Caterpillar Work Tools has introduced the two model MP300 Series multi-processor that provides a multiplicity of choice through the use of six jaw sets for each base housing. The two new tools are the MP318 and MP324 that weigh in at 1,930 kg (4,246 lb) and 2,610 kg (5,742 lb) when fitted with the Concrete Cutter jaw set and intended for carriers weighing 18-24 tonnes and 23-36 tonnes respectively. Further models will be added to the Series in due course.
Each base housing can be used with six different jaw sets that all feature replaceable wear parts that can be changed in the field rather than surface welded to the jaw. The jaw sets are Concrete Cutter (CC), Demolition (D), Pulveriser (P), Shear (S), Universal (U) and Tank Shear (TS).
According to Cat a new patent pending jaw locking system allows these sets to be switched out in 10 minutes as against the 25 minutes for the previous series. A new booster design that is activated when the jaws meet resistance has been developed around a speed valve and new smaller cylinder that halves the jaw open/close time. Cat said that the cutting force has been increased by up to 6% to generate increased production of between 10% with the steel cutting CC jaw and 50% with the demolition D jaw.
The MP300 Series tools have been shortlisted for the 2013 World Demolition Awards in the Manufacturers’ Innovation category.