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    Broken Grapple Locking Keys

    Frustrated with now two broken Artillian Grapple locking keys. I am working with Peter at Curtis to get replacements, but curious why this is happening. The keys are two part and look to be spot welded. On both broken keys the inserts have fallen out. Wondering if this is going to be an ongoing problem or am I the only one having this issue. Appreciate any feedback. Thanks. Greg
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    I'm totally in the dark about this, so I don't know. Just wondering if this is the same locking key as on the front-hoe bucket? I'm wondering if a linchpin or modified linchpin work for this?
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    Can you post any photos of the broken keys?
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    2012 2720 -- 200CX Loader -- 54" Quick Attach Snow Blower -- Frontier LR5060 Rake -- Land Pride RB1660 Blade (Hydraulic Angle) -- Artillian 42" Forks -- Ken's Bolt on Grab Hooks -- Fit Rite Hydraulic top-link -- 2013 X500 for mowing duties

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    Yes. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post.
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    On a completely unrelated note, I noticed your "ROPS Warning Flag" in your signature. Brilliant! So simple! I ordered my "Remove Before Flight" streamer from Amazon, and should see it by Thursday.
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    Troutgeek, thanks. I remember reading about people running into the garage and I was afraid I would as well. I did I thread under the safety section showing how I hang the flag on the garage. I would add the link, but not sure how.
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    I will take a pic of mine but you can see the gold colored key in this pic.

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    Here are a couple pics on the keys and one of the broken ones. In my opinion the tack welds simply broke, but I am not an expert in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gebada22 View Post
    Here are a couple pics on the keys and one of the broken ones. In my opinion the tack welds simply broke, but I am not an expert in the area.

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    That's what it looks like to me. I'd weld it back together and call it a day.
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    I think I might try and strengthen the welds on the remaining ones. I lost the missing pieces, but can just replace them. Thanks for the note. I am guessing I will not be the last person this happens to.
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