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    add a grapple to stock bucket.

    anyone add a grapple to your bucket? how is it holding up? i dont want to swop attachments just to pick up some brush or to hold something into my bucket.
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    I have added “the Thumb” to my stock bucket, is holding up fine after about 1 year. It works good but is a compromise to having bucket and a grapple. I did have supports welded in the top part of the bucket to stiffen the upper part where grapple is attached.Click image for larger version. 

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    I also added a Thumb to my bucket. Works great! I'll try to remember to post some pics when I am at my computer.

    Is it as good as a regular grapple? Maybe not but I haven't found myself wishing very often that I had a regular grapple. This serves its purpose and is one less implement in my yard.

    Keep in mind that you will still need to install a diverter valve to control it, unless you want to run hoses from any rear ports you may have.

    You will find that the diverter opens up the possibilities of other implements. I have a hydraulic angle snow plow and a tree puller controlled by my diverter. Check out Artillian or contact KennyD for some nice diverter valve options.

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    There was an article in the "Farm Show" that dad gets where someone put grapple forks on his compact just like the "big" tractors have.
    Started with electric actuators, then eventually went hydro.

    Can't remember if they were being manufactured or not... I'll have to search.
    They did add about 100 lbs to the weight of the bucket though...
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    A couple of pics of mine...

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    The mounting bracket is a couple of flat pieces with a piece of 2x3 (or maybe 2x4) rectangular steel tubing.

    I made sure that the mounting wouldn't interfere with my KEN'S BOLT ON GRAB HOOKS.
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    Mark, a few thoughts
    1. I think under the skin our tractors are twins
    2. I like the way you mounted yours, think by lifting it off bucket gives you a better result, and your grapple size is larger than mine.
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    Found it!

    2018 - Volume #42, Issue #5, Page #38
    [ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]


    Add-On Grapple Fork For Deere Compact Tractors



    “My new add-on grapple fork is designed to bolt onto the quick-tach bucket on Deere compact or subcompact tractors, no matter the width of the bucket. It’s easy to install, and there are no hydraulic hoses or quick couplers to mess with,” says inventor Alvin Klassen, Delisle, Sask.
    His Viperbite Grapple measures 48 in. wide and comes as a complete do-it-yourself kit. It weighs about 100 lbs. The grapple is operated by a Parker electro-hydraulic actuator and the kit includes a wiring harness, a reversing solenoid, and a weather proof toggle switch that mounts on the tractor’s joy-stick lever. For compact tractors with a hydraulic outlet, another kit is available that comes with a hydraulic cylinder.
    The grapple fork comes with a specially formed main frame that snaps over the top of the bucket, then goes around the back. Installation requires removing the bucket and clamping the fork in place, then drilling four 3/8-in. dia. holes into the back side of the bucket and bolting the grapple on. The actuator or cylinder attaches to a bracket with 2 pins.
    “It’s easy to take on and off and is built rugged. I’ve used it on my Deere 1023E tractor to handle everything from tree limbs and brush to big railroad ties, and even a 30-ft. long power pole,” says Klassen. The grapple fork measures 48 in. wide and will fit buckets from 52 to 72 in. wide. “Even if there’s 1 ft. of empty space on each side of the grapple, it’ll still pick up anything you want it to,” says Klassen.
    The kit with an electro-hydraulic actuator sells for $2,145 plus S&H which includes all parts and wiring harness. A kit with a hydraulic cylinder sells for $1,645 plus S&H.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alvin Klassen, Crown Fabricating, P.O. Box 38, RR1, Delisle, Sask. Canada S0L 0P0 (ph 306 493-7153; [email protected]; VIPERBITE GRAPPLESViperbite).

    ETA - It's a Canadian company, so I'm thinking the prices are Canadian??
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    A couple of pics of mine...

    The mounting bracket is a couple of flat pieces with a piece of 2x3 (or maybe 2x4) rectangular steel tubing.

    I made sure that the mounting wouldn't interfere with my KEN'S BOLT ON GRAB HOOKS.
    I assume you need the 3rd SCV and a diverter kit ??? Who makes the unit you installed and where did you buy it from . ?

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    THANKS, fdmars!

    Here's the simple truth on why I designed the mount the way I did... I ain't smart enough to figure out how long of a thumb that I wanted to buy! And, I had already mounted my KBOGH hooks and didn't want to move them.

    I measured up the steel for the mount and had someone else weld it up for me. I also pre-drilled the holes in the side plates. When it came time to mount it, I got it situated as best I could to get the angle of the Thumb where I wanted it and then drilled one hole on each side. A bolt through those holes and then I fine-tuned the angle and where I wanted it to close. If I were smarter I could have used a little geometry and figured it out that way.

    All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. I have learned to not push against something with the Thumb when it's fully retracted. I have had the Thumb actually come past where it should and then it's stuck in the up position. I've had to remove the mounting pins and then move it back where it's supposed to be.

    I've thought about having a mount fabbed up that would let me mount the Thumb on my Artillian fork frame and use it in conjunction with the forks for picking up brush. But, by the time I did all of that, I'm probably money ahead to just buy a single unit from Artillian and use the forks along with that.

    If the OP signs back on here to check responses, hopefully he'll find all of this helpful. (NOTE: I used the "Big Thumb" emoji in keeping with the thread topic. )
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    It only takes me maybe five or ten minutes at the most to change attachments, usually my grapple lives on the loader arms unless I need to move dirt.
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