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

    ... all around grapple work?

    I'm in the "serious" stage of grapple shopping now, moving past the "oooh that's cool" and "I should get one someday" to "about ready to pull the trigger.

    There seem to be several different main designs. There is the "Rock Grapple," the "Root Grapple," the "Bucket Grapple", etc etc etc. Some have longer/skinnier bottom tines, some have shorter/stouter (and more) bottom tines, some have a solid bottom bucket, and then there is the dual vs single upper arm. I can understand the theory and philosophy between the different designs, especially having dual upper arms for uneven loads. However, in real-life application, are they really a big advantage?

    I'm sure each design has it's special niche, but if I'm looking for the "jack of all trades" grapple bucket, which design will best fit "all around" use, including roots, brush piles, logging, boulders, etc?

    Also, for size, I'm considering going no bigger than 60", since it's less weight, and smaller (so it fits better into places). Is there anything else I should consider in regards to width, as it relates to the different grapple designs?

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

    I got the rake grapple this one
    http://stores.palletforks.com/-strse...ake/Detail.bok
    I got it for two reasons
    1. Because I want it to do brush clearing and I assumed that this style would be better for brush because of the closer fingers top and bottom. 2. Because it was way less expensive than other similar units, and if I wanted grapple bucket (see below) I could also buy one of them also and only have as much in the pair of them as one more expensive unit.
    http://stores.palletforks.com/-strse...ket/Detail.bok
    I have the rake grapple now and I am in the process of doing the plumbing, but other things in life have gotten in the way so I am not moving along very quickly. The rake grapple I have is really stout and build IMHO very well, it is heavy I think the listing said 600 lbs so it will cut down on the loader capasity but such is life and they all will. But I do plan on getting a grapple bucket in the future because I know it will do a much better job of lifting logs. In your case the grapple bucket is probably the most versatile option, but it my world I will have two different attachments!
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    Wicked Grapple all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Guesseral, have you found any tasks that your particular grapple design was poorly suited for?

    Travis, are the dual arms better suited for all around work than the single arm? Do the 2 cylinders splitting the hydraulic flow give more squeezing power than a single cylinder at full flow?
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    It is always a trade off of feature designs and strength vs weight. Only you can tell what will work best for you. Everyone has an opinion and the sellers have an agenda that supports the product they sell. If you go to tines that are really thin then you have to use gussets and frame parts to add support to keep it from bending. That is fine unless those supports restrict the tines insertion and reduce effectiveness. All trade offs. The only design that will give me full functionality for what I want will restrict someone else and their preferred design you could not give me that grapple. Weight is always a consideration but the center of mass distance forward of the pivot point is often overlooked as heavier closer to pivot point can give more lift capability than lighter further out from pivot point. Simple physics. Do not fall for marketing garbage. Analyze your needs, look at what is out there and slowly make a decision. There are ranges of CUT and their capabilities. Many folks have a CUT that will do fine with a light duty grapple of any design but do not believe that that light duty grapple will not be destroyed by a larger frame CUT.
    As I said you could not give me 90% of the grapples that are out there but many folks would not take my grapple if given to them either. Analyze your needs not what someone tells you you needs are.
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    Default Re: Which type of grapple is best suited for...

    Hey TSO - you copied my picture! I want royalties... (Just kidding!). Mine is the one sitting on a pallet on a trailer. I used it last weekend to clean up a bunch of brush to put on my burn pile. Couldn't be happier with it. Works as advertised. I'm just needing more seat time to get all the work done that I want. I have the WildKat 66" grapple. I had to weld two 1/4" plates to the lower mounting bracket to take up the slack as it was a bit loose. I don't know if it's a kubota fitment issue or they weld it too wide, but it's good to go now.

    Oh, if I had a do-over, I would have seriously considered Ted's wicked grapple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkypilot View Post
    Hey TSO - you copied my picture! I want royalties...
    Definitely! I'll check with Google ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Herkypilot View Post
    Oh, if I had a do-over, I would have seriously considered Ted's wicked grapple.

    HP
    Any particular reason?

    Are all the designs capable of all the applications above, like logs, boulders, heavy stuff like that?
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    The first, third and last ones you pictured would be the best all around type of grapple in my opinion.

    The ones with the solid bottom would hold dirt and probably wouldn't be ideal for rooting out bushes. The ones with tines in the bottom just let the dirt and small rocks sift on through.

    The fifth one is made for stumps.
    The sixth one is probably for logs and could be used for brush as well.

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

    TSO, your original question to what type..... depends on what your main usage will be. I went through just about all the types until I found my root take. This was about 10 years ago, and I was shopping for a skid steer not a tractor. My use was (mainly) cleaning/clearing up the woods. But I started with a 4 in 1 bucket, a fine tool for some clean up jobs, but not what I was looking for. Then got a flat bottom "scrap" type grapple. This was better for than the 1st. but still, not ideal for my tasks. It was a smooth edge with no raking ability and the solid bottom had no visibility and carried a bunch of dirt and unwanted stuff. Finally I found the root rake that I have now, excelent "grubbing" ability, great with logs & brush, and handy moving rocks. All the other's have been sold or traded. I'd acess your chores that you want this bucket to do (mostly) and base your decision on that. For the $$, you'd be suprised at what a bolt on tooth bar and a add on grapple will do. (with your std bucket) Not the greatest at any one job, but it'll do them all and for not much $$.
    ps See the cyl. guard on the "wildcat" stump bucket? Look at the guarding on the cyl. ... you want that, not so much for the cyl itself. but the fragile 90* fittings on the hyd lines. In the woods/brush, those cyl. fittings are out there in the danger zone and very veunerable.
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