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    Silver Member Darrenone's Avatar
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    Default Another grapple thread!

    This past summer I bought a new to me used kubota L3130 tractor. I have been looking into buying a grapple and thought I could use the wisdom from the many members of TBN. This is a great site with so much knowledge! I know there are alot of grapple threads on here and I have read through many of them. Maybe being a bit lazy I thought I could get opinions from you all on my specific tractor. I was wondering what would be the best grapple for my tractor at a reasonable price and what is the best way to operate the grapple? Third function? My uses would be moving brush and small trees( cut to size to be handled ) to burn piles. I do have a rear remote to operate a backhoe. Again, I am sorry about another grapple thread and appreciate the knowledge and wisdom of the many members of TBN. Thank you for your thoughts and time.
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    Default Re: Another grapple thread!

    Are you looking for a full grapple or adding a thumb to your bucket or forks?
    I had a L3130 with the 723 loader,I see yours is a Woods.I assume about the same capacity(1500lbs) or so.Carefull with a full grapple as far as weight of the grapple,too heavy and you reduce lifting capacity.I added a thumb to my bucket and that only added about 250lbs.
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    Thanks nybirdman, I like that thumb and will have to look into to those a little more. Originally, I was thinking of a 48" dedicated grapple mostly because of weight issues. I don't want one that is so heavy as to take away most of my lifting capacity. What did you do for the hydraulics to it?

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    Default Re: Another grapple thread!

    Ya ,the thumb with a tooth-bar works for me.I had my dealer install the kubota third function kit($1,000.00).Myself and others have had problems with it;I would look to W.R.Long for a kit for yours.

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    Default Re: Another grapple thread!

    " I am sorry about another grapple thread and appreciate the knowledge and wisdom of the many members of TBN. Thank you for your thoughts and time."

    Darrenone,
    There could never be to my grapple threads !! You can always learn something new it seem from each one. It seems that there is a lot of guys that have bought the 48" Mini Econo Grapple and talk highly of it .I think I saw it was around 420lbs. They seem to have a good price range and diff. styles to chose from. (www.wildkatattachments) . I run my grapple off my rear remotes and it seems to work out fine ,and the cost is cheaper to hook it up .

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    Default Re: Another grapple thread!

    I have an ATI bolt on grapple which I am very happy with. Doesn't look mean like some grapples do but does a real good job for me. And it is there all the time w/o changing impliments. At first I had it on a rear remote. Then I wanted to use the remotes for a TnT so I added a second valve above my FEL valve for the grapple. That project is discribed in these two threads if your interested in something likre that.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/h...e-project.html

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/h...e-project.html

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