OVERVIEW

Choose from Cat K Series or J Series Tip & Adapter Systems and a full line of bolt-on and half arrow cutting edges. Optimize your machine’s productivity in every jobsite condition with the wide range of G.E.T. products available. Cat buckets and G.E.T. make up the only bucket system designed and developed to maximize the performance and productivity of your Cat wheel loader.


BOLT-ON CUTTING EDGES (BOCE)

BALANCED EDGE SYSTEMS FOR EVERY APPLICATION.

Finding the best solution for your bucket and application is easy with Cat’s broad portfolio of edge options. Increase your machine’s productivity by reducing operating costs and maintenance interval costs.

Cat bolt-on cutting edge options are available in standard and heavy-duty thicknesses, Cat Abrasion Resistant Material (A.R.M.) and half arrow options. Cat A.R.M. is recommended for applications where sand, gravel or other abrasive materials severely diminish wear life. Hard tungsten carbide particles are bonded to critical wear areas, providing up to five times greater wear life. See your Cat dealer for details.

We have G.E.T. for your bucket, no matter the application or environment. Maximum wear life and breakage resistance is possible with our steel alloy that can endure 2x the heat and pressure of traditional cutting edge steel products. Consult your local Cat dealer to help determine the best cutting edge system for your application to give you the lowest cost per hour.

STANDARD BOCE
» This is the baseline for all other bolt-on edge systems.
» Lower initial price.
» Low- to medium-impact, low-abrasion materials only.
 
HEAVY DUTY BOCE
» 5mm thicker edge thickness delivering increased wear life.
» Medium- to high-impact, medium-abrasion materials.
 
ABRASION RESISTANT BOCE
» Protects the front of your base edge as well as the bottom.
» For use in high-abrasion, high-impact materials.
 
TOP COVER
» Protects the bevel and top of your base edge.
» Use with half arrows to fully protect your base edge investment.
 
SERRATED BOCE
» Increases the penetration of your bolt-on edge system.
» For use in packed or frozen materials.
» Maintains smooth floor.
 

TIP SELECTION GUIDE

Even though bucket tips come in many shapes and sizes, you don’t have to be an expert to choose the right ones. Use the chart below to determine if the material you’re digging in is high, medium or low impact and abrasion—then find the balance you need among these three factors:

1.  STRENGTH

The ability to withstand digging and penetrating shocks and high breakout forces

2.  PENETRATION

The ability to penetrate tough material when it’s tightly compacted, rocky or frozen

3.  WEAR LIFE

The ability to withstand wearing, scouring and abrasive action of the material being handled.



K SERIES TIP & ADAPTER SYSTEM

MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY MEETS HAMMERLESS RETENTION.

Looking for a vertical retention tip and adapter system that stays sharper, changes easier and holds tighter? Choose the K Series system’s twist-on design and vertical retainer, which together provide reliable retention and easy installation and removal.


IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY Low-profile shape provides optimal sharpness, penetration and digging ability throughout the tip life.
EXTEND LIFE More wear material can effectively be used before the tips are changed, adding 10-15% more usable life.
INCREASE DURABILITY The tip and adapter fit together precisely to reduce tip movement and adapter wear.
STAY SAFE & REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS One-piece vertical retainer allows for easy installation and removal.
SIMPLIFY INSTALLATION Rails on both sides of the adapter and a twist-on design hold the tip in place, allowing for quicker installation.

K SERIES DRIVE-THROUGH TIP & ADAPTER SYSTEM

The drive-through system is for K80-K100 adapters and tips.

INSTALLATION & REMOVAL

It’s safe and easy—just use a standard pry tool and follow this three-step process:

K SERIES HAMMERLESS TIP & ADAPTER SYSTEM

The hammerless system is for K110-K170 adapters and tips.

