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    Grapple Question

    Looking to purchase a new or used grapple for my 3039r. If anyone has one let me know. I'm considering a Frontier 60" root grapple, an Artillian grapple along with Anything Attachments grapple. Any strong opinions from users one over the others?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcarey View Post
    Looking to purchase a new or used grapple for my 3039r. If anyone has one let me know. I'm considering a Frontier 60" root grapple, an Artillian grapple along with Anything Attachments grapple. Any strong opinions from users one over the others?
    Thanks much.
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    In my opinion you can get more bang for your dollar with other brands. Not to say there is anything wrong with the frontier but in general I believe your paying for other manufacturers equipment painted green and a Frontier sticker slapped on it.

    As far as the grapple itself, they are awesome. I'm somewhat young and blessed to be in decent health so could do a lot of the work by hand that I use the grapple for but screw that, I have a grapple. They really are nice attachments regardless of what brand you end up choosing. I use mine mostly for brush/tree work but still often use pallet forks for moving piles of brush, they are quicker to put on the loader for the smaller jobs.
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    Have only had one so can't compare with the others but so far have been very impressed with the EA 55" root rake grapple on my 3320. I looked at the Frontier and didn't like the wide spacing of the tines, the weight or the high price.
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    I went with the EA as well. Weight and strength were the factors I made my decision upon. FEL lift capacity is an issue with a 1-series. The EA utilizes a high grade of steel and they cut holes in much of the ribs. This doesn't impact strength, but sure lightens it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    I went with the EA as well. Weight and strength were the factors I made my decision upon. FEL lift capacity is an issue with a 1-series. The EA utilizes a high grade of steel and they cut holes in much of the ribs. This doesn't impact strength, but sure lightens it up.
    The Artillian uses the same AR400 steel. However they use thicker 3/8 steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Tim View Post
    The Artillian uses the same AR400 steel. However they use thicker 3/8 steel.

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    Artillian is also strategically designed with slots and holes to lighten and strengthen it further, it’s also the only modular (that I know of) grapple on the market. It’s adjustable lid (2 positions) for grip strength vs opening height and comes with hoses and fittings to match their diverter to potentially save some $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcarey View Post
    Looking to purchase a new or used grapple for my 3039r. If anyone has one let me know. I'm considering a Frontier 60" root grapple, an Artillian grapple along with Anything Attachments grapple. Any strong opinions from users one over the others?
    Thanks much.
    B Carey
    I have the EA 55” Wicked Root Rake Grapple. It’s awesome. Check out my videos on YouTube of the grapple in use on my 2038R. Simply amazing!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCR2u_u0hk4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAVl9be0y7Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URe8E7mBSmc

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    I have the CTA grapple. On my 1025 it's under 200lbs and I like the shape of it. The EA have more of a vertical design and the CTA has more of a bottom shelf with a top to it. It was right at 1300$ and had it in less than a week.
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    I have the Artillian grapple on a 3039R.

    It was purchased for my previous tractor and I specifically went with the Artillian model due to weight and flexability.

    The full grapple is composed of 3 sections that can be configured as you wish. I have to open beds and a grapple in the center. Others use two grapples with an open bed in the middle.

    I bolted the three together, however they do not need to be bolted and can be attached individually with a small opening between them. The intent for this to allow you to block trees for firewood.

    If you also want pallet forks, the Artillian system uses the same frame to attach forks or grapple. If you switch them often, separate implements might be worth it. 90% of the time I use the grapple so switching stuff on the frame isn't an issue for me.

    Both the Artillian and the EA grapple are good units. You won't go wrong with either.

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    I have an Artillian grapple on my 3025E. Your R can lift quite a bit more so I really wouldn't consider the weight of a particular grapple a limiting factor. While I love my Artillian Grapple, it is not without some frustration. The keys they use to lock in the modular pieces are frustrating at times. Between the 2210 I had and the 3E I have now, I probably have close to 100 hours on that grapple. Over that period of time, I had to replace the electrical switch for the diverter valve (when I went to the 3e I went with a WR Long 3rd function valve set up, I like it much better), I had to replace several keys because they broke due to poor welds, and I have I had to replace the cylinder on the jaw because the internal seal failed. I use my grapple mostly to move logs in my woods and to reduce the debris pile left over from clearing a couple of acres of land. So it gets some hard use and is probably at the harder end of the scale than most Artillian grapple owners on here. Safe to say the grapple is not babied and there isn't a lot of powder coating left on the grapple teeth!


    I think the Artillian is a good set up for a 1 series and while it fits on the a 3 series just fine, I am wondering if that is really the best grapple for that size of tractor because the hydraulics are more powerful, the tractor is bigger and the grapple is designed for something smaller. To me it is aimed squarely at the 1 and 2 series tractors where it is hard to find a light weight grapple.

    It has been a great tool for me, and I continue to use it frequently but the keys frustrate me. Even the new ones I have installed will work themselves out and I will have the root rake fall off every now and then. I agree with the artillian that since it is modular you can mount other attachments on it, I bought a separate frame for my forks/hoe bucket. To me the grapple pieces are a bit to bulky/heavy for me to take on/off all the time. I like to just roll up to the grapple and hook it up and go.

    I do recommend you get a grapple because a tool for working your land, it has few equals. It is just a really versatile tool for a land owner.
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