New Cat® CTV Series Hydraulic Transfer Grapples Feature a High Fill Factor

For Release in Europe, CIS, Middle East, Africa: April 2013
Release Number: 195PR13

Caterpillar Work Tools, the leading provider of wheel loader and excavator attachments, is introducing its new line of CTV grapples, a new generation of transfer grapples for Cat® hydraulic excavators and material handlers from 15-75 tons. The CTV grapples are designed to transfer large volumes of loose material such as grains, coal, sand and gravel maximising productivity. Caterpillar offers three standard types of CTV transfer grapples: the CTV15,  CTV20 and CTV40. Each model is available in range a clamshell capacities. The CTV30 will be introduced later this year.

"The CTV line of clamshell grapples represents the latest wave of Cat Work Tools innovation. It combines robust and modern design with a high fill factor to make these grapples a highly efficient asset for any shipping dock" says Richard J. Hermann, Commercial Manager, Caterpillar Work Tools.

Powerful Grip
The powerful closing force of the grapple shells combined with its fast opening/closing time ensures short cycle times and therefore more tons per hour.

Heavy Duty Construction
The housing features a new robust and modern design that provides optimal protection to the internally routed cylinder hoses. High quality and wear resistant materials are used. The shells pivot pins are fitted with the latest dust seals and sleeve bearings to enhance product life.

High Quality Cylinders
The two high quality cylinders can handle a hydraulic pressure up to 350 bar and are fitted with snubbers to cushion the opening movement of the shells.

Lifting Hooks
Two standard lifting hooks are placed on both sides of the housing the more compact machines into the cargo of ships.

Optional Scraper
The grapples can be equipped with a statically bolted scraper to improve the dumping of sticky material, as an option.

The maintenance panels provide easy access to the main components. Weekly service intervals and readily accessible lubrication points keep downtime to a minimum.






15 - 30 ton

1 m³

1,2 m³



2,3 m³




20 - 40 ton

1,3 m³

1,5 m³

1,7 m³

1,9 m³

2,3 m³

2,7 m³



50 - 70 ton

3,5 m³

4,0 m³

4,5 m³

5 m³




The CTV grapples are fully supported by Cat dealers so that customers can order parts and service for machines and work tools from a single source. Every Cat work tool is supported with a comprehensive range of pre- and after-sales services that include: advice on work tool selection, operator training, equipment management, and a range of financial and insurance solutions.

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