Should I fit a Quick Hitch / Pin Grabber Coupler to my Excavator?
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- 07 Nov, 2022
Should I fit a Quick Hitch to my Excavator?
There are many reasons why you may, or may not, want to use a Quick Hitch on your Digger or Excavator. This article sums up some of the most common reasons.
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When to use:
You change Attachments regularly - Speeds up changes
Are you changing between attachments regularly? If 'Yes', then fitting a Quick Coupler is probably the answer for you! Changing attachments over and over again without a Coupler can be very tiring, can cause injuries and means it can take a lot longer than it needs to. The Quick Coupler is designed to significantly speed up your bucket and attachment changes. Instead of smacking bucket pins in and out, you just need to push down on a lever to open a latch and release the bucket pin. This can speed up your changes from 10 minutes to 10 seconds - obviously reducing the amount of downtime and increasing the amount of time you have to work on your projects.
Reduces Manual Handling
Buckets and attachments for a Mini Excavator don't tend to be very big or heavy so it is physically possible for them to be man-handled into place to be fitted to your machine. But, it has been proven that most construction injuries are due to manual handling and have happened when lifting things not much over 25 kg / 55 lbs - which isn't very much when a standard 36" Grading Bucket weighs around 45 kg / 100 lbs. So, fitting a Quick Coupler reduces the need to push and pull attachments into place while trying to smacking bucket pins in and out.
Stops damage to Pins / Bushes / Tipping Links
It's no secret to any excavator operator that has to change buckets and attachments manually that, driving the pins in and out of the bucket will cause damage to your pins, bushes and bucket links. It's also no surprise that having to replace these components when worn or damaged can cause almost as much as fitting a Quick Coupler.
When not to use:
The Cost - Too Expensive
Manual Quick Hitches / Mechanical Pin Grabber Couplers aren't cheap - many people think they are too expensive and may not be worth the price. Many of the Couplers in the market range between $600 - $1,000. This price can be justified, or not justified, by many people based off of its performance, keep reading to help you decide whether this investment is right for you.
Only using 1 Attachment
If you're only using one attachment over and over, we would usually recommend that you don't need to fit a Quick Coupler to your Excavator because the cost would not out-way the benefit of using one. You will not need to speed up your attachment changes - which is the primary benefit of using a Coupler.
Repetitive Harsh Jobs
A Quick Coupler is made of strong steel but is still considered to be a more fragile piece of machinery. So, if you regularly use hard wearing attachments like a Breaker or a Skeleton Bucket on your machine, we advise you not to use a Coupler, as it can cause wear or damage to your hitch. In this situation, we would recommend directly mounting your attachments to the end of your Excavator Arm. Many manufacturers, including Rhinox, do not offer warranty on Couplers if they have been used with these sorts of attachments. For more examples of when your Coupler warranty would be deemed void, click here.
Reduces Breakout Force
Breakout Force is the amount of force exerted by the Excavator Arm through the attachment and into the ground. Attaching a Coupler to your Excavator Arm will add extra length to the end of the arm and this can slightly reduce breakout force. In many cases, this will not have a significant effect and the reduction in Breakout Force is negligible and doesn't impact the jobs you're carrying out.