INSTALLATION & REMOVAL

It’s safe and easy—just use a standard pry tool and follow this three-step hammerless process:

K SERIES TIP OPTIONS

Below are the tip shapes best suited for the wide range of jobsite conditions performed by wheel loaders. We also offer additional K Series tips more commonly used with excavators. Your Cat dealer can help you choose the one that offers the right balance of penetration and wear life for your application.

HEAVY ABRASION
» Heavy Abrasion tips are ideal for high-abrasion applications like sand, gravel and shot rock. They feature the maximum amount of wear material— approximately 145% more—and a tip base with 35% more surface area than Heavy Duty Penetration tips.
 
HEAVY PENETRATION
» Heavy Penetration tips are ideal for high-impact, hard-to-penetrate materials. They feature approximately 120% more material in the high wear area as well as a spade design that has 60% less cross-sectional area on the leading edge than Heavy Abrasion tips.
 
HEAVY DUTY
» Heavy Duty and Heavy Duty Abrasion Resistant Material (A.R.M.)* tips include approximately 60% more wear material in the tip body. The A.R.M. wears around the profile to increase penetration.

A.R.M.
OPTION
AVAILABLE

GENERAL PURPOSE
» General Purpose tips are symmetrical and the baseline for other tip styles. All wear comparisons are to the General Purpose tip unless otherwise noted.
 
PENETRATION PLUS
» Penetration Plus tips feature 25% more wear material and a leading edge with 25% less cross-sectional area. They self-sharpen as they wear.
 
PENETRATION
» Penetration tips are ideal for densely compacted materials. They feature a leading edge with 60% less cross-sectional area— allowing for maximum penetration—and a single center rib that self-sharpens as it wears. These tips are available with A.R.M.*

A.R.M.
OPTION
AVAILABLE

*Abrasion Resistant Material (A.R.M.) is a welding process that bonds very hard tungsten carbide particles to Cat G.E.T. to create a protective shield over the component. Typically, the A.R.M. process doubles wear life—and can last even longer in some applications.

K SERIES ADAPTER OPTIONS

All K Series adapters feature rails on both sides of the nose for a twist-on design that stays in place during installation.

MACHINE COMPATIBILITY

Wheel Loader Bucket Type Size Class
950 Material handling, general duty K80
  Rock K90
962 Material handling, general duty K80
  Rock K90
966 Material handling, general duty, rock, heavy-duty rock K90
972 Material handling, general duty, rock, heavy-duty rock K90
  Slag K100
980 Material handling, general duty, rock K100
  Heavy-duty quarry rock K110
  Slag K130
982 Material handling, general duty, rock K100
  Heavy-duty quarry rock K110

J SERIES TIP & ADAPTER SYSTEM

SIDE-PIN SECURITY WHEN YOUR APPLICATION DEMANDS IT.

Great performance and proven reliability over time—that’s what you get with this classic horizontal retention system, a staple in the mining industry.

BOOST YOUR VERSATILITY Industry-standard side-pinned design performs across a variety of applications.
ENHANCE YOUR RELIABILITY Weld-on adapters offer excellent retention.
IMPROVE SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TIME Ability to retrofit means you can use the hammerless CapSureTM system.

J SERIES TIP & ADAPTER SYSTEM

INSTALLATION & REMOVAL

Simply use the standard pin and retainer system—and make removal even easier with our Tip Pin Remover tool.*

1. 

Place the tool on the tip and align the extractor with the pin.

2. 

Strike the tool with a hammer until the pin is removed.

3. 

Place the tool over the tip (A), locate the pin in the hole of the holder (B) and strike the tool (C).

*J550 and smaller use the pin removal tool. Consult your dealer for larger systems.

J SERIES TIP OPTIONS

Below are the tip shapes best suited for the wide range of jobsite conditions performed by wheel loaders. We offer additional J Series tips more commonly used with excavators. Your Cat dealer can help you choose the one that offers the right balance of penetration and wear life for your application.

