help facilities and business owners like you get work done quickly:


Also known as gravity discharge elevators, centrifugal bucket elevators are the most common type of bucket elevator for most applications we deal in. These systems rely on the centrifugal force of the bucket's motion to help "throw" the material very short distances from the bucket, often onto conveyers or belts.


Also known as positive discharge elevators, continuous bucket elevators use a series of buckets that are attached to each other and move in a loop without stopping, often faster than other bucket elevators. They tend to dump their contents downward rather than outward. They are more common with finer grains and powders.

Positive Discharge

Positive discharge bucket elevators move material using buckets with paddles or lugs that keep the material in the bucket until it reaches the discharge point. These are generally reserved for specific applications that may have some element of fragility.

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When approved, our team builds and fabricates your system.


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Bucket Elevator Capacity

The capacity of a bucket elevator is determined by two things: volume of material to be moved and type of material to be moved.

For most grain or feed bucket elevator applications, we recommend using centrifugal bucket elevators. These systems are the most common and efficient for moving large quantities of materials.

The actual capacity will vary depending on material, and Lapp Millwright can help you find the right solution for your budget.

Bucket Elevators Versus Augur Elevators

There are two main types of elevators used for moving materials: bucket elevators and screw-type (auger) elevators. While both have their advantages, bucket elevators tend to be more versatile and efficient for most high-touch applications.

Bucket elevators can be used for a variety of materials, including grain, feed, millings, and more. They are also more efficient for vertical transportation, as they rely on gravity to help move the material.

Auger elevators, on the other hand, are better suited for moving smaller quantities of material over shorter distances, horizontal transportation, or for moving materials that are too heavy or dense for bucket elevators, like silage. They’re also often used in conjunction with other conveyance systems like belt or chain conveyors.

If you’re not sure which type of elevator is right for your project, Lapp Millwright can help. We can assess your needs and recommend the best solution for your budget, with extensive experience with elevators in a variety of applications.

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Bucket Elevators for Grain and Feed Applications

Imagine if your farm didn’t come to a standstill every time you needed to move bulk feed or grain between buildings or storage facilities.

What if you could automate feeding, no matter where your feed solution is coming from on the farm?

Bucket elevators are a go-to solution for agricultural purposes nationwide. They’re versatile, efficient, and provide a consistent flow of materials for everything from small farms to large commercial feed mills.

At Lapp Millwright, we’ve supplied bucket elevators for grain and feed applications of all kinds, from small family farms to large commercial facilities. We can help you find the right elevator for your needs, whether you’re moving corn, soybeans, wheat, feed, millings, or any other type of agricultural product.

We offer both centrifugal and continuous bucket elevators in a variety of sizes and capacities to suit your project. And our team of experienced engineers will work with you from start to finish to ensure a smooth installation and seamless operation.

Bucket Elevators for Mineral and Landscape or Excavation Materials

Bucket elevators are loved for their versatility. Unlike augur-style elevators, bucket elevators can move free-flowing, abrasive, and atypically formed materials great distances and even great weights.

As a result, bucket elevators are an excellent solution for the excavation, mining, and even landscaping materials industries.

Bucket elevators are a common solution for moving mineral and landscape materials like sand, gravel, and limestone. They offer a safe and efficient way to transport large quantities of material from one point to another. Because design and material can be so specialized, the options are virtually endless when it comes to bucket elevator applications.

At Lapp Millwright, we can supply bucket elevators for all types of mineral and landscape applications, like wood chips, topsoil, sand and gravel, and so much more.

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Installing and Servicing Bucket Elevators in Lancaster County and Northeast PA

Our team of experts has the experience and know-how to design, install, and service your custom elevator system. We understand that each project is unique, so we take the time to get to know you and your specific needs in order to provide a custom solution that will work for you now and in the future. Lapp Millwright is your one-stop shop for all your grain- and feed-handling needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote.

Free Bucket Elevator quotes

Ongoing service contracts to make maintenance and repair hassle-free

Design and installation expertise to help you find the best solution for your space

Experience with a variety of Bucket Elevator equipment manufacturers

Dust Collector Services We Offer

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Smoke & Fume Collection

A series of filters and separators, combined with proper ductwork, means smoke and fumes are properly removed.

Industrial Filters

No matter what filtration your system needs, we will make sure it's properly maintained or replaced!

Service & Repairs

Get the experienced technicians and support you need when things aren't working properly or efficiently.

Preventative Maintenance Programs

Avoid costly repairs and shop downtime with a regular maintenance program.

Ductwork Systems

It doesn't matter if it's a custom or standard design, we provide a full range of ductwork.

Bucket Elevators

We make moving storing and moving bulk product easy and convenient with a range of bucket elevators.

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