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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    Personally with that much land to work I would start with a M7040suhd if it must be a kubota. Just the 24 inch front wheels will make life easier in your described enviroment and its only 5 grand more but with all capabilities increased. Get the third function from the factory and all the rear remotes you can. Get a big grapple that is designed for forestry cleanup thats at least as wide as the front tires. just my 2 cents.

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    Platinum Member JD 4520's Avatar
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    I have a 48" grapple with my 60 HP tractor and it is plenty heavy. Just right for my use.
    Gary

    JD 4520, 400X FEL, Frontier Front Blade, Box Blade, Rotary Cutter, Landscape Rake, 48" Wildkat Grapple and PHD

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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bfitzgerald3 View Post

    As for chickens, I'm tring t convince the significant other to get more than a handful...organic free range eggs are crazy expensive here. Seems like if we do 6, we could do 30.
    I agree about the 6 vs. 30 (or 60..) Free range eggs are probably expensive because free range chickens only last about a day, around here anyway.. I only let them free range when they stop laying.
    Kioti CK 25 Hydro: box blade, brush hog, rake, roto-till, grapple, bucket forks, de-stump cyl, Wallenstein Chipper
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    Gold Member El Wood's Avatar
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    Grapples are awesome! I think I've used mine more then my FEL. It's well worth the money. I'm in the process of cleaning up 20 acres for a home site and its been a great tool for brush and logs.



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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    A grapple is a wonderful tool, and you won't be sorry you bought it.

    For what it's worth, here's my long-winded experience installing a W.R. Long 3rd function kit on my MX5100, just in case you decide to go that route.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...-kit-plus.html

    If you get a grapple and use it to clear slash, I highly recommend you make a couple of mods to prevent limbs from damaging your equipment.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/o...ml#post2276991

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/c...ml#post2240129

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bfitzgerald3
    I have a kubota MX5100 on order w/ a single rear remote. Delivery is scheduled for three weeks. This will be my first tractor experience... I just bought a large parcel (157 acres) and never had a need.

    The property was bought in foreclosure. The previous owner had it logged (butchered if you will) and about 60 to 70 acres are covered in tree tops/limbs from the high value timber they removed. I would like to remove the evidence of pillage and am just realizing that a grapple might be my best friend.

    I admit that I haven't learned enough aout grapples to ask truly intelligent questions...however, with a good loader already coming, should I consider getting an attachment for it or a regular grapple? If you were me, would you pony up for a third function valve on the front now or wait til u have funds to get the attachment? Realistically I'm looking a clearing the carnage next fall.

    Thanks!
    I have an mx5100hst and I use it much like you plan to use yours. I had the dealer install the wr long third function when I bought the tractor and they did it for little more than the cost of the valve. I run a 56" wr long obg2 grapple and I absolutely love it. I wouldn't consider a grapple that weighed much over 500 pounds for the mx. I have moved lots of logging slash and LOTS of logs with it already. I think you will be well satisfied with your tractor and grapple combo.

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    Absolutely get a grapple. I and many others here are quite pleased with our 48" WildKat econo grapples. Don't order online, call Anita for the best deal.
    LS U5030C w/FEL, Bush Hog 307, Modern 7' industrial grade box blade w/hydraulic rippers, Rhino SPHD PHD, 48" Wildkat grapple, 72" Ratchet Rake, 6' King Kutter II tiller, 10' International Disk with hydraulic lift, 7' Vulcan double axle cultipacker, 76" W.R. Long bucket tooth bar.

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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    Just ordered a 60" grapple from MIE and the hose kit for my Kioti DK 40.
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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    Spoke to the dealer today. A third function, installed would run about $900 and isn't a standard option for the MX5100. Said it could still be done, but still recommended that I wait until the grapple becomes a reality, then run lines from the rear remote to the front... Maybe $300... it "won't be as pretty, but it will save a lot and most people don't end up using them too much." If I were using it regularly, he thought it would be a good idea.

    I'm sure there are other opinions here on what would be best for my situtation. However, I have a lot of respect for a dealer that will give advice that earns him less money.

    Thanks to all for their advice. A grapple is in the future, for sure!

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    Default Re: Grapple up, now or later?

    I ran my hydraulic lines from the rear and have been quite satisfied.
    LS U5030C w/FEL, Bush Hog 307, Modern 7' industrial grade box blade w/hydraulic rippers, Rhino SPHD PHD, 48" Wildkat grapple, 72" Ratchet Rake, 6' King Kutter II tiller, 10' International Disk with hydraulic lift, 7' Vulcan double axle cultipacker, 76" W.R. Long bucket tooth bar.

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