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Lock and load with the Doherty Tilt coupler range

Designed for tough Australian conditions, Doherty Couplers & Attachments’ DH D-Lock Tilt coupler range is well-known for being compact in design, powerful and virtually maintenance-free

The D-Lock Tilt range, which incorporates a precision-built actuator ensuring trouble-free operation, allows operators to simply tilt all attachments up to 180 degrees rather than having to move the entire machine. Doherty QLD & NT territory manager Jack Hartley explains that this versatility improves productivity; increasing profits for the end user.

The D-Lock Tilt coupler has been purposely designed with a compact and narrow body for better visibility and performance. In addition, Doherty’s D-Lock coupler with its patented DPL+ safety system always comes standard on the D-Lock Tilt range, “giving it serious benefits over other brands”, Hartley says.

In fact, Doherty is one of the few manufacturers globally to offer quick couplers that are 100 per cent compliant to Australian standard AS13031:2023, European standard EN474, International standard ISO 13031 and all major contractor policies.

“Our patented DPL+ system reassures the operator by having three impressive safety measures in place in the event of a loss of engagement force,” Hartley says.

“Both the front and rear pins are locked and the primary jaw safety lock is backed up by an independent heavy-duty compression spring, preventing the primary lock from releasing.”

Because the jaw lock pawls are spring biased to the locked position, “unlocking will only occur when the operator intends to do so in a controlled and safe manner”, he adds.

The strength and sturdiness of the D-Lock Tilt coupler handles heavy loads with ease, as seen here on one of K.V.A Excavations’ machines

Along with the D-Lock’s safety system, Hartley highlights that the chassis has allowed for a more compact design and improved the basic weldment strength.

“The lifting eye forms an integral part of the side plate for structural integrity and fits multiple bow shackle sizes while retaining a high, safe working load,” he says.

“We’ve increased the cylinder size on the 240 and above models to match this power increase, and our 14-tonne and above models also feature multi-pin size pick-up capability – further increasing its versatility.”

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With the D-Lock Tilt range covering machines from one to 50 tonnes, Hartley says customers love the performance.

“Customers like the D-Lock Tilt’s durability – it continually proves its strength when working in the rough civil conditions that our clients are accustomed to,” he says.

“The range also comes with an industry-leading two-year or 3,000-hour [whichever occurs first] warranty for further peace of mind.”

Located in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility in Wacol, Brisbane, Doherty’s impressive 3,350 square metre internal workshop and storage space, with an extra 1,200 square metres of undercover storage and 2,000 square metres of yard area provides ample space to further expand its manufacturing and assembly operation.

“With additional investment in people, machinery and space, it gives us increased productivity, an ability to service a broader range of industries and a more widespread reach for our D-Lock Tilt range and other earthmoving attachments across Australia,” Hartley says.

For more information contact Doherty Couplers and Attachments on 1800 057 021 or email

Doherty will be at Diesel Dirt & Turf 2024 on stand D9.

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