If you zoom in and look close, you can see the "hooks" in some pictures here at this link: Everything Attachments Compact Utility Root Grapple 50"Wish we could see a picture. Guess I'll find out soon enough.
Would really like to see some pics!I emailed EA with my concerns. I have not heard anything back. I guess it is a holiday weekend for some folks. I will beef this up myself with or without the manufacturers help. I did get the grapple plumbed up tonight. It was dark when I got it working. I went out and did some testing with the tractor lights. I could pickup a concrete block with ease. I even picked up one of the dogs old toys i found in the yard. I wonder what the force of the jaw is. Its quite a lot, you would not want a body part pinched in there. With the exception of the mounting system I think this is a great tool. Sunday I will take it over to the new property and give it a good workout. I have the BB on the tractor and full of crushed limestone. Between the grapple, the bucket, and my 42" forks I should be able to sort and move a lot of material with the Mighty Mouse.
You will never bend just one hook, that'd be nearly impossible unless it's not mounted properly. It may be possible to bend both on one side, but IMO they will never bend. I'd be more concerned about wear. You may not think they are prone to wear because they don't move, but there's enough movement there to wear them out. The full width factory hooks on my 400CX bucket are severely worn in less than 600 hours. Not bent, but worn out.I'm not an engineer, but I would think that "full coverage" would be better. If one of those attachment points bends, then you could be down to the weight being on just three points instead of four. Again, it's one of those things where they're saving a few bucks in order to lower the price.