The operators of the underground loader using the Outcast bucket during the production trial commented on its superior performance in doing clean-up work and cutting windrows:
- The angling inwards of the top portion of the bucket sidewalls and cutting-edges greatly reduced the incidence of collisions between the top portion of the bucket and protrusions from the mine wall. On a conventional bucket this is typically a high impact area.
- The scaling bar design enhanced the scaling ability on the drive backs and mine walls. The Outcast bucket scaling bar has an edge that will grip compared to the round bar used on conventional buckets.
- The smooth profile of the underside of the floor of the bucket, rather than profile bars and wear bars, eliminates the risk of the bucket catching on protrusions from the floor when in use.
Even the truck drivers were impressed during the trial because less protruding parts on the Outcast bucket mean less grabbing (and less damage) on the walls of the truck tray.