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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Is this the same make and model as the red one shown in your christmas wish list post?
    Did you make a hanger for toplink cylinder? Do I see a muffler clamp?
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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Yep, its the same make and model as the red one I posted. I was expecting it to be red too, so I was surprised that it was black.

    And you're right about the hanger I made for the toplink cylinder. Sharp eye! Here are a few shots of it.



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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by MossflowerWoods View Post
    When can I come over and borrow it?
    Let me at least try it out first David!
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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by pclausen View Post
    Let me at least try it out first David!
    Awwww! Hurry Up and USE it Bro!



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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by pclausen View Post
    Yep, its the same make and model as the red one I posted. I was expecting it to be red too, so I was surprised that it was black.

    And you're right about the hanger I made for the toplink cylinder. Sharp eye! Here are a few shots of it.



    The green paint hid it pretty well.
    I see your Loader Suspension is mounted on the right side. I found a kit for mine on ebay that was missing the switch. It mounts on the left side. I still need to order the switch and get it charged with nitrogen. I am going to get the maximum charge, 1305psi.
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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Nice. What are you waiting for. That screams "break out the chainsaw and cut something down". I've thought about making a smaller version for the few times I need one but then it would take away the extremely small need but large desire to get a logging winch.
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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Some actions shots from today.

    Here I am pulling out a couple of tops that are still good for a couple more logs.



    Close up. You can really tell how crazy dense this loblolly stand is.



    Here's a nice healthy 80-90 footer. They are good for 4 16' 4" logs and sometimes a 12' 4" section as well.



    No problem lifting a bottom 16' section all the way in the air.



    Different angle.



    Loading log onto trailer. One of these days I'll get around to putting rimguard in my rears. It's a little light with just the log grapple out back.



    This one leaned out into the clearing, so I needed to make sure it would fall the right way.



    All cut and ready to be pushed over. It is *VERY* important to leave enough "hinge" in the cut so that the bottom doesn't kick out and cause the tree fall on you and your tractor and anything else you have parked in the trees' path.



    Done for the day. My guess is that's about 5.5 tons.



    Another angle showing the 4 skinny 12' sections on top. Hey, every piece counts as the mill pays $38 per ton!



    Farewell shot as I'm heading back to the house. You can't even tell that anything has been cut yet. lol



    I'm very impressed with the power and capacity of this logging grapple. The hydraulic top link is real handy for getting the proper angle once raising the hitch. Using float for both the top link and side swing cylinder takes all the stress out of making turns and going up and down inclines. Since it opens up 76", it is also very good for picking up the tops and side limbs along narrow paths where it is not always easy to get the right angle with FEL grapple. Playing around with 7 hydraulic controls at once is pretty cool too, but it will take some seat time before it will become second nature which way to move each lever to get the desired result from that rear grapple. I got the front one down. I need to color code my hydraulic lines so that they get hooked up the same way each time.
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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    The ability to carry logs is so cool. Hook and chain method can really get logs dirty. Nice logging rig for sure.

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    Default Re: Just picked up a Valby 3pt log grapple

    Cool pics - always like to see how others complete their tasks!
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