Caterpillar improves material handling performance


Cat has announced that redesigned features on its material handlers will improve performance and durability. The GSV520 and GSV520 GC grapple attachments for the company’s MH3022, MH3024 and MH3026 machines incorporate updated easy-loading tines, plus vertical cylinders that facilitate greater material swing and more efficient bulk-material handling.

A Cat spokesman said, “The GSV520 and GSV520 GC, which replace GSM25-Series grapples, provide users with a choice for matching the grapple to the needs of the operation. The GSV520 GC allows the lowest acquisition and excellent lifecycle value; the GSV520 provides the lowest overall owning and operating cost and optimum lifecycle performance.”

Suitable for use in a wide range of material handling applications, the enhanced performance of the new grapples helps waste-handling operators meet the increased pressure to recycle with tighter budgets. The design of the GSV-Series incorporates high-grade, impact-resistant steel designed to protect vulnerable areas, such as hydraulic cylinders, which have been redesigned to provide added protection for the cylinder rod and to ensure quicker grapple opening time.

For greater durability, hardened pins and lubricated bushings have been used in all pivot points. Tines have replaceable, cast tips of BHN 445-555 material for wear-resistance and both new models have been built to last for longer.

In addition, the diameter of the pin at the main hinge point for both models has been significantly increased for greater durability, and the GSV520 features a redesigned bushing at the hinge point. Also, solid hinge point construction and more robust end stops further promote durability, and a solid pin design keeps mounting brackets in an upright position for ease of installation. The GSV520 also features a standard lifting eye on the bottom of the housing for expanded versatility, such as for mounting a magnet, as well as a new rotator that reduces internal restrictions and results in lower fuel consumption.

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