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    Gold Member El Wood's Avatar
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    Check out deere's grapples too. I really love mine... There are many different sizes.


    Looking for a grapple that fits my JD5300-image-2962627698.jpg

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    Default Re: Looking for a grapple that fits my JD5300

    I am sure wildkat makes a good grapple,heard alot of good things about them on here. I have personal expierance with deere grapples, there darn good. I used a 72" most of the summer on a ditch bank we cleaned the timber off of with the excavator. That always makes a mess. I think your tractor is in the 50 to 60 horsepower range? There is alot of debate on width. I think I would stay with a 48" though. But you could probly get by with a 60". A guy just needs to use common sense and good judgement. I am going with a 48" on mine,but it is a 4200. A bit smaller than yours.

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    Would agree depends on intent for usage. If just picking up debris the narrower units probably work fine. Spent most of past weekend using a 72" on a skid steer. Tasks included moving fallen trees, reclearing overgrown roads and creating new roads through thick brush and small trees. Was nice having the grapple as wide as the machine. Used it couple weeks ago to maneuver very large blocks of wood to the splitter. Could not have positioned it the same and as easy with a single jaw setup. If looking at one for my 5303 I would strongly consider a 72" double jaw design.

    I would fill the rear tires and use some sort of ballast on the 3pt hitch if space allows.

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