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    Default Grapple work casualty

    Love my new grapple, but never saw the short but strong little limb that was protruding out of the tree. Backed right into it. Any ideas on how to straighten the fender some..not necessarily professionally, but get most of the crease out? Grapple work.......gunna happen.
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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceIP View Post
    Love my new grapple, but never saw the short but strong little limb that was protruding out of the tree. Backed right into it. Any ideas on how to straighten the fender some..not necessarily professionally, but get most of the crease out? Grapple work.......gunna happen.
    Why not take it off and take it to a body shop. I bet it would not be that much to fix, and probably way cheaper than a new one. Unless you know how to straighten metal yourself, the end results are not going to look better than they do now, if not worse. Since it is not critical to the operation of the tractor, obviously you want it fixed for cosmetic/owner pride reasons. I would have it fixed.

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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    Beat the crease ! ... use a hammer and dolly. or a claw hammer and chunk of metal as back-up. I've used make-shift tools on a fender that was damaged by a tire blowout.



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    End result of claw hammer and chunk of steel



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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    I have a sneaking suspicion that I would make it worse. I am no co-located with the tractor right now. Are the fenders a pain to get off, or pretty easy?

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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceIP View Post
    Love my new grapple, but never saw the short but strong little limb that was protruding out of the tree. Backed right into it. Any ideas on how to straighten the fender some..not necessarily professionally, but get most of the crease out? Grapple work.......gunna happen.
    In any case, good looking grapple. what is it? Weight? $$?

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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    Get some JD Green paint. Spray a couple of streaks on it. When asked about it just answer----You should see the plastic on the other guys fender.

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    That's why I did not opt for an expensive to repair plastic/glass cab......

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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    I do not know if you have a paintless dent repair specialist around. They often come right to your house and can make those repairs. We are fortunate to have one in western Ohio, maybe there is one in your area.

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    Gee, I also own and operate LaWall's Collision.
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    Default Re: Grapple work casualty

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Horse View Post
    In any case, good looking grapple. what is it? Weight? $$?
    Armstrong Ag 64-9 (64 inch, 9 down tines). Weighs in at roughly 750#. Perfect fit for my 3500 lb front end capacity. It's a real beast. Only shortcoming I found was that it operated reaalllllyyy slow when opening the bite. I experimented a little bit and found that an occasional actuation of the 3-pt lift would result in quick opening of the bite. Leads me to believe there is some air/back pressure building up that has to be relieved. Other that that...wow! Cost me $1495 plus hoses with me picking it up at Armstrong in Brenham, Tx.

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