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    Elite Member Skyco's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Several things make it better than just pushing over with an FEL. I find that using it to lift while applying horizontal motion, both forward and backwards makes for a much cleaner removal. Then when you have the tree out you carry it to wherever you are gonna put it. I use mine on a short chain dangling off the FEL on my center mounted receiver/hook that I made.

    Now if you don't have a means to lift it and can only pull horizontally then I agree it may be no better than a wrapped chain. The swivel teeth make it practical to lift and pull, I tried a pallet grabber first and without the teeth swiveling it would come off when changing pull direction from horizontal to vertical rocking a tree out.

    YMMV IMHO etc..bottom line I'm very pleased with mine and would buy it again.

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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Yes that's the attachment I'm talking about. Why is vehicle weight a factor ? I can understand pulling power. I don't have a FEL so that's why I'm thinking about the Grubber

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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Quote Originally Posted by GARBLUES View Post
    Yes that's the attachment I'm talking about. Why is vehicle weight a factor ? I can understand pulling power. I don't have a FEL so that's why I'm thinking about the Grubber
    Heavier generally means better traction and more applied power. My previous tractor a B3030 weighed around 1000 lbs less than my current GL3240. I find that I can pull or push more weight with the GL3240 without spinning.
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Here is a tree grubber that one of the guys built. Simple to build. 6 in channel welded to a cross bar. The owner might chime in and tell you if it works as planned. It would depend on the lifting weight.of your tractor. How I would this would be to lower it to the ground about 12 in from tree, and as you reverse, the grubber will go deeper and grab at the root area, and just keep pushing. You might not even have to lift. Just grub it.

    Some hydraulic top link control would make it work really well.
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    Last edited by J_J; 03-19-2009 at 07:46 AM.
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    It doesn't take me more than about ten seconds to wrap a chain two or three times around a small tree trunk and hook to itself. I'd imagine a nylon strap would also be pretty quick to attach. I appreciate that the brush grabber clamps hard but if a tree is so small that it bends and allow the chain to slide off then I would imagine that same tree is small enough to just knock over with the FEL. I am still unconvinced.
    knocking the trees/brush over with the FEL works good. The only thing I can think of would be if the tree was in an area that you didn't want to tear up.

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    Super Star Member J_J's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    I don't believe that the original poster has a FEL.
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Quote Originally Posted by J_J View Post
    I don't believe that the original poster has a FEL.
    Understood. That still leaves me wondering what the grabber does that a length of chain or polyester tow strap cannot do. Even for something with a multistemmed base like multiflora rose would seem to be easily wrapped with one or the other (several wraps by walking around the bush) and then just using the tractor to pull the chain/strap tight and then out of the ground. I've done that and it works (though I would most often use a grapple to push over and dig out). In any case it seems people who own the grabber like it.

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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Quote Originally Posted by dex3361 View Post
    May not work for your application. I remove Multiflora Rose and it is a pain to get all the way around it with the chain, its hard enough to get in with the brush grabber.
    There ya go! That makes sense... nasty brambles that are a PITA to crawl into and hook up a strap or chain - just snap those jaws on it and go.

    Definitely like that SS attachment! But $90 vs $900..?

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    Super Star Member J_J's Avatar
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    Here is another simple one you could make to replace the bucket.
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    Default Re: Brush Grabber

    The biggest brush grabber that Northern carries is only medium size to the large one that BAC makes which sells for about $130 plus shipping direct.
    That one is a monster.
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