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    50" Wicked Root Grapple reviews

    Does anyone have any experience with the new 50" Wicked Root Grapple from EA? Quality/fit/finish etc. Looks like the perfect size for my 2520.
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    This is the one the guys on here told me did not exsist 3 weeks ago. I ordered one for my 2520 should be here next week. I have mountians of trash and blown down trees and brush to deal with over the next few months. I plan to spend 20 25 hrs a week over the next few months cleaning up a property I just bought. I will post my review when I get it and after I have used it a little.

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    Cool

    Same here. A lot of trees blown down from the past winter, brush, thorns, etc. I put a mechanical thumb on my little Kubota excavator to pluck out nasty thorn bushes, but need something to cart them away with. Can't wait to see the grapple on my 2520. Maybe a little green paint on it too.
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    justgrn, I ordered mine last week. Let me know how you like it.
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    Mine arrived yesterday. Its sitting on my freinds dock waiting for me to pick it up. I was going to load the tractor and take the whole rig to the hydro shop right away. When I went to load the tractor one of my trailer tires was flat. The tire had some
    bald spots on it like the brake was locking up. I guess I will get the grapple and measure for the hoses and make a few trips. The hydro shop is about 20 miles away. Now I need to get some new tires and a brake controller too I guess. I have about 4 properties that I am working on all about 2-3 miles apart. I need to be able to haul the rig around. Its the main reason I bought the 2520 in stead of a 3x20.
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    I picked up my 50" grapple yesterday. Its mounted on the loader now. I still have to plumb the lid cylinder. The fit and finish looks great. The welding is excellent IMO and I am a certified welder. There is a little splatter but this is an implement not a car fender. Everything lines up and is square. The lid pin is greasable in 2 spots. The tie rod cylinder ends are greasable. I have one major concern. Where the top mounts to the loader arms both my bucket and fork rack have a bent plate making conntact with the full width of the loader arm bracket. The grapple has just 2 3/8 plate mounted vertical on each side. What this means is all the weight of the grapple and load ride on those 4 3/8 points vs the full aprox 4" width per side like the other attachments. I know picture tells the story, never done a picture. The bottom line all down force is on 1.5 inches of metal vs 8 inches like the other units. I really see this as a problem over time. I know they push the universal mount and they cater to orange machines simply because there are more of them out there. I have seen where you can buy those hooks, I will call them. I am going to contact them with my concern. Really cannot do a fair review without putting this into action. Other than the missing hooks I am a happy camper so far.

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    I've seen several manufacturer's attachments that use hooks like that, I never really liked them either. I've always enjoyed Ted from ETA's videos, but there were a few things he said about that grapple when it was introduced that turned me off. My feeling is that he's a better salesman than an engineer. There's certainly nothing wrong with that, but I expect he'll have a good salesman type answer as to why they used inferior hooks.

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    We would love to see pics.

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    Justgrn, you've got me worried now. Wish we could see a picture. Guess I'll find out soon enough.
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