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What is a Manual Quick Hitch / Mechanical Pin Grabber Coupler?

What is a Manual Quick Hitch / Mechanical Pin Grabber Coupler?

What is a Manual Quick Hitch / Mechanical Pin Grabber Coupler?

Alternative names: Mechanical Pin Grabber Coupler, Quick Coupler, Mechanical Hitch, Bar Hitch, Manual Hitch, Quick Attach.


The manual quick hitch is most commonly used with construction machines to allow the rapid change of buckets and attachments. They remove the requirement to use hammers to manually drive out and insert the pins for each attachment.

The Rhinox Manual Quick Hitch is one of the most efficient ways to change digger buckets and attachments on a mini digger or excavator. Available for most common 0.75 to 3-ton machines (25mm pin up to 35mm pin), bucket changes can be as quick as taking a safety pin out and using a lever to open the latch, allowing your bucket to be un-hooked. The improved Rhinox Quick Hitch composition embodies industry leading designs, following extensive research, and maximises the best features to create a new, innovate piece of equipment to make attachment changes quicker and more efficient.

Rhinox Quick Hitch features:

  • Made From Hardened Steel (for durability)
  • Heavy Duty Design (for strength and safety)
  • Hi-vis Latch (gives clear visibility when latch is engaged)
  • Captive Safety Pin (can’t be disconnected from the machine, so can’t be lost)
  • Includes Pins & Spacer Shims (ensure a snug fit to machine)
  • Low Profile Design (maximises arm extension and increases breakout force)
  • CE Certified (meet EU health & safety requirements)

Key Features & How to use a Rhinox Quick Hitch

Watch our team talk about the Key Features of the Rhinox Quick Hitch & Show you How To Use one:

Benefits of a Quick Hitch

Quick Hitch Demo

An excavator operator may change a bucket up to 30 times a day in order to maximise the machine productivity. Utilising a quick hitch to quickly and efficiently disconnect and reconnect buckets and attachments from the dipper arm further assists the maximisation of the machine, therefore assisting the operator in productivity.

Using a Quick Hitch not only saves time and money, but it can also help protect your machine against unnecessary wear and tear, such as knocking pins in and out using a hammer, as the latch and spring system allows for almost effortless removal. A Quick Hitch also helps to reduce the wear on your bucket and tipping links as they are subdued to a reduced amount of intense force, therefore maximising their lifespan.

Combining strength, durability and safety, the Rhinox hitch contains a number of features which minimise the risk of any harm being caused during operation, as well as providing a robust design to maximise the product lifetime.

Potential Problems

Low Profile Design

Utilising a quick hitch on a mini digger can cause the breakout force to be slightly reduced due to the extra length added by the additional piece of equipment. Breakout force is the amount of power exerted by the dipper arm and it affects the strength and performance of the arm while in use. This means that the operator must be careful not to strike the machine while operating if they are using a quick hitch. In order to help battle this potential operating issue, the Rhinox Quick Hitch is a low-profile design, which helps to increase the overall breakout force. Unless you have a very large attachment on the machine, you are less likely to catch the machine with the attachment anyway.

Another problem that might occur is the quick hitch might fail if an attachment that is incorrectly sized for the machine is attempted to be attached. If the locking system is not in place, the quick hitch might not connect or suddenly swing open during use, releasing the bucket or attachment.

Do you want a Rhinox Quick Hitch? – All you need to know:

Machine makes that Rhinox manufacture for:

Airman, Bobcat, Case, CAT, Daewoo, Doosan, Hanix, Hitachi, JCB, Kubota, New Holland, Takeuchi, Volvo, Yanmar

What the Rhinox Quick Hitch kit includes:

The Quick Hitch Kit includes:

  • 1x Quick Hitch
  • 1x Set of shims
  • 2x Pins to attach Quick Hitch to machine
  • 1x Operation Manual and Maintenance Guide
  • 1x Declaration of Conformity
  • 1x Cab operation guide sticker
  • 1x Dipper arm safety sticker

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Rhinox Quick Hitch Spares

If you require spare parts for your Rhinox Quick Hitch in the event something bends, breaks or is misplaced, our Quick Hitch Spares and Rebuild Kit is available on our website. Quick Hitch Spares & Rebuild Kit

The kit includes:

  • 1x Latch
  • 1x Main Hitch Attachment Pin
  • 1x Safety Pin
  • 1x Linch Pin

Frequently Asked Question: Should I fit a quick hitch to my mini digger?

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People seem to think that there is no real need to fit a quick hitch to a mini digger or a mini excavator. This is because the buckets are generally not very big or heavy, and it is possible for the buckets to be man handled into place. This, however, is not advised. The 36” grading bucket for example is around 45kg. While that is a manageable, the HSE say that 30% of all injuries during manual handling occur at 25kg+.

Rhinox Customer Product review

Customer Quick Hitch Reviews

“Fantastic product, fits perfectly. Well made. Made my life ten times easier!” - Jackeline Mitchell

“Fantastic service! The fit is exact, the build quality exceeds my expectations and instructions are clear. Good company, good service and good product.” – John W Crowell

“It all fit together perfectly. It used to take me 20 to 40 minutes to change buckets. That fact alone would keep me from using the right bucket for the job. The first time to change buckets took me approximately 2 minutes! It took longer to drive Over to the other bucket than it did to hook up.” – Harley Joe