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    I'm looking for a light duty grapple. What are the advantages to a grapple with 2 hydraulic cylinders vs. just 1. Goint to be moving brush mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJJR View Post
    I'm looking for a light duty grapple. What are the advantages to a grapple with 2 hydraulic cylinders vs. just 1. Goint to be moving brush mostly.
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    Personally I can't think of any but I'm sure someone will come up with an argument

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    Default Re: Grapple cylinders

    They clamp uneven loads. I won't say better, because I don't want to start anything..

    This is not a light duty, it's actually a little too heavy. I just took the pic because I knew I could never do it twice.
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    Default Re: Grapple cylinders

    Use a 72" on a Bobcat S250. With the split jaws/clamps sometimes it allows me to reach "around" something when one in the middle may not. The example in mind is grabbing bushes next to a large tree that I can't get beyond to push out. I can curl forward and grab just with the teeth. I guess you might could do the same with a single, just would have to manuever differently. Will be curious to hear how this turns out.

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    My preference is narrow. One vs. two cylinders has more to do with width. Get the one that fits your needs, there are countless variations out there. Weight has an effect as well, a #600 grapple can lift less than a #400 grapple on the same tractor. This is what I built, it weighs #100 and I have lifted 800-900 lb. rocks with it. I'm more then happy.
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    Default Re: Grapple cylinders

    The issue is more about having a split grapple or single-piece than one or two cylinder, I would think. Obviously a split grapple would require two cylinders, but a single grapple could be designed using one or two. As I don't own either style, I'll stop here.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicheater View Post
    My preference is narrow. One vs. two cylinders has more to do with width. Get the one that fits your needs, there are countless variations out there. Weight has an effect as well, a #600 grapple can lift less than a #400 grapple on the same tractor. This is what I built, it weighs #100 and I have lifted 800-900 lb. rocks with it. I'm more then happy.
    That is one beautiful grapple! I hope to be able to fab stuff like that one day.. my MIG unit is on the way..
    Kioti CK 25 Hydro: box blade, brush hog, rake, roto-till, grapple, bucket forks, de-stump cyl, Wallenstein Chipper
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    Default Re: Grapple cylinders

    I have a grapple with two cylinders...one on each side. One difference, (I am theorizing, don't know for sure), between the one cylinder vs the two cylinder is the two cylinder may have more clamping force. I have not used a one cylinder to compare, though. It also depends on the sizes of the cylinders.

    Having a lot of clamping force is good when grabbing heavy logs, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake98 View Post
    That is one beautiful grapple! I hope to be able to fab stuff like that one day.. my MIG unit is on the way..
    Thanx! It also has detachable extension wings for handling loose material.
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    An 'Extend-a-Grapple'??
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