With excavator and wheel loader owners and operators always looking for more productive, reliable and safer tooth systems for their buckets, a new range of ground engaging tools offers significant advances over previous systems.
Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from Hensley Industries – now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators and loaders – has been designed as a stronger and longer lasting product, offering additional safety enhancements.
Replacing Hensley’s previous XS Tooth Systems range of teeth and other ground engaging tools (GET), Kprime Tooth System is suitable for excavators with operating weights from 4 tonnes to 400 tonnes, and for loaders weighing from 10 tonnes to 200 tonnes.
According to Phillip Walker, Komatsu’s National Business Manager – GET, Kprime Tooth System builds on Hensley’s experience and expertise with its XS Tooth system, offering significant advances in safety, ease of use and extended periods between tooth changes.
“With Kprime, we have built a truly unique product that delivers significantly more strength, productivity, reliability and is safer,” he said.
“We did this by listening to our customers and developing the best solution to their issues.
“Kprime Tooth System sets new standards for what GET should do for a customer’s business,” said Walker.
Safety enhancements to the Kprime Tooth System include an intuitive locking system, pry slots on the tooth and wear cap for easier removal of worn parts, a low-torque pin for easier tooth changes, and the weight of individual units marked on each part.
Reliability has been improved through a 10 per cent stronger adapter nose design, an improved pin design that reduces the potential for accidental unlocking even after extended use, and an optimised design to reduce wear on adapters.
Stability of the tooth on its adapter has also been improved through a tighter fit.
Productivity of Kprime Tooth System has been significantly improved through a number of design advances, including increased wear material – so teeth don’t need to be changed so often – improved penetration, and a design that ensures the tooth stays sharp throughout its life.
“Kprime teeth are rotatable, to further extend life, while wear indicators on the wear cap and fastener let users know when those parts need to be changed,” said Walker.
“And losing teeth into a crusher or conveyor is far less likely to occur with Kprime Tooth System due to a new locking system that means no torque loss after multiple cycles, ensuring the holding pin remains locked throughout the life of the tooth.”
A range of tooth types is available for all machine sizes across both the excavator and wheel loader range, from light-duty applications, through to the toughest and most challenging rock and abrasive material conditions.
Buckets fitted with Kprime adaptors have the option of using different styles of teeth to meet individual digging and loading requirements.
“While Kprime teeth will be sold as standard on all Komatsu excavators and loaders, this system is also ideal for all other brands of earthmoving and mining equipment, from compact utility-class machines up to large mining machines,” said Walker.
*All comparisons made are to the prior model, unless otherwise specifically stated.