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Are you using a solenoid controlled diverter to control the hydraulics?
 

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Are you using a solenoid controlled diverter to control the hydraulics?
I am working on developing my own kit as we speak. Everything is so darn expensive, I am hoping to be able to offer these grapples, plus a few other variations, and diverter kits for much less than others. But we will see what I can get them down to if I build in qty.
 

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NICE!! I've got plans for something similar, but I'm going to use my "Greens Machine Thumb" instead of trying to build my own "jaw". I don't have the skills for that.

Can you post a pic or two of the jaw open? I'm curious to see how far it opens.

Is that an Artillian fork frame? If you're planning on offering them for sale, you might need to check with Chris to see if any of the mounting system you're using is covered under any patents.
 

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Good looking outfit !
I also would really like to see the jaw opened up. Won't that stiffener round rod you have welded by the can end of the cylinder be in the way or am I missing something?
 

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I like it and the fab work looks. :bigthumb:

Don't take me wrong. It's just my 2 cents worth of experience.
The only part I don't like is how narrow it is. I carry logs with my grapple and it 3 times the with.
I have trouble picking up log when the heavy end starts to shift when moving. Some of the logs are 15 feet long.
But it all depends what you are lifting and how far you have to carry it.
 

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Sorry guys, I have been crazy busy at work. Thanks for all of the compliments!

To answer your questions, yes it is built on Chris' fork frame. But I am looking at developing my own. This system will be able to mounted to any fork frame with just a few dimensions needed. Not sure on the patent part as I based this design off of forks.

I did have these laser cut, they are out of AR400 steel.

I do not think the stiffener will be in the way. The main purpose for me was to grab a load of logs, the stiffener does not hang down below the teeth. The reason the grapple is forward facing is to try and push the logs back towards the frame. The goal with the middle is just to be able to hold the logs down during transport. You can change the fork width as usual and be able to pick up small objects, such as rocks.

I hope to have it up and running soon. I havent got my hydraulics figured out quite yet. Im hoping something will happen soon. I love all of the advice that I have been given so far and hope to get more yet! Thanks guys!
 

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Good looking outfit !
I also would really like to see the jaw opened up. Won't that stiffener round rod you have welded by the can end of the cylinder be in the way or am I missing something?
This will not be in the way. I have approximately 1/2 of clearance with the cylinder all the way out.
 

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Here it is in action. I moved a lot of wood with it today! A few modifications and i think I will love it even more.

Cherokee Chief--i know if i could of made something like that for my forks, i be wildly in love too.:laugh: :bigthumb: great job!! anything to help with them big ones.:yahoo:
 
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