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    Default BX loader bucket grapple

    I finally had some time to start the bucket grapple. I tryed to make it light weight but still strong and this is what I came up with. These pictures are the base plate for the grapple.
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Here are the arms for the grapple, I used 5/8" cat 0 pins to attach it to the base bracket. I drilled the mounting points on the arms for grease fittings. I have the cylinder, fittings and hose's, I will try to get all that hooked up today and get more pictures.
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    That looks like beautiful work. But I have a comment. I don't have a grapple but I imagine that actually seeing what you are trying to grab may be difficult, so I often wonder why grapples don't have a tooth bar or something similar running between the tips of the arms. Wouldn't that make pulling small stumps or posts out of the ground easier? I have a 4in1 and one advantage is that I dont have to be able to see what I'm trying to grab. I just drive up to it 'til I hit it, then close the claw, and yank.

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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Looks really good. What are the other two attach fittings on top of the bucket for. I am going to do the same, but I have to build a bucket first.
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Those are for his forks. Info on those on a different thread
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Nice work as always Scooter!
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by alchemysa View Post
    That looks like beautiful work. But I have a comment. I don't have a grapple but I imagine that actually seeing what you are trying to grab may be difficult, so I often wonder why grapples don't have a tooth bar or something similar running between the tips of the arms. Wouldn't that make pulling small stumps or posts out of the ground easier? I have a 4in1 and one advantage is that I dont have to be able to see what I'm trying to grab. I just drive up to it 'til I hit it, then close the claw, and yank.
    alchemysa, you are correct it is hard to see what is going on in front of the bucket. As far as the tooth bar on the grapple, I guess it depends on what you are going to use it for. I only have plans to use it to pick up brush and to lift logs to make cutting to length easier.
    I do see where a tooth bar would be very handy for some jobs.

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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Well it is all hooked up and operational. I played with it a little and it seems like it will work good for my jobs. I want to try it with the forks next, but i am not sure how much I will be able to lift it feels pretty heavy now??????
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    Default Re: BX loader bucket grapple

    Harley,

    You make nicer BX stuff than kubota does.

    KB

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