Hansel adapters are a unique dredge cutter head system. The system features a method of attachment that is much stronger than traditional weld-on adapter systems while reducing maintenance requirements.
The adapter installation uses a ball and socket joint. The cutter head arm has cast “sockets” to receive the “ball” of the adapter, which is secured to the socket with an angle weld.
A high-impact epoxy lining in the socket ensures a precise fit and permits the tooth angle to alter as operating conditions change. Adapter change-outs are much faster than with traditional weld-on adapter systems, and the point tip orientation is easily maintained.
The Hansel adapter system transfers impact loads throughout the arm, allowing the cutter head to withstand extreme punishment.