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    Grapple please

    That moment when you realize you should have bought a grapple.

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    Everyone should have one. . .

    Spent part of yesterday and today cleaning up downed trees. I have to say, the grapple at least doubled the amount I got done, plus while I was tired at the end of the day it was a manageable tired, not lay down and die tired.

    I don't think I will ever, ever own another tractor with a FEL unless it has a grapple or I already have a tractor with a grapple. Pick up brush, grab logs and move or load them, hold a log for cutting into firewood are all right in the grapple ballpark.

    I'm sure there are better grapples available, like Artillian but even my old resurrected mini skid steer grapple has just been incredibly useful.

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    Anyone buying a tractor, it should be the first thing to add. Everything Attachments “rocks”







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    I like mine.

    What else could dig out a tree by the roots then pick it up and carry it to the brush pile?

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    Love a grapple

    I agree that if you need to move odd sized material like brush, rocks, logs etc. a grapple is just the best thing around. One thing I recently noticed by accident. If you use a diverter valve on the tilt circuit, you have to be aware of the regen function. It really jumped out at me when my brother used my tractor and when he put the grapple back on, the hoses were backwards. I only needed to move one thing and thought I would just work it backwards. Opening the grapple gave me a surprise as it started to open and then slid closed. A second's thought showed that the regen was letting it close by gravity and when I pushed the control all the way over it was ok.

    I've got a relatively small cylinder on my grapple and when it's hooked up correctly, I don't usually notice the issue as gravity close and powered close are pretty much the same. However, I have dropped material because I didn't wait for the grapple to clamp firmly. If I roll the grapple over so the grapple clamping force is horizontal instead of vertical, it's a non issue because I can see the material squash down or move due to the clamp.

    I understand that regen gives a quicker dump action when using the bucket but sometimes I think it causes more trouble than it's worth.

    In any case, if you need to move brush, logs, piles of bulky stuff a grapple is the ticket. They are pricey when you add in the diverter valve, hoses, grapple itself but oh man, they are useful.

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    I bought an Artillian. It has been incredibly useful. It spends at least as much time on the FEL as the bucket. Maybe more. I loaded my response up with a bunch of different pictures just to show how many different uses this thing has. It’s been great for brush, but it is capable of grabbing a bunch of other stuff as well.

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    Nice. Write up.

    I am in the process of trading our 1023E for a new 2038R and I absolutely want a grapple for the 2038R.
    I am a bit torn here on what is the best way to go about controlling the grapple.

    The dealer can add the 3rd hydraulic service to the 2038R for about what I am seeing pricing for the Artillian diverter kits.
    So I am not sure why so many guys seem to be going the Artillian route vs the JD 3rd service. Granted the 3rd service ports are on the rear, doesn't look that difficult to route up to the front with some hoses and hose clamps and zip ties.

    Has anyone tried using a grapple with both options. Any thoughts on which one is best. Cost seems to be about the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamT. View Post
    I bought an Artillian. It has been incredibly useful. It spends at least as much time on the FEL as the bucket. Maybe more. I loaded my response up with a bunch of different pictures just to show how many different uses this thing has. It’s been great for brush, but it is capable of grabbing a bunch of other stuff as well.
    Great examples!
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    My needs are such that I doubt that I'd need/want a full grapple, cool as they are. I'm kind of looking around at potentially adding a thumb to the frame of my current forks, at less than 1/4 the price. I'd have to add in the price for some level of fabrication, but I have some very talented fabrication places around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    My needs are such that I doubt that I'd need/want a full grapple, cool as they are. I'm kind of looking around at potentially adding a thumb to the frame of my current forks, at less than 1/4 the price. I'd have to add in the price for some level of fabrication, but I have some very talented fabrication places around here.

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    I'm intrigued by this concept....



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