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    Default Re: Which type of grapple is best suited for...

    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    How often do you guys have a full load in your grapple? The only time you have a full load in the grapple is with brush is when you are moving a pile. You are not rarely going to get a full load gathering brush. I can get a really big load in my grapple with a 30" opening.

    I think I posted this pic in this thread already.


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    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    If I may thread jump a bit: I'm wondering what kind of a log skidder does a Versahandler make? Seems small enough and steerable enough to negotiate some tight wood lots.
    I use it in the woods a lot, notice both mirrors are gone, replaced with cameras and a 7" monitor.

    The V417 is the smallest Bobcat Versahandler, 6' wide 7.5' wheelbase, 11' turning circle, 7,000 pound drawbar pull, over 5,000 pound lift.

    It has a SSQA, so most skid steer attachments will work on it.
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    Default Re: Which type of grapple is best suited for...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo Man View Post
    Xfax in reading your posts here I can understand what you are getting at (brush related). Judging by your equipment it appears you have a business where these grapples are used OR you have a large spread that requires a lot of maintenance and up keep. Either or time is precious and valuable. I could see why you would want or need that opening to max out each load you grab. I on the other hand will probably be fine with my 40" opening. It has not been delivered yet, so we shall see.
    I am just a retired 72 year old man playing with my toys on 80 acres that we moved to in October, 2011.

    Let us know how your grapple works out.

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    I agree with a middle tine on the single lid. It is one of my few complaints with the function of my Titan. The other major issue, is the lower tine spacing, but I think it is most likely consistent with other grapples in its class.

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    Default Re: Which type of grapple is best suited for...

    I should probably start a new thread for this but it is just a quick question and I know a lot of grapple owners and scholars are already watching this forum.

    My grapple will be coming this week. I have a WR long 3rd function valve already installed with hydraulic quick connects plumbed up ready to go. Will my grapple come with quick connects on the lines already or is that something that will have to be done by me once it is delivered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo Man View Post
    I should probably start a new thread for this but it is just a quick question and I know a lot of grapple owners and scholars are already watching this forum.

    My grapple will be coming this week. I have a WR long 3rd function valve already installed with hydraulic quick connects plumbed up ready to go. Will my grapple come with quick connects on the lines already or is that something that will have to be done by me once it is delivered.
    Depends on the manufacturer. Some do provide fittings while others just provide the hoses. You'll need to ask 1) what diameter hose and end fitting size 2) whether they included quick couplers and 3) if they did include quick couplers, are they Pioneer or flat face type. Also 4) what size are the QC fittings and 5) are they male or female or one of each.

    What fittings do you have on the tractor side?

    I prefer 1/2" Pioneer style with one male and one female as it prevents accidental reverse hook ups and also makes clean storage easy (just connect them together). 3/8 inch fittings are fine for controlling a grapple too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EverythingAttachments View Post
    Ted is working on the design of the single lid grapple. He is running into an issue with the JD hitch on a 48" because of where it needs to attach on the grapple. His question to you guys is: Would you be fine with a lighter, single lid 54" or is that additional 6 inches going to be a problem? His thinking is that the lighter weight is the key and the single lid will also bring the cost down. This would be 270 pounds and still keep a high grade of steel for durability. In reality, a 48" is not going to be any cheaper to build and will cause a bit of a headache in engineering.
    Your opinion is appreciated.
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    I would be fine with a 54"... Even a 60" if necessary. I just thing that, for my use and maneuverability requirements, 66-72" & up are too wide. I am liking the idea of an extremely light weight single lid grapple from EA !

    And I'm sure that, being that I started this thread and thus led to the development of this sure-to-be HUGE financial success for EA... That I'm entitled to 50% of the gross proceeds... But for the sake of humility & charity, I'll only take 10%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSO View Post
    I would be fine with a 54"... Even a 60" if necessary. I just thing that, for my use and maneuverability requirements, 66-72" & up are too wide. I am liking the idea of an extremely light weight single lid grapple from EA !

    And I'm sure that, being that I started this thread and thus led to the development of this sure-to-be HUGE financial success for EA... That I'm entitled to 50% of the gross proceeds... But for the sake of humility & charity, I'll only take 10%.

    LOL

    I'll give them and even better deal and just run their prototype through it's paces!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post

    I'll give them and even better deal and just run their prototype through it's paces!
    Believe me, I have no shortage of things waiting to move with it! This is just tip of the iceberg too...



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    Quote Originally Posted by TSO View Post

    Believe me, I have no shortage of things waiting to move with it! This is just tip of the iceberg too...

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    Stop wasting your time with a chainsaw. Get a ripper and take those trees out whole rather than being left with a nasty stump. Checkout the ripper thread from a year or two ago.

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