Komatsu Australia has released a unique new wheel loader lip system for quarry and mining applications, that it says delivers significantly reduced bucket wear, increased safety and operator comfort, greater productivity, and lower wear-and-tear on machines and components.
The new Hensley Bladesaver QM loader lip system, currently available for Komatsu WA500 and equivalent-sized loaders, is a fully integrated bucket lip system that offers 100 percent protection along the front edge of the bucket – resulting in reduced wear on the base lip.
According to Rod McCallum, Komatsu Australia’s business development manager for Ground Engaging Tools, the Bladesaver system provides a streamlined profile for better penetration and loading.
In addition, it provides a completely smooth lip underside, further increasing production, reducing tyre wear, and increasing operator comfort.
“The Bladesaver system is fully integrated, so that each individual component fits together and is held securely in place both individually and by the other components,” he says.
“All shrouds and teeth are fully mechanical, based around Hensley’s unique hammerless pin system, which only requires conventional tooling/sockets to remove and replace them.
“This eliminates the need to use hammers when changing components, greatly reducing the risk of injury to service personnel.”