HEAVY DUTY ABRASION
» Heavy Duty Abrasion tips are ideal for high-abrasion applications like sand, gravel and shot rock. They feature the maximum amount of wear material— approximately 145% more—and the tip base has 35% more surface area than Heavy Duty Penetration tips.
 
HEAVY PENETRATION
» Heavy Penetration tips are ideal for high-impact, hard-to-penetrate materials. They feature approximately 120% more material in the high wear area, and the spade design has 70% less edge area than Heavy Duty Abrasion tips.
 
HEAVY DUTY LONG
» Heavy Duty Long and Heavy Duty Abrasion Resistant Material (A.R.M.)* tips include approximately 60% more wear material in the tip body. The A.R.M. wears around the profile to increase penetration.

A.R.M.
OPTION
AVAILABLE

LONG (GENERAL PURPOSE)
» Long tips are symmetrical and the baseline for other tip styles. All wear comparisons are to the Long tip unless otherwise noted.
 
PENETRATION PLUS
» Penetration Plus tips feature 30% more wear material and 25% less cross-sectional area. They self-sharpen as they wear.
 
PENETRATION
» Penetration and Penetration A.R.M.* tips are ideal for densely compacted materials. They feature a leading edge with approximately 50% less cross-sectional area and a single center rib for strength—allowing for maximum penetration.

A.R.M.
OPTION
AVAILABLE

ROCK CHISEL
» Rock Chisel tips are Heavy Duty Long tips ideal for high-impact and highabrasion applications, such as granite. Additional length and wear material in the body helps retain the chisel shape throughout tip life.
 

*Abrasion Resistant Material (A.R.M.) is a welding process that bonds very hard tungsten carbide particles to Cat G.E.T. to create a protective shield over the component. Typically, the A.R.M. process doubles wear life—and can last even longer in some applications.


GENERAL DUTY TIPS

General Duty tips offer a reliable, competitively priced parts option for small to medium-sized wheel loaders operating in low to medium impact conditions. Tips are available in the J250-J460 size range.

General Duty tips are:
» A match if you require quality and long wear
» Designed to fit J Series adapters, reducing risky fit-ups
» Backed by the standard Caterpillar warranty against breakage under normal, recommended operation in low to medium impact applications

J SERIES MACHINE COMPATIBILITY

Wheel LoaderBucket TypeSize Class
950Material handling, general dutyJ300
 RockJ350
962Material handling, general dutyJ300
 RockJ350
966Material handling, general duty, rock, heavy-duty rockJ350
972Material handling, general duty, rock, heavy-duty rockJ350
 SlagJ400
980Material handling, general duty, rockJ400
 Heavy-duty quarry rockJ460
 SlagJ550
982Material handling, general duty, rockJ400
 Heavy-duty quarry rockJ460
LONG

» Most versatile shape with good balance of penetration, strength and abrasion resistance. Standard shape for most applications.

 
HEAVY DUTY LONG

» Use on larger machines where greater strength is required. More wear material for higher abrasion environments.

 
PENETRATION PLUS

» Enhanced penetration in densely compacted material, such as clay. Resists blunting and is self-sharpening. Ideal for tough trenching applications.

 

BASE EDGE SYSTEMS

FASTEST INSTALLATION TIMES IN THE INDUSTRY.

Cat base edge systems go through a series of carefully controlled manufacturing processes to deliver maximum strength, durability and long life. They come completely welded and assembled, dramatically shortening your installation and replacement time.

INCREASE DURABILITY A consistent heat-treat process maximizes strength and resists abrasion. Shot blasting removes impurities that can cause inclusions on a weld, and controlled cooling reduces the chance of stress points.
SAVE INSTALLATION & REPLACEMENT TIME Butterbead is applied to the back side of the base edge and the top strap of the corner adapter, so you can weld the edge onto the bucket without preheating.
OPTIMIZE MACHINE PERFORMANCE Base edges are designed by Caterpillar engineers for optimal performance on specific machines.

