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    Finally got the Root Grapple hooked up so between rain storms I snapped a few photos

    Used it a little yesterday but everything is so wet things became counter-productive real quick.
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    JD 3720 Premium Cab, 300CX, 59" Front Mt. Blower, 72d MMM auto-connect deck.

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    Great looking setup! CHEERS
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    Very nice, who manufactured it? I looks very similar to the Millonzi unit's that that ceased to exsist due to the company folding after the owners demise.

    Matt
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    That looks just plain mean! You will no doubt find no end of jobs to do with it, and after awhile, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhitehunter View Post
    Very nice, who manufactured it? I looks very similar to the Millonzi unit's that that ceased to exsist due to the company folding after the owners demise.

    Matt
    Matt,

    It's a Fabtech/Versatech brand which I picked up semi-locally (90 miles round trip). Kind of a lucky find and at the last minute too. I was all set to buy the Construction Attachments brand from Everything Attachments when I stumbled across this one.

    Can't say I'm all that familiar with the Millonzi's but I have heard the name.
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    Good luck with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockgod View Post
    Matt,

    It's a Fabtech/Versatech brand which I picked up semi-locally (90 miles round trip). Kind of a lucky find and at the last minute too. I was all set to buy the Construction Attachments brand from Everything Attachments when I stumbled across this one.

    Can't say I'm all that familiar with the Millonzi's but I have heard the name.
    Millonzi, was kind of the first company to market grapple's for the CUT market. There's a fellow on here named Island tractor, he's kind of the godfather of grapples on TBN. You'll quickly find how many uses the grapple has. I was torn between this style and the ATI clamshell type but for my needs this style is the best fit. Now have fun playing with your new toy!

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    Very nice set up. I'm about to take delivery on a new Grand L 4240, also with a root grapple. However, the dealer ordered one from ceattachments.com and it appears to be for a skid steer. http://www.ceattachments.com/Librari...t_Grapples.pdf
    I'm a little concerned about the extra weight on the 854 FEL. Looks like this one is 820 lbs, at 72". I'm thinking that while the 854 shouldn't have trouble handling it, I wonder if it's overkill. I'm clearing brush and some fairly large ash trees. I've seen the offerings from EverythingAttachments.com and also looked at the versatech you purchased. Mine comes in at around $2500. Any thoughts? Thanks for your input.

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    I am selling my ANBO brush root grapple, 68" wide. Well built unit but I just don't use it.
    Working to increase the scope of the small tractor experience, one quick attach at a time.

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    That looks great. I am sure you will get lots of use out of it, as grapples are the most useful implement on a tractor in my opinion.

    Now to stir up a debate. I use mine mostly for clearing trees and large overgrown bushes (what we call privey hedge around here) I approach a tree, say up to 8 inches in diameter, hit it high and push it over as best I can. Of course some trees are just too well rooted or just too big for my tractor (a M 6800 weighing close to 8000 lbs) You will develop a feel for which ones can be uprooted. I then back up, plunge the teeth under the root ball and curl as I push forward. If all works well, the root ball is plucked from the ground. Pick it up and carry it to a pile. Now in my experience a wide grapple like yours may be great for clearing brush but is too wide for plucking trees like I described. Even with my 48", stubborn trees require me to use the corner of my grapple or just two teeth to dig and break the roots. Sometimes I have to work around the tree digging and breaking roots almost like using a backhoe, before it will finally surrender. I think a wide grapple on a CUT cannot focus the pressure with enough force to uproot, because tractors just don't have to power in the FEL to do that. Now I think a wider grapple would do just fine (or even better than a narrower one) if you are clearing small stuff. You can tilt forward, sink the teeth a couple of inches and drive forward skimming the ground and clearing the growth and uprooting bushes and saplings. But for uprooting larger trees, the 48" will work better. I have pushed down many hundreds and developed this into an art! Some of you will disagree and profess the superiority of a wide one, but this is my opinion after using extensively for three years. But any grapple is better than no grapple!! They are fun to use.

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