Iíve been doing some brush/tree work now that itís a nice temperature for working outside. Iíd like a grapple but Iím not ready to pay that much. $2500 min it seems for one and a diverter. Then I saw this thumb The Thumb. It seems like quite a deal. Iíd still need a diverter, but that would bring it down to the $1500 range and so easier to stomach. I also like that Iíd basically always have the thumb attached instead of having to swap between the bucket and a grapple. However I am concerned with the amount of force this will put on the top of the bucket. I could get the thick plate on the top of the thumb extended at my familyís metal shop and maybe add a second one inside the bucket for strength. What do yíall think of doing this? I have the standard 53Ē? materials bucket on the 220r loader on my 2038r. I do have a set of Arterian forks so that does provide the base for their grapple but itís still like $1500 for the grapple conversion and Iíd want a few upgrades like the stuff to prevent things from poking through the back plate. Then a $800+ diverter.
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