GET MORE ACCURACY

Base edge replacement for a heavy-duty rock or a heavy-duty abrasion wheel loader bucket usually involves a base edge assembly, which is a base edge with adapters welded in place at the factory. General purpose and material handling buckets typically have a straight base edge with holes that can accept bolt-on cutting edges or bolt-on adapters and segments.

Lasers place the adapters within 0.1 mm of specifications.

STRAIGHT
SPADE

BUTTERBEAD BASE EDGE ASSEMBLY

DURABLE PROTECTION COMBINED WITH SHORTER INSTALLATION TIMES.

The protection you need, with no preheating required—that’s what you get with butterbead weld prep. This technique, which involves applying a layer of weld to a heat-treated, higher hardness part, makes it possible to weld a base edge to a bucket without preheating the hardened part. Choose from two shapes (straight and spade) on cutting edges thicker than 50mm and three levels of build to get the right protection for your application.


SPEED UP YOUR INSTALLATION TIME Weld prep eliminates the need for preheating, shortening edge installation time by 30-50%.
GET MORE DURABILITY Base edges have the proper butterbead weld because it is applied in the factory.

BASE EDGE END PROTECTION (BEEP)

PROTECT YOUR CORNERS—WITHOUT CUTTING THEM.

Reduce base edge end wear and subsequent corner adapter weld erosion with our BEEP design. It makes adapter replacement on the edge much easier when it’s time to rebuild the base edge assembly.


BOOST YOUR UPTIME Through-hardened Rc ~45 (Br ~3.0) weldable steel is easily installed in the shop or the field.
EXTEND LIFE Extended base edge end protects adapter corner welds.
SPEED UP INSTALLATION Height and bevel are matched to the base edge, so there’s no additional fabrication.

SIDE & EDGE PROTECTION

MAINTAIN YOUR PERFORMANCE EDGE.

Protect your bucket’s structural integrity and enhance penetration with sidebar protection and shear blocks.
» Sidebar Protectors
» Performance Series Sidebar Protectors
» Corner Guard System
» Half Arrows
» Top Covers
» Segments



SIDEBAR PROTECTORS

Protect your bucket’s structural integrity and enhance penetration with sidebars and shear blocks.

INCREASE YOUR UPTIME Shear block protects the pin from extreme loads and breakage, helping ensure sidebar protector retention.
CUT YOUR MAINTENANCE COSTS Sidebar protector protects the bucket edge.


PERFORMANCE SERIES SIDEBAR PROTECTORS

INSTALLATION & REMOVAL

Get all the benefits of the sidebar protector without the hammer. Performance Series Mechanically Attached sidebar protectors use proven hammerless spring retainers for fast, easy installation and reduce the risk of injury.

1. 

Insert the protector into the dove tail base plate.

2. 

Mechanically attached wear plate compression retainer.

3. 

Install one end of the compression retainer.

4. 

Install the other end of the compression retainer in place using a small pry bar.


CORNER GUARD SYSTEM

Reduce your bucket’s maintenance costs and increase bucket performance with the Cat Corner Guard system. Cat corner guards are an easily replaced bolt-on system to fit your 950-982 wheel loader buckets. These corner guards are available with and without adapters to fit your application needs.

1. 

Slide the corner guard into place.

2. 

Torque, Bang, Torque bolts to the proper bolt torque.


TOP COVERS, SEGMENTS & HALF ARROW SEGMENTS

Protect your investment in buckets and base edges with these flexible components. Half arrow segments allow for a smooth transition of material over the base edge to protect the leading edge. Top covers complement the half arrow segments to protect the base edge fully. And segments are ideal for moving re-handled materials with medium impact and medium abrasion.


