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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2018, 05:01:03 PM »
I have grapple forks and a grapple root rake, and have also used a grapple bucket.

Hands down, the grapple root rake is my go-to implement for handling logs.  It's like using your fingers to pick up logs, and it's very versatile.  
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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2018, 05:05:29 PM »
Phew, that was a beech.  

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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2018, 08:24:11 AM »
Phew, that was a beech.  

Yep. Life's a beech! :D
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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2018, 10:30:38 AM »
The grapple forks showed up yesterday and I spent about an hour or so moving logs with them. Overall I was very happy with how they worked. I got the 48" version and they worked very well for picking up multiple logs at the same time. Much easier carrying multiple logs with the grapple as opposed to regular forks. If one log was as little off center it didn't really matter. Even if the end log was only part way on the forks the grapple would clamp it in place. It clamped them tight and stabilized the load very well while driving from point A to point B, especially on the downhill section where some logs would have rolled off if I'd had forks alone. It worked for carrying five spruce logs of varying dimensions to just one or two long and large (19"x20') ash logs.

Last night I had the forks set to the same width as the grapple so the grapple didn't contact the smaller logs. Next time I'll change the fork spacing so the grapple bypasses them and see how that works.

When I got done moving logs I grabbed a pallet of plywood and moved it under my new lumber shed. Very nice not having to switch attachments.

Ordered the pallet forks and thought the cylinder was bad since there was no control on the decent of the claw. They sent a replacement and it was slightly better but not much.

I see now what you mean. The forks snap open and closed very quickly. Much different than the grapple bucket I borrowed a couple weeks ago. I'm assuming the reason being the grapple bucket had dual cylinders where the grapple forks only have one. I'm hoping someone makes some kind of orifice that can install at one of the fittings to slow down flow?

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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2018, 11:06:11 PM »
The offset clamping is one of a grapples best strengths.  Ya cant always put the machine where the log will balance on open forks.  

Pull the hoses and fittings off your cylinder.  Weld or braze a reducer into the hole.  It could be a roll pin, a nut, a piece of brake line, a washer etc etc.  Just make sure its in there good.  Dont breathe the fumes.. Probably zinc plated. 
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