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    Best Grapple for 1023e

    We got a ton of storm damage from 2 nor-esters over the last week here in CT. Yes two storms in 7 days. It was terrible. The second one did a fair amount of tree damage. I do have an inexpensive tree-guy (one man show) who can help me with the more dangerous removals, but he does not remove the materials. I usually get a dumpster and load it with my tractor bucket. This time it's more brush and not logs. Plus, I think this would be a good opportunity to do some overall cleanup of my wooded areas this spring.

    How does the grapple work with a tractor with only 2 valves? Can I get a grapple hooked up to my loader wand to just raise and lower the arms and open/close the grapple? How does this get setup? Not looking to spend a ton of money as that would negate the economic benefit of buying this tool over hiring pros to do this job.

    Would appreciate someone laying out my options. Thank you!

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    You would need a 3rd function kit/deverter kit and lots of choices out there for grapples but I would keep the weight of it on my priority list.
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    Going to do the same thing on the ex3200... the cheapest I have found so far is adding “the thumb” google it,
    To existing bucket, then add extra hydraulic controls, all said and done with you doing the install you are talking around 1K
    You are in Ct wonder if we could get a buy one get one deal
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    Then we could put on together......
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    Yes FDmars I'm listening LOL....where are the pics of your diverter and thumb project HHHHMMMMM?????


    The Artillian and the small ones from Everything Attachments will be the lightest "full" grapples, both will be the quickest to get setup and running whereas the "thumb" mentioned will required bucket modifications to support it,
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    I went with the artillian diverter for the H120 and the CTA grapple. I went with it because it weights 180LBS. very happy with it. setup ran around 1900$
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    While grapples are great they aren’t a neccessity. I recently cleaned up a 70’ pine tree using my forks. Yeah - a little manual labor involved with cutting the limbs to length and stackimg them on the forks but a heck of a lot cheaper than a grapple and the hydraulics involved.

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    Forks might be more economical. But, I would love to accomplish more tasks for a longer period of time without the manual labor added in.

    Are there any grapples that do not require the 3rd function? I would like to avoid that expense. How much is that portion in addition to the grapple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIS Sailor View Post
    Forks might be more economical. But, I would love to accomplish more tasks for a longer period of time without the manual labor added in.

    Are there any grapples that do not require the 3rd function? I would like to avoid that expense. How much is that portion in addition to the grapple?
    That’s just my point - you want to avoid the expense of the hydraulics.

    Artillians hydraulic kit (top notch) is around $675. You can’t avoid it if you want a grapple.
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    OK Thank you for clarification.

    Maybe I'll just make due with forks for 10% of the cost.

    Any recs on a good pin-on fork set? Or should I go with bucket forks?

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    That’s what Coal is trying to say. Grapples are nice, but grapples are exspensive. How much will you use it after this storm mess is cleaned up? They are handy if you have enough work to justify the cost.
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