Best Practices

Attachment Quick Coupler Tips

Quick couplers allow you to switch between different attachments fast and easily. Using them the right way will make your operation more efficient and reduce the risk of machine damage or injury on the job when changing attachments. To help everything run smoothly, we’ve put together some key tips and best practices for your quick coupler.

Operator training

To avoid accidents when using your quick coupler, all operators and supervisors should know how to conduct visual inspections, how to correctly attach different equipment, and methods for evaluating and testing attachment connections. Warning labels should also be placed in the equipment cab to remind operators not to use the quick coupler without the safety pin.

Use approved attachments with your quick coupler

It’s important to never use attachments that exceed the limits of your carrier machine or quick coupler. For example, not all manufacturers approve the use of breakers or certain other attachments. Always consult the quick coupler manufacturer when unsure about attachment use.

Check your quick couplers regularly

Visually inspect your quick coupler before beginning work each day. Check that the safety pin is in the correct position and make sure that there are no visual signs of damage. If any physical damage is noticed, the operator should let their supervisor know and not use the quick coupler.

Use caution when changing buckets

Bucket changing and attachment testing should only be done in designated, clearly defined areas to prevent damage or injury on the jobsite. Once the bucket is attached, secured, and checked, and the safety pin is in place, the quick coupler should be shaken vigorously to ensure a secure connection.

How to remove a quick coupler

Do not remove the quick coupler from your equipment while a bucket or attachment is still connected. Doing so can damage the coupler and the attachment. For proper removal, lower the coupler onto a structure at level height. Release all hydraulic pressure from the circuit and make sure that the machine is off before removing. To prevent contamination, immediately plug the quick coupler hoses and pipe work of the machine after disconnecting. After disconnecting the coupler, remove all dirt and debris from the operating mechanism before placing in storage.
If you have any questions about how to use or maintain quick couplers, reach out to Heavy Machines today!