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    Root grapple vs rake grapple

    Iím looking for a single lid grapple for a 2025r with the 120r loader. The rake grapple seems lighter and has a larger lid. But whats main difference in them and whatís advantage of one or other? Iíve never used one but look like they would be extremely handy. Iíd mainly use one for moving brush and possibly taking out small shrubs


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    Root grapple vs rake grapple

    Quote Originally Posted by Wvdeere View Post
    Iím looking for a single lid grapple for a 2025r with the 120r loader. The rake grapple seems lighter and has a larger lid. But whats main difference in them and whatís advantage of one or other? Iíve never used one but look like they would be extremely handy. Iíd mainly use one for moving brush and possibly taking out small shrubs


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    Short answer is that you will love either. I’ve never seen otherwise.

    The rake grapple (clam) is a bit better for raking through the ground (clearing roots/vines/grass). The tines are closer to the mounting point and so are easier to drive steadily through the ground at a given depth. It also opens further for a bit easier time grabbing large piles of brush since it opens really wide. Lastly, the way the lid is mounted you can drag with most of them without overstressing the hydraulics. They are also othen a bit lighter.

    The root grapple (L style) can hold loose things better. The main way you can hold stuff with the rake grapple is with pressure from the lid. This makes it harder to grab 5 logs, firewood, or a bunch of rocks. The root style has a “bottom” and you can carry/lift/place stuff using that. You can also “pop” things out of the ground more easily, since you can lever the tines up.

    I’ll summarize by saying the root style is a bit more of a generalist, and the rake grapple is a bit better specifically for clearing brush (at a bit of a cost in other areas). You can look at them both on EA’s site and with their videos you’ll see this generally proving out and you’ll see both in action. They also have a nice lightweight root style that makes the weight difference negligable.

    I went with the root style, and it’s true then when I am spending a whole day or two on brush piles I wish I had the rake just a bit. The root does it fine, but I can tell that a little wider opening would be lovely... Then I grab a pile of rocks or carry 3 stumps at once and don’t regret my choice. =) This gets back to point #1, you will be super happy either way. I absolutely love mine.
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    Like HunterWare said any grapple is nice to have. I prefer the two independent grapples for brush. They work better carrying unequal loads. I don't have a picture of my grapple handy but this is identical to mine that I use on my skid steer. Click image for larger version.†

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    CTAttachments makes one too, and Ive been looking at it and the Everything Attachments Wicked Root Rake Grapple.

    Ive not made up my mind yet, but those two are about the only ones in consideration for me. They weigh considerably less than most others (200# + -), and that can be big deal on these tractors, well, depending on how big a tractor you plan to put it on.
    Its also somewhat dependent on your plans for your grapple. If you are just using it for brush, it might not be that big a concern. Moving hardwood logs, it starts to matter.
    Most of the L shaped grapples weigh at least 300#.

    Since Im still learning about all this stuff, I tend to follow all these grapple threads.
    One day, sooner rather than later I hope, I wont need to because Ill have my own.
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    I will use it to move the occasional tree but mostly brush and shrubs. I like the EA products. Especially the weight. I think I like how the rake grapple closes smaller. Unless you grab with the tip of the root grapple your kind of scooping. Wish there was a medium where you had some surface to curl a load onto but not as long as the root grapple. And where it would close tighter like the rake grapple so you could carry smaller material and it still clamp down.


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    I have the "root" style. You can not easily slid under things to pick them up. For brush, I push until the pile looks big enough, use the "dump" function of the loader to "roll" the grapple lid over the pile then close the lid. You can pick up a lot of brush this way.
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    I use my EA 55" rake like a mini bulldozer for clearing or building trails in the woods. It easily digs into the soil and rips out most of the brush in a few passes and can also move a fair amount of dirt going forward or backwards for leveling. Its very compact which is plus for working in tight spots like the woods.
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