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Couplers, also known as quick couplers or quick hitches, are equipment devices that allow for buckets and other attachments to be quickly and easily connected to heavy machinery. Couplers can be used with excavators, backhoes, skid steers, and other loaders and tractors, and are mounted to that machinery by the same mechanisms which would otherwise directly mount buckets or other attachments. The benefit of introducing a quick coupler into the attachment mounting process is that couplers can easily engage a wide range of equipment attachments and dramatically increase the versatility of your machinery. The most common quick couplers are pin couplers, also known as pin grabbers, which use mounting pins to engage and secure a variety of buckets and attachments. Less common are dedicated couples, which are specifically designed to engage a limited number of designated attachments.
New and used couplers for sale on Equipment Trader are produced by manufacturers such as ACS, Caterpillar, Hendrix, John Deere, JRB, Wain Roy, and Werk Brau. Depending on the quick coupler, it may be operated manually, in which a worker used handheld tools to connect and release attachments to and from the coupler; semi-automatically, in which a hydraulic system connects the attachment and coupler, but a safety device locking in the attachment has to be manually secured; or automatically, in which a hydraulic system connects the attachment and coupler, and an internal safety device holds the attachment in place in the event of hydraulic system failure. Newer quick couplers are increasingly designed to decrease the danger of an unexpected attachment release.
When planning to use a coupler, it's important to remember that the coupler weight should be included when considering a machine's lifting capacity. Before using a quick coupler, equipment operators should also conduct a visual inspection, examining the machine, coupler, and attachment for any issues, especially the safety pin/locking mechanism and other components related to the attachment process. A clear and level area should always be used for attaching and releasing couplers and attachments. After engaging an attachment via a quick coupler, the operator should confirm the safety pin/device is in place and further confirm secure placement by giving the attachment a vigorous shake. Finally, be sure to only use attachments that have been approved by the machinery and/or coupler manufacturers.