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Caterpillar releases new grading beams for excavators

A set of five new grader beams for use on Cat excavators gives operators the ability to grade sites using their existing machinery

Caterpillar has released a set of new grader beams for its tiltrotators, allowing contractors to take on grading and compaction work using excavators. Available in Australia, the new beams enable 360˚ bidirectional and 40˚ left-and-right rotation of the grading beam to increase attachment versatility.

The grading beams’ mechanically adjustable roller – from 10mm below frame to 20mm above – allows for flexibility in the level of compaction based on material type. Preventing material from sticking to the roller, the adjustable roller scraper allows the attachment to be used with clay, silt and other sticky materials.

Available in five widths from 1,250 to 3,000mm, Cat grading beams can be used for a range of applications, from grading sidewalks to larger site prep. The design’s large top opening with solid extended sides and side plates allow the beam to spread, compact and grade materials quickly and effectively, Caterpillar says.

The grader beams are for use with excavator tiltrotators. Image: Caterpillar

Highly abrasion resistant, Hardox 500 wear protection at the bottom of the beam protects the frame for long-life operation. The beam’s welded frame increases structural rigidity, while additional support plates on the heavy-duty frame extend beam strength and overall service life.

Compatible with Cat Grade technology via the Cat tiltrotator attachment, tool recognition automatically confirms the identity of the attachment to ensure all settings – pressure, flow and dimensions – are correct, allowing operators to quickly get to work.

Standard Cat PL161 attachment technology provides simple attachment tracking across all worksites, reducing the chance of a lost grading beam and assisting with maintenance and replacement. The PL161 integrates into VisionLink for fleet management from a single mobile device.

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