Steelwrist debuts its most innovative product launch to date

The Steelwrist XTR20 tiltrotator
The Steelwrist XTR20 tiltrotator

The Steelwrist tiltrotator and attachment lineup expands with numerous new hardware and software developments

Steelwrist has introduced its third generation tiltrotators, new rotor couplers and a wide range of new work tools. 

The company introduced its latest product developments during a media event at Steelwrist in Deutschland.  As part of the event, Steelwrist also inaugurated its new facility in Germany.

The centerpiece of the new product launch includes the first model of the third generation Steelwrist tiltrotators, the XTR20, which demonstrates several innovative hardware and software features.

The XTR20 is complemented with the first generation XR rotor couplers as well as with the second-generation XT tilt couplers.

“The XTR20 represents a leap forward in performance and reliability and with features like LockSense, OptiLube, more tilt and rotation torque and easy upgradeability, we show our continued commitment to improving excavator efficiency,” said Stefan Stockhaus, Steelwrist CEO.

“I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished and I look forward to seeing the new Steelwrist XTR20 tiltrotator improving job sites around the world.” 

Adding to the already comprehensive range of work tools, Steelwrist also showcased a new range of HCX compactors, MGX multi grapples and SGX sorting grapples. All new work tools are designed to be used under a tiltrotator increasing the flexibility and versatility of any excavator.


The XTR20 is targeted towards 16 to 20 ton excavators and improves efficiency with best in class tilt geometry.

The XTR20 is available with both S60 and SQ60 couplers and is designed to allow for an upgrade from S60 to SQ60, providing the customer with flexibility to adapt as needs evolve. The XTR20 has steel casted components including the upper coupler, gearbox as well as the quick coupler below the tiltrotator. Despite its compact build reducing the overall height, the XTR20 maintains the 45-degree tilting angle.

Steelwrist’s tilt geometry has evolved on the XTR20 to ensure smooth operation. Designed with off centre tilt cylinder brackets, the tilt cylinders have become shorter to optimize the tilt geometry. This leads to minimized cylinder spread throughout the tilt stroke, providing a fluid and high-torque movement.

Another new feature is lubrication free, triple-sealed bearings in all the main joints. Triple sealed means bearings are sealed against dust or dirt penetration. 

The XTR20 comes equipped with high resolution tilt and rotation sensors as standard. This integration offers the customer precise control, feeding exact positioning data to the Machine Control System.  

OptiLube and LockSense from Steelwrist

The tiltrotator also includes LockSense, a new patented safety solution for work tool locking, and OptiLube, an onboard lubrication system. 

The idea behind OptiLube is to ensure the tiltrotator is greased as required, at the right time and with an optimized grease, all with the purpose to increase the lifespan of the tiltrotator. The OptiLube system takes care of lubrication automatically, ensuring consistent and optimal performance.

The lubricant used is specially developed for Steelwrist tiltrotators and reduces friction and extends lifetime. OptiLube is integrated into the tiltrotator’s control system, allowing for continuous monitoring of lubrication performance and alerts the operator when it is time to replace the lubricant cartridge. 

Steelwrist was first company to introduce the Front Pin Lock system in 2012 and its new LockSense system continues the tradition of innovation.

The wireless solution eliminates delicate cables in exposed positions with a battery lifetime of about five years. 

Operators receive both visual and auditory confirmations, ensuring that every work tool change is secure and reliable. 

Steelwrist SQ technology

The new tiltrotators, as well as all other Steelwrist products, are available with interfaces following the symmetrical standard (S standard), which is the fastest growing standard internationally. 

Thanks to the modular design it is possible to upgrade the tiltrotator from S-type to SQ-type. Steelwrist SQ technology allows the operator to change between hydraulic powered work tools in seconds without leaving the cab.

On the new XTR20 and the other third generation tiltrotators down the line, the upgrade from S to SQ is possible on both the upper coupler and the tiltrotator quick coupler without having to change the structural parts. Now, a simple change of components will allow for the upgrade from S to SQ.  

All Steelwrist SQ products follow the global Open-S industry standard for automatic quick couplers for excavators. The ambition with the global Open-S industry standard is to give machine operators and contractors the freedom to combine quick couplers, tiltrotators and work tools from different manufacturers.

