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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    Before you order from Wildkat, make sure they have increased the 4x4 tubing to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8 inch they were using earlier this year. Several failures resulted with the top grapple mount essentially collapsing the tube as I recall. My Millonzi is essentially the same design but has 1/4 inch tube. Millonzi is no longer made but I would question in detail any grapple manufacturer to insure that the square tubing is 1/4 inch. I'd be pretty sure that WRLong will have the thicker tubing but have never checked that. Problem with WRLong is that they force you to go through a dealer and therefore they are not particularly price competitive.
    IT, They have not. Check out MIE
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    IT, They have not. Check out MIE
    I wouldn't buy a grapple with only 1/8 inch top tubing. Again, I don't understand why they would try to save $15 on materials and come up with a much weaker product.

    I haven't seen the MIE grapple but in general I would happily buy anything MIE makes. Very solid construction and very good company.

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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    My MIE grapple is being delivered tomorrow, I'll be sure to post a picture or two!

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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by Deerherd View Post
    My MIE grapple is being delivered tomorrow, I'll be sure to post a picture or two!
    What model did you order ??
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    Before you order from Wildkat, make sure they have increased the 4x4 tubing to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8 inch they were using earlier this year. Several failures resulted with the top grapple mount essentially collapsing the tube as I recall.
    I read the same posts. That was one reason I bought the GATOR... North American Implements. These are pretty solid units and the Econo's come in either 48" or 60" for about the same price as a WildKat.
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by Deerherd View Post
    My MIE grapple is being delivered tomorrow, I'll be sure to post a picture or two!
    Yeah Dave... lets see that bad boy.
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    You can take IT's recommendations to the bank. But....I aint so sure he's picked up the biggest ever load of brush.....I gotta dig thru my pics......I didn't know there was a contest.

    Sometimes I pick up whole pine trees.....and if not balanced right....I get concerned about twisting the loader. Some of those trees can be pretty heavy and there is allot of leverage. Short sections like shown here are no big deal.
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Ted from EverythingAttachments.com has a youtube showing
    his wares in action. That is about it on YouTube. I would love
    to see some real world grapple usage in real word conditions.
    Not just picking up piles of branches, they all will do that what
    I am having a hard time determining is whos unit works best
    w/ the front lower tines actually digging into the dirt and
    ripping out "Roots" .
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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisan View Post
    Ted from EverythingAttachments.com has a youtube showing
    his wares in action. That is about it on YouTube. I would love
    to see some real world grapple usage in real word conditions.
    Not just picking up piles of branches, they all will do that what
    I am having a hard time determining is whos unit works best
    w/ the front lower tines actually digging into the dirt and
    ripping out "Roots" .
    I agree. If you are not lifting your rear wheels while rooting out stumps then you are not really working the grapple. The other task that pushes the limits is just ramming into a thick area of brush with the tractor in 4 low and the grapple tines just about six inches below the surface. Push til you can't move and then close the grapple, lift and try to back out. If a grapple does well in those tests it will handle anything the tractor and loader are capable of. I don't abuse my grapple, I just work the crap out of it. Always push and lift with a centered load and travel slowly when root raking when you cannot see obstructions. Mine is battle scarred with a few wonky bends in the upper arm but nothing a little heat and persuasion cannot set right. It has never failed to do the job.

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    Default Re: questions about choice of root grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    What model did you order ??
    I’m getting the 60” model. It’s more important to me to be able to clear the width of the tractor than how big a root ball I can dig with it. I will never be trying to compete with you guys! Plus it gives me a pretty good idea if I am going to hit the CAB! Ninety-five percent of the time it will be carrying, not “grubbing” so that’s the right style and width for me. A friend has the 48" WildKat and short of a quick attach problem that he welded on some shims for, he has been pleased. Many on here are more than happy with theirs.

    I just felt the MIE, though more expensive is a better unit suited well to my needs and I liked the people. They answered all my questions, it was shipped on Tuesday and arrives tomorrow. Plus it already painted the right color……

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