Genesis launches upgrade orange peel scrap grapple design
By Lindsay Gale22 May 2011
Genesis Equipment has introduced a new enhanced design for its four model line of orange peel grapples that, it claims, reduces maintenance requirements, improves durability, provides lower operating costs and enhances safety.
The four models cover the capacity range from 0.6 cubic metres (0.75 cubic yards) to 1.3 cubic metres (1.5 cubic yards.
According to Genesis design engineer Dan Raihala: "We looked hard at our original design and listened to customer feedback to identify areas in which improvements could be made.
"The first was in the area of maintenance. The new design features composite bearings with dust seals at all pivot points, leaving only the rotation bearing to grease.
"The heavy-duty cylinder guarding system, designed to protect the cylinders and internal components, is easily removed for maintenance."
Other changes include reverse mounted cylinders to protect rods, large-bore hydraulic cylinders to maximise clamping force and long, abrasion-resistant steel tips that can be easily replaced with a simple perimeter weld.