Tools, by which window cleaners perform their magic, are not just essential, they are crucial. Insert hip buckets. What would we do without those beautiful, elongated tubes that hold our coveted window cleaning tools? We don’t know either, and that is why we carry so many options for you to choose from at abc.
First Things First
One of the most important things to know upfront about hip buckets is that, for the most part, hip buckets fit selectively to their respective brand’s window cleaning tools. With that said, this is not always the case. Click this chart to see with what hip bucket your tools will work best. Having said this, if you are loyal to any one brand and already have your tools, consider buying that brand’s hip bucket. If that doesn’t work for you, perhaps we can help you choose a more suitable hip bucket with this post. We are going to go through all of abc’s hip bucket options, as well as the meaning and purpose behind some of their characteristics.
Tool Belt Attachment
Detachable Clip Style
One option is the way by which the hip bucket attaches to your tool belt. There are a few different styles, each offering its advantages. The first style we are going to talk about is a detachable clip style. This style is similar to most plastic clips, with a female and male end. The male end of the clip will remain on your belt, while the female end detaches completely with the hip bucket in tow. This style is great for window cleaners who are looking to be able to completely take off and put on her or his hip bucket. A detachable hip bucket, though, does include more material in the design, which means that it will hang lower on the leg of the window cleaner.
Semi-Detachable Clip Style
Another style of clip is semi-detachable. This hip bucket is also removable but in a different way. The clips are essentially clipped in a loop around your tool belt. Once the clip is unhinged, nothing remains of the hip bucket on the belt. This style clip is helpful for window cleaners who feel more comfortable with taking the entire clip off of the tool belt, perhaps to make room for other tools.
Slide On Detachable Clip Style
Another style of connecting your hip bucket to your tool belt is referred to as a slide on, detachable clip, and is specific to the Moerman brand. This style clip can slide your hip bucket on and off your belt, as well as give you the ability to detach the hip bucket while leaving the clip on the belt. This style also keeps the hip bucket high on your leg.
Fixed Clip Style
The last popular style of attachment offered on hip buckets is fixed. As the name implies, this hip bucket is fixed onto your tool belt. It consists of a nylon loop that can only be removed by sliding on and off the loop from the tool belt itself. This style is great for window cleaners that like to have his or her hip bucket on their side.
Another characteristic of hip buckets is whether or not they have a leg string, which is essentially a string that ties around your leg to reduce the hip bucket from swaying. Some of the hip buckets that lay higher up on the window cleaners leg don’t have a leg string because the buckets themselves sway less. This difference is a matter of personal preference. Even if you get a hip bucket that includes leg string, you can choose not to use it.
Hip Bucket Slots
The last significant difference is how many slots each hip bucket has. This determines the number of tools you can hold, in some cases, even dictating which tools can be held where. Generally, most hip buckets are designed with one large slot, used for your t-bar and washer, and a few smaller slots for your squeegees.
Triple Crown Hip Bucket
Triple Crown hip buckets have four slots, one large slot for t-bars, and three smaller slots for squeegees. These are offered with a detachable clip style, as well as a semi-detachable clip. All Triple Crown hip buckets come with a leg string and four legs that allow for the hip bucket to stand up on its own.
Pulex Hip Bucket
The Pulex hip bucket also offers four slots, with respective tool uses. These hip buckets are offered with detachable clip styles and fixed styles. These hip buckets also come with the leg string characteristic.
Moerman Hip Bucket
The next style is the Moerman hip bucket, which is designed with three slots, one large for your t-bar and washer, and two for your squeegees. One unique aspect of these hip buckets is that the squeegee slots are designed to be “inside” the large slot. The Moerman hip bucket is available in the sliding, detachable clip style. It is also a good example of a hip bucket without a leg string, due to the fact that the bucket itself sits higher on the leg than others.
Ettore Hip Bucket
The Ettore hip bucket comes with two slots, one for your t-bar and washer and one for your squeegee. They come in detachable clip style or fixed style.
Unger Ninja Hip Bucket
The Unger Ninja Bucket comes with four slots, one large slot for your washer, two slots for your squeegees, and one slot specifically designed for a single edge razor.
Unger Hip Bucket
The final hip bucket that we discuss is the general Unger hip bucket. It comes with three slots, one large slot for your t-bar, one smaller slot for your squeegee, and one even smaller slot for a single-edged razor.
As we mentioned before, it is essential to make sure that your tools will fit with the brand of hip bucket you choose. With that said, another point to consider is that some wide-body channels have difficulty fitting in the smaller “squeegee” slots.
And there you have it! Hip buckets explained, dissected, and discussed. Next time you’re in the market for a hip bucket or two, be sure to reference this post to make sure you are getting EXACTLY what you need. Also, feel free to download the hip bucket/tool guide to make sure that your tools will work with the hip bucket of your choosing (or vice versa). If you have any unanswered questions about hip buckets, comment below with your questions and email address, and we will be sure to answer them.