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  1. #21
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    Default Re: brush clearing

    I don't know, John. Ever since the subject came up, I have been playing with display settings and can't make it "unwrap". (I'm an old computer tech, but have been retired 10 years and a lot of this stuff has passed me by). Maybe Harv or one of the other moderators can shed some light.

  2. #22

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    Default Re: brush clearing

    John,
    Are you by chance using Netscape as your browser? I do, and Netscape will refuse to wrap the long links. Internet Explorer will wrap the links.

    Hoss

  3. #23
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    Kubota L4610 HSTC, International 2400, Hesston 1280,

    Default Re: brush clearing

    Chris,
    Maybe after sleeping on it, you may find a way. I have since seen at least one on the internet that was factory made. Also, a friend near me said he had to have one & is getting a local welder to build his.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: brush clearing

    Thanks for the info,
    That was my first try at showing a link.
    I have been wondering why, sometimes what I was reading, was not wordwrapping.
    I always like to learn how to make things work better.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: brush clearing

    Sounds like you have found a very useful piece of equipment. Did you build your grapple for your bucket, or find a factoy one? Sounds like this could come in very handy for a lot of things.
    I built a grapple of sorts for a set of forks I built to load brush or logs on a dump truck, but can see many uses for other types of grapples.

    PS
    I would like to see a picture of your grapple, or one like it.

  6. #26

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    Beach City, TX
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: brush clearing

    Neal,
    Right now I am scraping together every penny I can to build a house this year. Once I get squared away in my new home I will be able to concentrate on new attachments for my tractor. Problem is, the more I read this excellent website, the more attachments I find that I just GOTTA have! Now along with a box blade and a PHD I find I must have one of those tree grabbers. I sure appreciate you sharing this info with me. Maybe I will win the lottery tonight and can buy one of everything I have read about here at TBN....[img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

    Chris

  7. #27
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    Kubota B2410

    Default Re: brush clearing

    I have been very impressed with it so far. While it does add a little weight to the FEL it is worth it. I do not have a picture of my tractor to post but the grapple can be seen at -<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.pfvirtualfarmshow.com/new_products/1101a.asp>Grapple </A> is made by ATI Corporation and is specifically for compact tractors. Mine does not look quite like the picture. We added about 6" to the brackets on the sides to raise the unit up and increase the bite, so the torque tube is about twice as high above the bucket as shown in the picture. The only complaint I have is the hydraulic tubes hang down behind the bucket (lots of slack is required for rolling the bucket). While they have never really gotten damaged or in the way, I would prefer to have them under better control. I am thinking of putting them on an elastic cord that will hold them up but streach to allow for movement.The control lever is mounted to a plate and stalk beside the loader control. It took about an hour to learn how to operate the loader and the grapple togeather with one hand. I finally have it down and can roll the bucket and close the grapple at the same time. Not incidentally I have welded chain hooks on both ends of the top of the torque tube and this allows better control and leverage when lifting loads. Besides improving handling of brush, loose materials can be held in the bucket without spillage. The bucket will now hold about twice the normal capicity of mulch as without the grapple. Also as you might imagine, you can grab any size log that will fit into the mouth of the grapple. Combined with the tooth bar, I can now grab logs in one try that I used to have to chase uphill until I could get the bucket under them. Some that were so large that they simply could not be picked up are now piled neatly waiting for fall cutting.The grapple does run on the tractor hydraulics, but it does not take much flow. I would recommend this attachment for anyone that handles brush, logs, and mulch, with or without a tooth bar. On last thing. Put quick detach fittings at both the control valve, and the FEL bucket end of the lines so you can remove either the loader or the grapple when you need to.I have attached the picture from the above website (sorry I do not know how to put a link in these posts).
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    Default Re: brush clearing

    Yesterday was the first real workout for the used KK 5' rotary cutter I got a while back. Last week we made new holes for the lower pins, and I used chain for the toplink connection. I mounted the FEL and KK, and headed for Mom-in-law's farm to knock down high woody weeds. Most were really weeds, but there were a few small trees mixed in to experiment with. Nothing was over 2" diameter there. Different areas had different terrain. Most was sloped, and there were a couple places that had drop-off's. The FEL with the toothbar was handy for combing / probing the high stuff before mowing. The exercise took over two hours, and was pretty enjoyable. When I was switching implements around, there was a point when the KK was on without the FEL. I managed to get the front wheels off the ground with very little effort. The KK hangs way out there compared with the RFM, and has lots more leverage. As big as the RFM is, it hasn't made the front end feel light. I don't thing I'll be brushhogging without the FEL, especially on the hilly terrain.................chim

  9. #29
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    Default Re: brush clearing

    <font color=blue>Are you by chance using Netscape as your browser? I do, and Netscape will refuse to wrap the long links.</font color=blue>

    Yep, that must be my problem. Thanks

    John Mc

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