Yanmar excavators can safely lift heavier loads with the new Stowable Utility Hook
By Jenny LescohierSeptember 27, 2021
The new Stowable Utility Hook from Yanmar Compact Equipment is meant to provide a convenient, factory-designed lifting point for Yanmar compact excavators without the need to use an attachment.
The new option reduces the risk of damage to the machine, buckets or other attachments resulting from attempts to lift heavy objects with a strap or chain connected to areas not intended to be lifting points.
“We know compact excavators are a multi-functional tool around the job site,” said Frank Gangi, Yanmar Compact Equipment North America product manager of attachments. “They are used for everything from lifting and placing materials such as concrete barriers, to unloading equipment such as portable generators.
“This utility hook adds ease to our customers’ work and minimizes the potential for damage to both the machine and attachment, which, at the end of the day, increases productivity and reduces machine down time.”
Designed for lifting heavy objects, the utility hook can help improve equipment longevity and overall safety by providing a dedicated, engineered lifting point built into the machine linkage. This provides a stronger position from which to lift, rather than putting the strain on the end of the arm or the attachment.
A strap or chain draped around an attachment or a bucket tooth, for example, can cause warping or risk of failure to the attachment or
equipment since it might not be rated for such concentrated loads in that area.
The Stowable Utility Hook is designed by Yanmar for Yanmar excavators, offering customers the peace of mind that comes with an OEM-supported product.
The hook features a multi-directional design that allows it to swing in each direction, as well as 360-degree swivel movement. This provides operators optimal lifting position as well as the ability to easily position lifted objects when setting them into place.
The swivel hook stows out of the way with an lock pin when not in use. A single recessed Zerk fitting makes for minimal aintenance on the utility hook.
The hook can be retrofitted onto all Yanmar compact excavator models from the ViO25 up to the SV100. Installation can be completed in as little as 20 minutes, Yanmar said.