New gripper 

The optional gripper is an amazing tool to increase productivity on any tiltrotator. The XTR20 can be equipped with a redesigned downward angled three-finger gripper extending the reach of the excavator.

With improved geometry, it gives a wide opening and near-complete closure, and it handles objects with precision. The design, including sturdy cylinder covers, ensures smooth operation in all types of jobs.

XR Rotor Couplers

With the launch of the XR7 and XR20 rotor couplers, Steelwrist is introducing a completely new product range in its line-up. The rotor coupler allows the work tool to rotate 360 degrees continuously.

At the same time, installation is simple as the rotor coupler does not require any control system on the excavator. The rotation function allows the operator to position the work tool more freely, avoiding repositioning of the excavator, which increases efficiency.

The flexibility provided by the rotor coupler turns the excavator into a true tool carrier, able to take on a variety of tasks and improving the utilization of the machine. 

Designed to perform, the robust gearbox allows for precise and efficient rotation of any work tool.

The XR7 is designed for excavators between 4 and 7 tonnes and comes with an S40 coupler. The XR20 is offered with both S60 and SQ60 coupler and can be installed on excavators between 14 and 20 tonnes.

The rotor couplers have a robust design, as well as a low building height and weight. Installation is fast and easy as no separate control system is required. The machine needs to be equipped with at least one dual connection auxiliary line. An additional auxiliary line can be used to operate the optional gripper unit or a hydraulic work tool under the rotor coupler.

The high flow swivel joints in the XR7 and the XR20, enables the use of high flow work tools such as hydraulic breakers, compactors and grapples. 

The XR7 rotor coupler is equipped with the Front Pin Hook safety solution. The XR20 features LockSense technology, a sensor based locking system.  Both rotor couplers can be equipped with an integrated gripper, which will increase productivity even further.

The gripper opens widely, closes almost entirely, has robust cylinder covers and does not interfere with excavation. The gripper can be retrofitted if the customer’s requirements evolve.

“With the introduction of the XR7 and XR20 rotor couplers we are further expanding our already wide product range focusing on turning the excavator into a tool carrier,” Stockhaus said.

“Rotor couplers are obviously a product that does not have the same productivity as a tiltrotator but also not the same price tag, with the advantage of a very easy installation.”

Tiltrotator-optimized tools

Steelwrist offers a wide range of work tools and are now adding a new range of compactors and grapples that are all optimized to be used under the tiltrotator. 

Steelwrist’s second generation of compactors, HCX, are engineered for excavators to deliver high compaction force, making soil and trench compaction seamless and effortless. The compactor operates smoothly even with unmatched low hydraulic flow. In fact, the new HCX range has the same compaction force as the previous range but only using half of the oil flow.

The new range of compactors consists of six new models from HCX6 to the largest HCX26, covering excavators from 2 to 26 tonnes. The compactors are all available with interfaces following the S standard. 

The range of compactors starts with the S40 size interface and goes all the way up to the S70 size.  Additionally, the HCX compactors have an energy efficient design that results in a lower fuel consumption.

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The new multi-purpose (MGX) and sorting grapples (SGX) are optimized for use with the tiltrotator and share common features that enhance efficiency and durability. 

The new range of MGX and SGX grapples are lighter in weight, yet stronger in design, and the overall height has been reduced.  

Like the new range of compactors, the new grapples are available with interfaces following the S standard. They can also be upgraded from S-type to SQ-type thanks to the modular design.

The MGX grapple is a versatile and strong grapple for use in general construction, heavy lifting, stone laying, sorting, timber loading, waste wood handling and light demolition. There are five new models available from the MGX2 for the smallest compact excavators all the way to the MGX26 for excavators up to 26 tonnes. 

The SGX grapple is ideal for handling tougher materials like rocks, large stones, timber and scrap, as well as for recycling, sorting and medium-duty demolition. There are four new models, from the SGX8 for 5 to 8 ton excavators to the SGX26, which is available for excavators up to 26 tonnes.

“With the very significant upgrades worked into our second generation compactors, multi and sorting-grapples we have the solutions that customers are looking for to make their excavators even more versatile and productive”, Stockhaus said.