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    Double Grapple

    I'll be enlisting the grapple soon for a landscaping project as well as to clean up some fallen trees from the winter. I wasn't planning on doing any work yet, but wanted to check my install so I went out to poke around with it a bit. In about 15 mins, I "accidentally" cleared away several of the 6" by 20' trees fallen across some paths, pulled down one that was alive but leaning, then dug up its root ball and pushed that out of the way, broke some of the full length 6" trees in half by pressing them against other trees, and then (finally thought of taking photos), scoured some untamed ground down to clean soil. The ground was leaf covered, peppered with various sized rocks above and below grade, and occupied by dense growth. I just angled the tine tips down a few inches below grade, dropped the loader, stepped on the diff lock, and tortured through it. Once the grapple bed fills up, you just clamp down, lift up, and start a spoil pile. It's a lot like having a backhoe on the front of the tractor.

    The double grapple does a really great job of holding onto loose materials like leaves. It also makes grabbing big round stones a breeze. It was also a little better at handling the fallen trees more confidently.

    The landscaping project will consist of cutting some flat terraces into a hillside. I'll scarify the existing grass with the grapple, then slice it up with the bucket to separate it from the topsoil, which will be reused later.

    The grapple will also be used for creating a stone retaining wall/garden once the land is flat.
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    Hey Chris,

    Get with it and finish the project. I'm putting myself first in line for the "Double Grapple Demo Unit."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Hey Chris,

    Get with it and finish the project. I'm putting myself first in line for the "Double Grapple Demo Unit."

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    Frank
    This old setup consists of two grapples and three rakes to mix and match. After this setup was made and tested out, the design of the tips was changed, and is much better in many ways. This one will likely never change ownership, but I've offered a few local forks owners to borrow it for trying, though they would need a third function.
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    I have discovered my grapple really clears up the forest floor like you showed in your pictures. I have a 3 rake, 1 grapple set up. I can see where a second grapple can come in handy but since I use this on a 2210 I do not think it is worth the extra weight for my situation. I have also moved a lot of logs with it, which my kids get the pleasure of splitting by hand when I cut it up in the firewood lengths

    This has been a great tool for my land, probably the best attachment I have bought yet. I rarely use my bucket any more.
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    Yes, for the majority of applications, a single grapple / twin rake setup is adequate, sometimes preferable. The double does provide twice the crushing/clamping capability, which brings the kind of laughter where you're not quite sure if it's pleasure or nervousness.

    Last year we had a remnant concrete/rebar stairway around the shop, broken into slabs about 12-14" thick, 4+ft wide, about 2'deep. The double grapple snatched and picked that thing up like a Reuben sandwich. And that was before the Fangs existed. Now, the clamping potential is about double with them.
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