Next generation wheeled loader quick coupler from Cat
By Chris Sleight17 April 2009
Caterpillar's ‘Fusion' quick coupler allows wheeled loaders to use a range of work tools, without sacrificing the performance operators get from pin-on attachments. Key to this is a patented new design that moves the coupler's centre of gravity closer to the machine.
Fusion has an open design, which makes it easier for operators to see the attachment pick-up points for quick engagements and disengagements. The unit also features a set of wedges, which holds tools tightly, eliminating any play or rattles.
Michel Jenny, tunnelling and demolition consultant for Caterpillar said, "Rattles used to be a problem with old pin-type systems, when the pins began to wear and you got some play in the system. This however has a conical design, which eliminates that."
The coupler is available on Caterpillar's mid-sized loaders, which is to say 924H to 972H models, covering the 2.3 m3 to 5.5 m3 bucket classes, as well as its IT38 and IT62 tool-carrier wheeled loaders.
Mr Jenny said, "The biggest advantage is that the platform is suitable for the 924 to 972 machines so you can share a huge range of attachments."
Adaptors are also available to allow the Fusion system to be used with non-Caterpillar attachments.