Posted by Brooke Just
Werk-Brau’s Hydra-clamp bucket features a built-in rotary actuated thumb, which maintains consistent clamping force on the load through the entire rotation, for improved flexibility and precision. Constructed of abrasion and wear resistant and high-strength AR400 steel in all critical areas, this versatile attachment works well for handling heavy, awkward or bulky items, moving debris, sorting scrap, riprap or other demolition rubble.
A helical actuator provides up to 54,000 foot pounds of torque at 3000 psi, considerably more clamping force than a traditional bucket and thumb set-up, with no exposed cylinders to become damaged. Consistent clamping force throughout the thumbs 120-degree range of motion allows operators to maintain control of materials regardless of positioning. Werk-Brau Hydra-clamp buckets include serrated side plates, which help secure debris while moving and are available in various sizes to match machines capacities.
Operators can use 100 percent of the excavators reach. There is less machine repositioning to grab or stack materials, so operators are more productive with less wear on the undercarriage. The Hydra-clamp can be transferred from machine-to-machine, which works well for multi-machine fleets. This minimizes machine downtime and installation and labor costs, thus increasing machine usage and profitability. Total weight of the Hydra-clamp is typically less than a bucket and thumb combination, helping to optimize machine efficiency and productivity.
High-strength steel is used throughout the weldment. Hardened, greaseable bushings are utilized at all pivot points. Tapered side plates reduce wear on bucket sides and allows easier dumping. A variety of tooth options or bolt-on cutting edge are readily available for customization of the Hydra-clamp to suit specific needs.
The Hydra-clamp is also available as a rake.