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Caterpillar ensures protection with high abrasion dozer blade cutting edges

Developed specifically for Cat D10 and D11 track-type tractors, the new Caterpillar High Abrasion Cast Cutting Edge System is built specifically for extreme, high abrasion pushing applications with low to moderate impact ensuring that more material can be moved with less machine downtime, shift after shift.

“The high abrasion end bits are now married up with complementary cast high abrasion cutting edges, a new development from Caterpillar,” says Caterpillar southern African dealer Barloworld Equipment’s group product specialist Deon Delport.

Typical abrasive pushing applications include feeding a shovel, stockpiling, or maintaining a pit floor. In these applications, end bits are designed for half the life of the reversible cast cutting edges.

The system, designed for fitment on Cat universal and semi-universal blades, is also designed for longer life. Caterpillar’s new high abrasion cast cutting edges and end bits provide up to 40% longer wear life when compared to the Cat Extended Wear Life (EWL) ground engaging tool system.

A new edge measures approximately 40 cm in width with a thickness of 50 and 80 mm for Cat D10 and D11 systems, respectively. The edge should be regularly monitored and flipped once it reaches approximately 34 cm. Then at approximately 28 cm the edge is due for replacement.

“Excess wear on the base edge could lead to premature cutting edge breakage, which is why it’s important not to exceed 7.5 cm of wear per side,” explains Delport, adding that the adoption of this practice will ensure maximum wear life performance and contribute towards lowest cost production.

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Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.