SIMPLIFY MAINTENANCE Individual pieces that protect the edge can be changed independently.
ENHANCE DURABILITY Half arrow segments cover the leading edge for smooth material transition.
BOOST YOUR UPTIME Top cover reduces wear on weld joints
SAVE ON INVENTORY COSTS Reversible segment creates more leading edge wear material, reducing piece parts.

SEGMENTS

Segments give you more leading edge wear material, extending life and reducing your investment in piece parts.

NOTE: Half arrow segments and segments each have a separate center, as well as separate left-hand and right-hand profiles, to account for spade base edges.

Wheel Loader Segment Type Thickness
950  
 Heavy duty35
962Standard30
 Heavy duty35
966Standard30
 Heavy duty35
 Half arrow30
972Standard30
 Heavy duty35
 Half arrow30
980Standard30, 35
 Heavy duty45
 Abrasion Resistant Material35
 Half arrow45
982Standard30, 35
 Heavy duty45
 Abrasion Resistant Material35
 Half arrow45

BUCKET SELECTION GUIDE

We offer four standard bucket durability categories suitable for any application. Each category is based on the bucket’s intended durability when used in the recommended application and material.

GENERAL PURPOSE
» Good all around performance for stockpiling, re-handling, excavating and bank loading.
» Intended for use in low-impact materials.
 
MATERIAL HANDLING
» For stockpile loading loose materials such as gravel, sand and dirt in load-and-carry applications.
» Intended for use in low-impact materials.
» These are the best performers for production loading.
» Flat bottom bucket.
 
ROCK BUCKETS
» For use in applications such as face loading limestone and other unprocessed rock. Also used in truck and hopper loading for a wide range of quarry materials.
» Intended for use in moderate- to high-abrasion applications.
» Balances the need for high production in more abrasive applications.
 
HEAVY DUTY QUARRY ROCK BUCKET
» For use where maximum abrasion resistance is required.
» Intended for use in high-abrasion, high-impact applications.
 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT DURABILITY.

Choosing the wrong bucket can easily reduce production and increase operating costs by 10- 20% or more. It can also cause unnecessary wear and fatigue for both machine and bucket.

Contact your local Cat dealer for more detailed information on choosing the right wheel loader, bucket and work tool attachment combinations to meet your application needs.


ADDITIONAL BUCKET STYLES

Several different bucket styles are available—each with a special purpose:

COAL:
Coal Buckets are high-volume material movers for loading and stockpiling coal and other materials of similar density.
 
GRAPPLE:
Grapple Buckets clamp loose material with dual ladderstyle grapple tines. These are key producers in transfer stations, landfills or wherever loose, lightweight material needs to be moved.
 
HIGH DUMP:
High Dump Buckets utilize dedicated dumping cylinders and a bottom hinge to “roll out” material. Higher than ordinary bucket types, they are ideal for transfer stations or loading high-sided trucks.
 
MULTI-PURPOSE:
Multi-Purpose Buckets have a unique action that can load, bulldoze, clamp and perform many other tasks. A versatile design for site cleanup, demolition or similar situations.
 
SIDE DUMP:
Side Dump Buckets dump both to the front and to the side of the machine, an advantage when working in tight quarters such as street work, tunnel construction and building levees.
 
SLAG:
Cat Slag Buckets are heavy duty and specifically constructed to handle extreme conditions that come with handling hot slag.
 
WASTE HANDLING:
Waste Handling Buckets move large volumes of low-density waste in transfer stations, landfills and recycling yards. Large capacities give maximum production when loading conveyors, trucks or hoppers.
 
WASTE LOAD & CARRY:
Load & Carry Buckets are primarily designed to load and carry lightweight material, minimizing contact with the floor for less bucket and floor wear.
 
WASTE DOZING:
Dozing Buckets are designed to push waste loads along the floor to a hole or hopper in the floor for below— grade truck loading.
 
WOODCHIP:
As the name suggests, Woodchip Buckets are optimized for moving large volumes of wood chips. The flat floor and straight edge work to scoop the bucket full and help heap the load high.
 

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