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    Rock catcher

    Today I finally put some grid wire on my grapple, idea is to catch the smaller rocks that I have in a pile after using box blade. If it works I think I'll replace it with heavier wire and tack weld it in. Any thoughts or has anyone else done this
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    Go to your local sand and gravel pit and see if they have any used shaker screens you can have. They are typically 4 foot by 4foot. They may have multiple sizes like to choose from that are heavy duty you could cut with angle grinder or a torch and then you could weld in place if you choose to have it permanent. It would hold up better than the smaller gauge wire you are using. Just my 2 cents.
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    My 2 cents is that you may find that to be TOO fine. If you hqd a way to add "panels" in incremements, it might be more efficient. Unless your soil.is already loose and pulverized you may pick up more than you want with that rig. On the other hand, if you can pulverize it by backblading and you dont have a lot of sod or chunks of soil left itll be a great idea. Please keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiwire View Post
    My 2 cents is that you may find that to be TOO fine. If you hqd a way to add "panels" in incremements, it might be more efficient. Unless your soil.is already loose and pulverized you may pick up more than you want with that rig. On the other hand, if you can pulverize it by backblading and you dont have a lot of sod or chunks of soil left itll be a great idea. Please keep us posted.
    I see your point, probably need like a 4x4 grid
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    my grapple has 1/2 dia holes in the bars of the lower jaw.
    I put 1/2 steel bars in the holes and used a collar to hold them in place.
    The spacing between the holes was about 4-6" I'd guess.
    I used it for exactly what your looking at doing.

    Worked pretty good, after awhile a couple of the bars ended getting bent.
    I have since pulled the 1/2 bars as I don't see much use for moving rocks in the future.

    Looks like there are small holes in your lower jaw.
    Maybe you could open them up and use steel rod in it?
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    That is going to last at least 5 seconds .
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin37b View Post
    That is going to last at least 5 seconds .
    Thats for sure.

    the 1/2 steel rods in mine ended up getting bent. If you can bend it with your hands it ain't gonna last long with rocks.
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    Why not just use the Bucket?
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    I would weld up a Hog Fence Panel 1/4" thick rods into a frame and bolt it into the lower jaw to catch rocks but not weld it in place. You could weld on a few real thick tabs 3/4-1" and drill and tap them for Grade #8 - 3/8" bolts. That way they will hold up better when the rock catcher is off. Leave bolts in the threaded holes to protect them better when the rock catcher is off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klunker View Post
    Why not just use the Bucket?
    keep falling out
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