There are several attachment options for handling scrap, the best fit for you will depend on several factors, like the layout of the yard, budget, and type of machinery. The best solution will often be a combination of attachments working together to get the job done. Below are some of the more common scrap attachments with the pro's and con's of each.
A scrap magnet works through electricity, the operator moves the magnet over the scrap to be handled, he switches on the electricity and this causes the magnet to activate. He moves the magnet with the material to the desired location and switches off the electricity, the disc is no longer magnetized and the materials drop off.
Mobile shears are used to cut large pieces of metal scrap into smaller more manageable pieces. In the past, these large pieces of scrap were cut by hand with torches. A hydraulic mobile shear is mounted to the end of the material handler and work off the hydraulics of the machine.
Hydraulic Grapples are the most common attachment for moving material in a scrap environment. Hydraulic grapples offer the most flexibility, they are available in different sizes and tine numbers and tine designs which allows the operator to custom tailor a grapple to fit his material handling needs.
A Magnet Grapple is a standard grapple with a magnet permanently attached in the center. These are typically seen in smaller scrap yards where the operator wants to multifunction with one tool. The biggest drawback to a magnet grapple is the loss of overall capacity of the grapple.
There are several factors that should be considered when purchasing a grapple. These factors include items such as design, lead times, parts availability and service. This section will touch on each of these topics with Anvil Attachments solution to each.
Anvil Attachments is one of the original manufactures of hydraulic grapples in the world. There are tried and test and have been continually improved over the years.
Outside of the general design considerations discussed above, it is important to consider the design and quality of the individual grapple components.
The grapple motor, also known as the swivel is the heart of the grapple. The motor provides power to all of the necessary hydraulic systems. Anvils motor is a simple design and easy to maintain.
Anvil offers every rotation option possible. Anvil's rotation system is a simple ring gear design which is both robust and allows for easy maintenance. Rotation options are as follows.
Grapple cylinders are one of the most important components on the grapple. The cylinders must be powerful and robust to withstand the force exerted on them.
The center section in all Anvil grapples are made of high strength A514, or “T1” steel and are tested in their in house FEA program for strength.
Material Upgrades are available as well which are recommend when operating in harsh conditions.
When choosing a grapple, an important consideration is the tine liner design. The tine liner should match the type and size of scrap which is primarily being handled. Another consideration is the number of tines on the grapple.
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