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Cat® B-Series Mobile Shears Feature Effective New Jaw
April 22nd, 2009
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Three new Cat® B-Series Mobile Shears”S320B, S325B and S340B”round out the six-model lineup of Caterpillar® designed shears. The new shears feature a redesigned lower jaw, wider jaw opening, new knife-retention system, new jaw-adjustment system, greater hydraulic power and boom or stick mounting options. The overall design assures optimum productivity, reliability and serviceability in the toughest metal reduction applications.
The new Cat B-Series models, featuring a robust 360-degree hydraulic-rotation system, match the capabilities of a broad range of Caterpillar hydraulic excavators used in scrap-metal processing and in demolition operations that require reduction of large structural elements.
Among the significant features of the new shears is the straight lower jaw, which flattens beams, pipes and columns and distributes the material evenly along its entire length. Most shears use a lower jaw with knives that angle downward to the midpoint of the jaw, forming a triangular-shaped opening (apex). Conventional shears, with an apex in both the upper and lower jaws, tend to concentrate the mass of material in the center of the jaw, thus increasing cutting difficulty. The new straight lower jaw used with Cat B-Series shears prevents material concentration, and in doing so, effectively enhances cutting force.
Increased hydraulic power in the new Cat B-Series models allows a wider jaw opening to handle a greater volume of material, such as large structural steel pieces, large diameter pipe and bundles of pipe. In addition, the larger opening provides improved visibility for the operator when working at a distance and aligning the jaws around material.