Anvil Attachments Introduces Diesel Hydraulic Scrap Grapple

Company is developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics.

February 12, 2013
Waterways Today
Equipment & Products

Anvil Attachments, Slaughter, La., has released a completely self-contained, diesel-powered hydraulic scrap grapple that the company says is suited for material handling from ships and barges where hydraulics or electricity are not options.

Anvil says that its diesel hydraulic scrap grapple is completely self-contained and self-powered, and easily attaches to any crane that can support the weight. It is suited for handling a wide range of products including scrap, stone blocks, rip-rap and pig iron.

Jon Craft, president of Anvil Attachments, says, “Our goal was to get the design right the first time, that is why we spent over a year on design and development. Our engineers used our Finite-Element Analysis software to its full capabilities; this way we ensure that this grapple provides maximum strength and payload for the weight.

“Based off of our initial field test and customer feedback, we got it right. Our first unit sold was immediately thrown into the fire, moving foot-long pieces of pig iron, one of the toughest types of materials to handle, and our diesel grapple has worked with barely a glitch,” Craft adds.

Anvil's diesel hydraulic scrap grapple can be configured with either a turbo-charged air-cooled diesel engine or water-cooled diesel engine, depending on the environment. The engines range up to 150 horsepower. The grapple also has several engine access panels for easy access and maintenance.

The grapple tines are completely configurable to user and material handling preference with five tine options, from small-blade, to lower enclosed, up to full enclosed. The tines are modular and crafted using high strength alloy steel for maximum wear resistance and every tine is powered with a 5-inch cylinder. The cylinders are custom designed and feature inertia welded rod eyes for maximum strength.

Anvil notes that the grapple has an easy pin adapter that will connect to virtually any crane. Once connected, the grapple engine is started and opening and closing is all controlled through a simple remote control unit that works up to 500 feet away. Anvil says it is currently developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics. The app is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2013.

Anvil says it developed the diesel hydraulic scrap grapple to fill a need of bulk material handlers who needed a completely self-contained grapple where standard hydraulic or electro-hydraulic would not fit. Anvil's new grapple experiences no overheating issues, burns two-thirds less fuel, and has throttle control and a 50 gallon fuel tank with low level shutdown, according to the company.

In addition, Anvil currently has a diesel-powered clamshell bucket in production. This bucket will use many of the same concepts and parts as the grapple. They will share standard engines and hydraulics.
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