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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.  





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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2019, 03:26:04 PM »
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?

Alan
Dear Alan,
Curious how you are feeling about the pallet fork grapple after a six or seven months of use. I'm also leaning toward the fork grapple for the same reasons you were -- wanting the versatility of lifting logs and pallets with one attachment. I've got a big deck of redwoods and firs all 20-25 feet in length and up to 30 inches in diameter, so don't expect to be moving more than one at a time. I'm thinking with the forks set to the widest (44 inches), my best bet would be the 42-inch or or 48-inch tines. Any thoughts on this based on your experience?
Or are you thinking you should have gotten the grapple bucket. At Titan, the pallet fork grapple is actually heavier (611 lbs) than the grapple bucket (450 lbs).
I assume you're staying indoors these days. Stay warm!
Thanks.
Jeff

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Re: Grapple bucket or grapple forks?
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2019, 04:31:15 PM »
I used them quite a bit and then the auxiliary hydraulics lines started leaking on my skid steer so I've just been using forks the last few months until I get around to fixing it.

What I liked about the grapple forks over a grapple bucket was not having to change attachments when switching between moving logs and moving pallets of lumber. They're handy and worked well but, like a previous poster mentioned, they really snap open and closed fast (at least the ones from Titan). It's hard to open/closed in a controlled manner. I'm assuming this is because they only have one hydraulic cylinder and the skid loader has enough flow to move it in a hurry. I kept meaning to put some sort of orifice in the fitting to slow it down but of course still haven't gotten around to it.

I've been very happy with them around the log yard. I think I got the 48" but could get by with a little less.

Alan
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