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Sep 27, 2021

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There are two basic principles that affect hitch and attachment speed: pressure and flow. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is about hitch and attachment speeds. When a tilt-hitch (or attachment) is operating slower or faster than preferred, we’re often the first to get a phone call about it.

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There are two main principles of hydraulics that are affecting the performance of your attachment/Tilt Hitch.

1) Hydraulic flow - This is how much hydraulic oil gets supplied to the attachment for any period of time. Flow will affect the speed of your attachment/Tilt hitch. To increase the speed of your attachment you need to increase flow.

2) Hydraulic pressure - This is the amount of pressure being supplied to the attachment. Pressure affects the ability of your attachment/Tilt hitch to do work - the force/power of your attachment. To increase the power of your attachment you need to increase pressure.

In short, the speed of your attachment/tilt hitch is primarily affected by the excavator's hydraulic settings, not just the attachment/tilt hitch itself. If you are having issues with the speed of your attachments/tilt hitch, we are more than willing to help you with some basic troubleshooting to determine what is the likely culprit; however, a hydraulic specialist will also know the ins and outs of your machine and will be able to make the required adjustments where needed

Some newer and more modern machines have the ability to adjust flow and pressure electronically from the cab - which can help a lot when switching between attachments.

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