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I haven't looked at all of the grapples out there but I'd guess the CTAttcahments 50" is right in the ballpark as far as cost goes ($1500 + shipping) and it comes in at a very light (~195 lbs).

The Everything Attachments 50" grapple costs slightly more ($1581 + $50 for the JDQA) but they offer free shipping if you are within 1000 miles of them. Their unit is about 260 lbs.

I'm only familiar with the Artillian diverter as far as the needed hydraulics goes and that's right at $700. There may be cheaper options but all you need is a diverter setup.
 

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:munch: following as I’d love to get one
 

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$1,140 - Titan 48" Grapple Bucket Attachment for John Deere 200 300 400 500 Loaders Amazon.com: Titan 48 Grapple Bucket Attachment for John Deere 200 300 400 500 Loaders: Home Improvement

$837 - 3rd function auxiliary hydraulic kits for all brands of tractors and loaders

I believe that is the cheapest way to go.


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The quoted weight of that Titan grapple is 450 pounds, that’s twice what others weigh in at. Having a grapple that’s more than half of the rated lifting capacity is not a good match.
 

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The quoted weight of that Titan grapple is 450 pounds, that’s twice what others weigh in at. Having a grapple that’s more than half of the rated lifting capacity is not a good match.
OP mentioned cheap and lightweight, don’t think you can have both, worth mentioning the most economical one. Also, just noticed how heavy that grapple is. Must be some junk steel.

You get what you pay for.




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Just got a 55" Everything Attachments Grapple. Thing is a beast! You get what you pay for... IMO after all of my research, it was worth it. This thing will last a very long time. And it's made in North Carolina, not overseas. If you buy the grapple with the 3rd function kit, you do get a $50 discount.
 

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If offered, I would prefer a 3rd function valve to a diverter, just my 2 cents.
 

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If you have a Quick Hitch with an angling cylinder I can confidently recommend the Innovative Tractor Attachments grapple at $529. I used it on my 425 for years and have since moved it to my 1025R and I have to say it's the most useful attachment I've ever owned. Amazing how much you can lift and move around with it.

The owner of the company is a guy named Marcus and his stuff is great quality - made in the U.S.

A bunch of the pictures on his site are from my 425 as I was one of the first JD adopters. I like the one of the boulder myself - when I went for it I didn't think it possible to actually lift it but it was no problem.

 

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If offered, I would prefer a 3rd function valve to a diverter, just my 2 cents.

For a larger tractor, maybe, but for the little guys with a small amount of hydraulic flow diverters are better options, they also fit better since real estate is so limited.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, it looks like a decent lightweight grapple and the hydraulic accessories will be between 24 and $2800. Pricey! What do you guys think of the brush crusher 4200? It needs no hydraulic modifications. It’s $1800 to my door.
 

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Have a link to these items so we can be sure we’re looking at the same thing you are to help answer your questions?
 

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They may have updated them, but they had a history of twisting loaders if the load got uneven. Here is a thread on them:

Westendorf BC-4200 grapple

For the money difference, I'd sure rather have a real QA grapple.
 

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I will soon have the frontier grapple AV20F for 1350.00. I am coupling this with the Artillian diverter kit for 700.00. Installation will be done by me as it's pretty simple really. So for 2150.00 I'll have a grapple that is light weight and made just for the 1 series scut. I wish that I had it 2 weeks ago but I'll have it soon.
 

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I will soon have the frontier grapple AV20F for 1350.00. I am coupling this with the Artillian diverter kit for 700.00. Installation will be done by me as it's pretty simple really. So for 2150.00 I'll have a grapple that is light weight and made just for the 1 series scut. I wish that I had it 2 weeks ago but I'll have it soon.
do you know where I buy the frontier for that price?
 

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For the Innovative Tractor Attachments grapple love the price but I want grapple on the loader I would have to take my loader off for this right?
yes, loader has to come off. I leave my QH attached to the grapple so the changeover is only about 5 minutes. btw, weight of the grapple is only about 60lbs.
 

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I will soon have the frontier grapple AV20F for 1350.00. I am coupling this with the Artillian diverter kit for 700.00. Installation will be done by me as it's pretty simple really. So for 2150.00 I'll have a grapple that is light weight and made just for the 1 series scut. I wish that I had it 2 weeks ago but I'll have it soon.
Nice to see Deere come out with a lightweight grapple!

John Deere also introduced the 160-pound (72.57 kg) Frontier AV20F Root Grapple equipped with upper and lower grapple tines for debris cleanup, brush removal or moving large logs or rocks. The 53-inch (134.62 cm) wide root grapple features multiple 6- and 8-inch (15.24 and 20.32 cm) grapple tines, a protected single hydraulic cylinder and a 30-inch (76.2 cm) jaw opening to efficiently capture and clamp tightly around material.
 
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