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Choose the right ground engaging tool

Choose the right ground engaging tool

A good quality GET system offers increased productivity, reduced downtime, lower operating costs and optimal safety.

Although machines come fitted with a GET system, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best system for your application. To get the most out of your GETs, it’s important to assess their quality and compatibility.

1. Match your breakout force

The right sized tooth and adaptor for the machine depends on the breakout force or ‘grunt’ of the machine. The breakout force varies anywhere from 80 kN up to 2,000 kN, depending on the size of the machine, Bala says. Your Keech representative can help you match the GET to the breakout force.

2. Match your working conditions

The tooth points attached to the bucket can extend the working life of the GET system. It’s important that your tooth points match your working conditions because they are exposed to hard materials, shocks and strong breakout forces.

Keech’s standard point is for general purpose digging; the rock penetration point for heavier conditions, such as rock or decomposed granite; and the sabre tooth point extra penetration in dense materials, such as shale, clay and tight soils.

3. Match size to material

If you know that you are digging in very hard material, a larger GET is definitely best suited. Even though a smaller sized GET might be specified for your material, a larger size can minimise breakage issues and downtime.

Australia has harder conditions compared to many overseas operations, Bala notes.

4. Extend the life of your GETs

It’s important to monitor the wear rates of your GET and seek the best options to extend their operating life. And when they do need replacing, having replacement GET components on hand will reduce downtime and optimise productivity.

All Keech GET and cast steel bucket accessories have been designed and manufactured to a specification that balances weight, working wear life and effective energy efficiency. Over each work cycle, these factors minimise the power required by the machine as a ratio of the total workload and cost per tonne of productivity.

With engineering standards that are second to none and processes that meet the Australian and ISO 9001 standards, our products are reliable and easy to install on worksites anywhere.