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    Default Grapple for B3300su

    I have spent hours and hours reading the various threads on grapple selection for tractors on this site (thanks to all who post such helpful info). I'm still struggling with whether the weight of a grapple is going to be too much for my tractor, and would greatly appreciate hearing from any of you who have experience with lighter loaders and grapples.

    My tractor is a B3300su with the LA504 loader and BH77 backhoe. The specs in the brochure I kept read "Lift capacity (pivot pin) 1065" and "Lift capacity (19.7 in. forward) 730".

    After reading many posts, I know I don't want anything larger than a 48" grapple.

    So my issue is whether the weight is going to be too much to get a solid benefit out of the grapple (for moving brush, logs, branches).

    Here is what I've spec'd out from info on web sites:

    • Tach-All Quick Attach (assuming I go this route and someday convert my bucket too): 78lbs.
    • WR Long OBG-2 (48"): 352lbs
    • Wild Kat econ mini grapple (48"): 420lbs
    • Bradco 48": 300lbs


    The Wild Kat is my favorite design (and by far my favorite price). I'm also assuming my 60" bucket with toothbar is around 300lbs, but I'm not sure if that is correct as I can't find specs for that (just curious as when its off, it obviously would offset the weight of the grapple that I would add on in its place)

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. It seems like most of the posters have more capable loaders than what I am dealing with, but I'm hoping some of you have dealt with this issue.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    I have a similar sized tractor and am also curious to hear what people think here.

    Grapples, even small ones, seem pretty heavy, in general. And they are ussually a bit longer than a bucket, i.e. more weight hangs further out in front of the loader mounting pins.

    Is the weight of a grapple offset somewhat by the typical load carried? I.e. a load of brush or branches isnt all that heavy.. but if you're moving rocks, stumps and logs...

    JTY, as you have obviously been doing your research, would you mind posting the prices, shipped, of all 3 grapples also? That would be a major decision factor for me.

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Strangely silent in here given all the long threads on grapples . . . maybe the topic is exhausted. I'd still love to hear from anyone with a loader that had similar lift limitations that added a grapple.

    To answer the question on pricing that was asked, here is what I've found (none of these include freight - I haven't gotten that far):

    Bradco 48" -- $2145 with no hoses (forddistributing.com)

    W.R. Long OBG-2 48" -- $1625 (EverythingAttachments.com - universal quick attach standard)

    Wild Kat -- 900

    And now something that has completely thown me off on the size question is the Ambo 60", which I had discounted completely. They suggest this size works better with my particular loader. Weight is 390lbs (slightly lighter than my favorite - the wild kat). Pricey though at $2825. I've read these are the cadillac of grapples, but man do they cost a lot!

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    You have very little headroom to work with there. I would aim for the lightest one you can. A possible alternative would be to ask one of the outfits to weld one up with the next smallest size steel. 5/16" tines instead of 3/8", 1/4" tube instead of 3/8" etc. The risk is going too thin and the whole thing getting weak. But you could probably shave 100+ lbs that way... Or, if your plan if for brush use, then don't worry about it as the load is light. But lifting sizable logs or any serious rock will be out of the question. The size of the tractor and loader will dictate that in any case.

    Many of these outfits can customize these pretty easy as they are all laser or plasma cut pieces, so they just need to slap a plate on there of whatever size you want.

    No simple answer. You are rather severely weight limited, no matter what you do.
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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    You have very little headroom to work with there. I would aim for the lightest one you can. A possible alternative would be to ask one of the outfits to weld one up with the next smallest size steel. 5/16" tines instead of 3/8", 1/4" tube instead of 3/8" etc. The risk is going too thin and the whole thing getting weak. But you could probably shave 100+ lbs that way... Or, if your plan if for brush use, then don't worry about it as the load is light. But lifting sizable logs or any serious rock will be out of the question. The size of the tractor and loader will dictate that in any case.

    Many of these outfits can customize these pretty easy as they are all laser or plasma cut pieces, so they just need to slap a plate on there of whatever size you want.

    No simple answer. You are rather severely weight limited, no matter what you do.
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    "Being a pessimist is great. You can't lose. Either you end up being right...or you are pleasantly surprised."

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Thanks - that is exactly what I was concerned with. I can only estimate the weight of the 60" bucket, which I assume I can subtract from the weight of the grapple, but I am guessing 250-300 lbs for that max.

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Your 60" bucket is 125lbs per the kubota whole goods specs, tooth bar I'd bet is 40-50lbs.

    So, a grapple is going to weigh a good bit more, but what you'll be lifting with it generally isn't that heavy. I have seen several people go with the 48" W.R. Long grapple on the B-series Kubotas (all the way down to the B2320) with good success. The nice the about the WR long is that they will build it to fit your current loader configuration and therefore also the quick attach Kubota offers for your loader (which is a lot cheaper and lighter than the Tach-All.)
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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Quote Originally Posted by Verticaltrx View Post
    Your 60" bucket is 125lbs per the kubota whole goods specs, tooth bar I'd bet is 40-50lbs.
    You very well could be correct but I would double check. Could be a typo in the spec.
    125 kg not 125 lbs is closer to my 5' bucket weight.
    The spec in my manual for a 482 loader for a pin on 5' square bucket (not round hvy duty bucket) is 96 kg or 212 lbs.

    BTW I have the hvy bucket (300# plus) and a ATI bolt on grapple. While I can't pick up everything it suits me fine and I don't feel severly weight limited. My 482 loader is speced close to yours. You have probably seen plenty of pictures and discussion.
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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Quote Originally Posted by JTY531 View Post
    And now something that has completely thown me off on the size question is the Ambo 60", which I had discounted completely. They suggest this size works better with my particular loader. Weight is 390lbs (slightly lighter than my favorite - the wild kat). Pricey though at $2825. I've read these are the cadillac of grapples, but man do they cost a lot!
    I've been shopping grapples for my JD3320 and ANBO said they could build a 52" to further reduce the grapple weight, that would be in their UT-S series that uses top mounted cylinders. On their GR series that have the side mount cylinders the narrowest that would work with my tractor was 66" which was more width, weight and cost than I wanted.

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    Default Re: Grapple for B3300su

    Thought I'd give a quick update on where I'm at with this. I exchanged e-mails with Anbo, but even though their grapples are supposed to be top of the line, I really like the shape of the tines better on the WR Long. They also recommended a 60" model with a single grapple, and that is a little bigger than I was wanting (maybe I've read too many posts by Island Tractor -- all very helpful by the way, so thank you).

    I decided on the WR Long OBG2 48". At 357lbs its not much different than my bucket - especially with the clamp on forks I've been using to do jobs I would be using the grapple for.

    I called the closest WR Long dealer (listed on their web site) and got a quote for the wrong model today, which was much more expensive ($2500 plus $300 shipping for a 56" OBG2). I'm hoping for a quote on the 48" tomorrow.

    As for the WR Long 3rd function kit, they quoted $900, which seems like more than others are paying. Any help would be appreciated. My local dealer will sell another kit (listed on the Anbo site) and install it for $850. The only thing I don't like about that kit is that you don't replace the knob and instead just attach a button someplace to operate the grapple. Any thoughts on that would be much appreciated too.

    So hopefully the price comes in better tomorrow and I can actually get one ordered to play with.

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