Click here to view Anvil Attachments photo gallery from the show. Anvil's center piece at the show was its 6 Tine 7 Cubic Yard Diesel Hydraulic Grapple. They also displayed a 4 Tine 1 Cubic Yard Grapple, a 5 Tine 1 Cubic Yard Grapple, a Multi Purpose 2 over 3 grapple, and a Quick Connect Tine for the Diesel Hydraulic Grapple.
After a year in design and development, Anvil Attachments has debuted its latest product offering, a completely self-contained, diesel powered hydraulic scrap grapple.
Anvil's diesel hydraulic scrap grapple is intended for material handling from ships and barges where hydraulics or electricity are not options. The diesel hydraulic orange peel scrap grapple is completely self-contained and self-powered, and easily attaches to any crane that can support the weight. It is suited for handling a wide range of products including scrap, stone blocks, rip-rap, and pig iron.
Jon Craft, President of Anvil Attachments, said, “Our goal was to get the design right the first time, that is why we spent over a year on design and development. Our engineers used our Finite-Element Analysis software to its full capabilities, this way we ensure that this grapple provides maximum strength and payload for the weight. Based off of our initial field test and customer feedback, we got it right. Our first unit sold was immediately thrown into the fire, moving foot long pieces of pig iron, one of the toughest types of materials to handle, and our diesel grapple has worked with barely a glitch.”
Anvil's diesel hydraulic orange peel scrap grapple can be configured with either a turbo charged air cooled diesel engine or water cooled diesel engine, depending on your environment. These engines range up to 150 horse power. The grapple has several engine access panels for easy access and maintenance.
The orange peel grapple tines are completely configurable to user and material handling preference with five tine options from small-blade, to lower enclosed, up to full enclosed. The tines are modular and crafted using high strength alloy steel for maximum wear resistance and every tine is powered with a 5-inch cylinder. These cylinders are custom designed and feature inertia welded rod eyes for maximum strength.
The grapple has an easy pin adapter that will connect to virtually any crane. Once connected to the crane, the grapple engine is started and opening and closing is all controlled through a simple remote control unit that works up to 500 feet away. Anvil is currently developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics; this should be ready in the first quarter of 2013.
Anvil developed the diesel hydraulic scrap grapple to fill a need of bulk material handlers who needed a completely self-contained grapple where standard hydraulic or electro-hydraulic would not fit. Compared to the competition, Anvil's grapple experiences no overheating issues, burns 2/3 less fuel, has throttle control, a 50 gallon fuel tank with low level shutdown, all while handling pig iron.
In addition, Anvil currently has a diesel-powered clamshell bucket in production. This bucket will use many of the same concepts and parts as the grapple. They will share standard engines, hydraulics, etc. Anvil took what they learned from the grapple and applied these proven technologies to the bucket.
Anvil's diesel powered hydraulic scrap grapple, model DHSG, is now available for sale or rent.
Anvil Attachments is one of the oldest suppliers of Grabs, Grapples, and Clamshell Buckets for Bulk Material Handling. Anvil has been supplying products under various brand names since 1905.
When a retired US Marine, who now owns and runs a scrap yard in south Mississippi, made a special request for his four tine hydraulic grapple, Anvil obliged. The former Marine requested that Anvil make his grapple a little “Patriotic”. Anvil went beyond a little patriotic and gave the four tine orange peel hydraulic grapple the full Red, White and Blue treatment. The hydraulic grapple, pictured above, was in the shop for a rebuild as it had been through tough usage, moving scrap metal, cars and more. This job was typical of an Anvil complete rebuild, starting with full disassembly, sandblasting and testing of the hydraulic system. The next step was to replace the worn and damaged parts. These parts consisted of upper and lower pins and bushings, tine pins and bushings and tine teeth. All of the grapple's hydraulic hoses and fittings were replaced. A missing cylinder guard was replaced, and all gouges and cracks were welded. When it was time for paint, Anvil painted the tines blue, cylinders and cylinder covers red and the head assembly white. Anvil has painted custom colors in the past, as they currently have a LSU purple and gold clamshell bucket in the rental fleet and has painted Saints black and gold buckets and grapples as well.