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Auto Dismantling System

Learn more about the Auto Dismantling System

Builtrite is the industry leader in providing the most efficient means of maximizing the value of every end of life vehicle (ELV). The Auto Dismantling Grapple features a wide jaw opening, 360º continuous rotation on a heavy duty turntable bearing with a high torque hydraulic motor. The cylinders feature induction hardened rods and are protected inside of the grapple body.

 

The dexterity of the jaws allow the operator to perform even the most precise maneuvers, making easy and quick work of pulling engines, radiators, wiring harnesses, heater cores, etc. Made from highly durable material, this tool is designed for long life and minimal maintenance. Three tip options cover each operator’s preference for how best to dismantle automobiles.

 

 

Grapple Tip Options

 

Every equipment operator has his or her own preference on how best to process vehicles. We therefore offer 3 grapple tip options. Please refer to the graphic below. Option 1 is our original tip. It excels at tearing vehicles apart quickly and efficiently. Option 2 was developed as a better means of capturing a higher percentage of the copper wiring. It features a flat surface area on both tips for pinching the wire, with a "beak" on one side, to prevent wire from slipping through the jaws. Option 3 is a blend between both options and quite popular with many customers. All of these options are weld in replaceable and interchangeable on the same set of jaws.

 

 

I. Mounting Configurations

 

We offer the widest array of options in the industry, in terms of what type of machine this system can be mounted to. These include:

 

1] Standard, 18-25 Metric Ton, Tracked Excavator

 

In this configuration, the grapple is mounted in place of the excavator bucket. The bucket cylinder is used to articulate the grapple up and down. Two hydraulic circuits are required to operate the grapple, one for the open/close function (3000-3500 PSI (206-241 Bar) and 25 GPM (94 LPM)) and one for rotation (1850 PSI (127 Bar) and 6 GPM (23 LPM))

 

The Hold Down Arms are mounted directly to the excavator’s main frame, using supplied brackets that are welded onto the frame. They include a pair of large bore, high pressure cylinders, capable of applying enough force to crush and hold the auto in place. The hydraulics for the arms operate off of the undercarriage drive circuit. A selector valve is provided in the purchase of the tool, used to divert oil to the Hold Down Arms when the high speed travel circuit is engaged.

 

 

2] Rubber Tired, 18-25 Metric Ton, Excavator with Dozer Blade

 

In this configuration, the grapple is mounted in place of the excavator bucket. The bucket cylinder is used to articulate the grapple up and down. Two hydraulic circuits are required to operate the grapple, one for the open/close function (3000-3500 PSI (206-241 Bar) and 25 GPM (94 LPM)) and one for rotation (1850 PSI (127 Bar) and 6 GPM (23 LPM)).

 

The Hold Down Arms are mounted in place of the excavator’s dozer blade, using the existing bracket and cylinders. Actuating the dozer blade circuit raises and lowers the hold down arms.

 

 

3] Builtrite Stationary Electric Material Handler with Auto Dismantling System

 

A 3rd option for the Auto Dismantling System is to operate it in conjunction with a stationary electric material handler. This configuration offers several key advantages, namely a reduction in energy costs (electricity is less expensive than diesel), it does not give off any emissions, so it is more environmentally friendly and can be worked indoors and finally, it is much easier to maintain (electric motor, as opposed to diesel). The machine itself is bolted to a concrete or steel foundation.

 

The grapple is mounted in much the same way as it would on an excavator. However, you will notice that we install the grapple actuating cylinder towards the top of the jib (arm) so that it is out of harm’s way. The hydraulic lines feeding the grapple are located under the large link, which provides protection from debris falling on top of it. The Hold Down Arms are connected to a base that is bolted to the floor. The arms are actuated from inside of the cab.

 

We offer a multitude of options for our stationary electric models, including an auto lube system, high rise cabs, continuous rotation, etc. Our Models 2100 and 2300 are the most suitable stationary electric models for this application.

 

 

 

Auto Dismantling System specification sheet

 

 

Video of Auto Dismantling System

 

Builtrite™ Auto Dismantling Grapple and Excavator Hold Down Arms
Place: CARS EXPO near Liverpool, England
Video Taken on June 16, 2012

 

 

 

 

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