DON'T LET ONE OF YOUR SMALLEST PARTS BECOME YOUR WEAKEST LINK
Cat® linkage pins and bearings keep your machine and your work moving, all day, every day. Unlike competitive options, Cat linkage pins and bearings are designed with the machine to strict Caterpillar specifications. That means every joint is a perfect fit delivering precise productivity, longer life and lower operating cost.
Whatever type of work you’re doing, it’s your equipment’s buckets, blades and tools that take the challenge head on. Small parts like linkage pins and assemblies play a big role in making sure the job gets done quickly, smoothly and precisely. Here’s a look at what sets Cat linkage pins and assemblies apart, why it’s so important to maintain and replace them properly — and how doing so translates into higher productivity, less downtime and lower costs for you.
Pins are an important part to the productivity of your excavator but is not something you often think about. While it may be low on the priority list, it’s high on the productivity list. The bucket linkage on your excavator takes on the toughest part of your work, so it’s important to look for any worn, broken or missing parts. Here’s what to look for during your daily walk around inspection, beyond just the obvious issues. And you’ll see why spending a little more money upfront, can save you big dollars in the long run.
Wheel loaders are no stranger to abrasive and high load conditions. Which is why inspection, maintenance and proper pin replacement are crucial to the performance of your machine. Warn and broken parts or loose bolts can cause inaccuracies leading the operator to an overload or underload situation. Here’s how to safely check the pins and assemblies on your wheel loader and what to look for during inspection.
Dozers are the heavy-duty earth movers of most construction sites. Pushing through rough terrain can take a toll on your pin joints. Performance of those pins is critical to make sure that the blade is penetrating into the ground as effectively as it can. And the number one cause of pin failures is lack of lubrication, which can cost you up to 16 hours of downtime and thousands of dollars in unplanned repairs. Take a look at how to safely inspect the push arm pins along the back of the blade and, more importantly, what to look for during that inspection.
Motor graders clear the way for machines and vehicles in all kind of conditions. From grading dirt and gravel to snow removal, the components take on tough materials. And the pins, joints and linkage assemblies — while often overlooked — can have a direct impact on motor grader performance. Having a loose pin can lead to downtime, failure, inaccuracy or rework. Here’s what to properly look for while inspecting the moldboard pivot pin and why overall proper maintenance is important to putting down a good grade.
Cat linkage pins are hardened to a deeper heat treat depth than competitive pins. This makes them stronger and more resistant to high-load conditions.
Designed together as a system, Cat linkage pins, bearings, and seals “fit” within a fraction of a millimeter.
High-surface hardness makes Cat linkage pins highly resistant to abrasive wear.
Cat linkage pins are hardened to a deeper level than competitive pins. This makes them stronger and more resistant to high load conditions.
The surface of Cat linkage pins makes them highly resistant to abrasive wear. Ultra-fine surface finishes give smoother performance and lower wear rates.
Where chrome pins are required, outstanding chrome thickness prevents damage to the pin surface, reduces the risk of galling and improves the life of the pin.
Caterpillar side-by-side testing with competitive pins reveals:
Poor welds can lead to broken retention systems, resulting in damage to the pin joint. If the pin works its way out of the bore, it could cause major machine damage, work stoppage and downtime.
Linkage pins that aren't as strong as Cat are more likely to fail — and lead to avoidable repairs and downtime. Keep costs low by using genuine Cat linkage pins.