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I was finally able to get some seat time on the grapple. I will say this thing is built heavily. The Artillian diverter valve and switch worked flawlessly. I did switch the front hoses on the grapple as I was more comfortable pushing the curl lever out to close the grapple. Using the switch function with the curl function does take some getting use to. After dumping several loads in my learning curve I was able to actually start using it.

I was able to move a large pile of wood in a very short time that normally would have taking me about all day using the forks, not to mention ho many times I would have to get on and off the tractor. Picking up large tree logs was about the easiest I have ever done it.

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As you see here it can pick up good size logs. Tilting and grabbing logs took some getting use to, I think this would be with any grapple, once you get it you get it. I do wish the grapple closed a bit tighter, sometimes small branches can be a hassle, if there are several it works great.


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The whole unit is very tight and the welds look great. I like the fact that CTA put zirk fittings on the moving parts. I was not happy the unit did not come with hoses or fittings on the Hyd. Cylinder. I guess they do that due to the many fittings and hose lengths it takes for the different tractors. I was fortunate to have several hyd. hoses from other items I have purchased, all I had to purchase was the cylinder fittings to the hoses. I guess if you purchase the Artillian diverter valve you would have two extra hoses as I did and use them. They will be extra long but they will work. I can see down the road where I may have to build a small screen in the back to prevent brush from jabbing the tractor grill.


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Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. My only regret so far is wishing I had this thing earlier, but I can assure you it will get much use. I chose the CTA based on the fact that I have a lot of brush to clear from the farm. I also will be using it to pick up my logs for firewood, this alone will be an advantage as I am not getting any younger. So if a grapple is in your plans put the CTA grapple in your items to research. I suggest you figure out what your usage will be and that answer alone will narrow down your search. I had mine narrowed down to two, the Artillian and the CTA. I just did not like the three sections of grapple on the Artillian, while I do see a use for them, just not what I wanted to do.

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SWEEEEEEEEET!

IMO a grapple is the most versatile and useful attachment you can put on a FEL. For my uses anyway. Since I built mine in 2014 I've managed to clear several acres of land and almost wore ALL the paint off of it. You have made a very good decision in buying a grapple.
 

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Great post.

I did a ton of research and decided on the CTA and have LOVED it. My diverter had already been installed with quick connects mounted on the loader arm, so I had to find the right fitting for the grapple end.

CTA told me the size/type fitting to get and it was wrong. I informed them and they offered to pay for the fitting. However, because I was unsure, I took the grapple straight from the loading dock where I picked it up to a hydraulics shop. So, in the end, I did not buy the wrong fitting. I did think it was nice that they wanted to reimburse me.

Yes, the grapple is the most versatile attachment I have (of bucket, forks, and grapple).

I think the CTA is the lightest grapple you can get. That is why I chose it.
 

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I knew you would be happy with it. I like mine and I also have their 60" blade on my 1025R. They are just coming out with a FEL mounted blade I am thinking on putting it on my 2038 when it arrives.
 

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That's a sweet looking grapple! Congrats:bigthumb:
 

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I just ordered the CTA grapple for my 1025r, dont suppose you could tell me what you ended up buying hose and fittings wise so I can gather it all up before the grapple arrives?
 

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I have a CTA grapple also.
Its on my tractor about 90% of the time.

Most used implement for me.
Moving logs, rocks and other odds and ends using straps.

You won't need hooks with the grapple, lots of places to attach a sling or chain.

For awhile I had 1/2 rods that I put thru the holes on the lower jaw of the grapple for smaller rocks.
My rock moving is not what it used to be, so I pulled them out last fall.
 

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I purchased a CTA grapple about a 6 weeks ago for my 1025r. I want to endorse how well built this thing is. Super heavy duty. I have moved logs from the 40+ trees I have cut in the past couple of years and have had no problems. When coupled with the 3rd hydraulic, the grapple allows you to grab and lift items vertically - you do not have to "scoop" items to lift. I recently picked up a old snowmobile and old steel plow frames from the top (vertically) that were pilled in the woods and dropped them in the dump trailer. Jeff is a good guy and I am a satisfied client.

I also purchased a 66" CTA plow which I will use this winter.
 
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