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Offline 250quality

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3 point hitch log grapple
« on: September 19, 2011, 03:40:23 PM »
Getting sick of dragging chains and getting in and out of the tractor. Went looking today at a Wallenstein 3 point hich log grapple. Anyone else using one of these or any other brand? Kena makes one that looks pretty good as well bu un sure which to go for.

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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 04:12:08 PM »
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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 04:19:46 PM »
What tractor would you put it on?
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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 04:31:01 PM »
You better be pretty careful with that idea. You can flip your tractor over back words , once you lift it and start to pull the harder it will pull as it get further from the tractor. I ended up putting a chain between the tractor and the grapple so it would only get so far from the rear. Mine was on a super m farmall.
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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 04:40:02 PM »
I have a DK55 kioti so flipping it is pretty tough. Skidded come 32" oak 12' long with no worries last fall.
I looked at the 5100 today but there is a model made by Kena I like as well. Just the shipping and duty is the killer as the Wallenstein is in stock here.

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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 10:49:35 PM »
 

[img] http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/27144/bunching_grapple.jpg [/img
Here is a shop built bunching grapple. Works good.
Side loader log truck w/492 Detroit, bell super T feller buncher, Barko 160 with JD power, Kubota M4900 with brush raker grapple on front and shop built bunching grapple on back. JD 350B Dozer; JD 548D skidder;  and a couple of saws.

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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 10:59:05 PM »
Here is another one that is also a home made shop built grapple. Works good for skidding logs and even pulpwood or chip n saw size wood. But it's no good for bunching. 

Side loader log truck w/492 Detroit, bell super T feller buncher, Barko 160 with JD power, Kubota M4900 with brush raker grapple on front and shop built bunching grapple on back. JD 350B Dozer; JD 548D skidder;  and a couple of saws.

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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011, 06:50:27 AM »
Very nice work. The wallenstein has a by-pass grapple so I think it will be the winner,also 1 year warranty and made here locally. For $2000 I'm not sure I could build one.

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Re: 3 point hitch log grapple
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2011, 08:33:13 AM »
Here are some pictures of the grapple I have for my tractor.






It is made by Iron & Oak. I added the winch for pulling over trees and for trees I could not back up to. It works good for land clearing but not so good for logging unless your skid is shorter than about 2 or 300 feet. I can bunch firewood size trees but not saw logs. The one draw back with it is that it is so far behind the ends of the lift arms you loose a lot of lifting capacity. My winch

will lift twice as much as the grapple.
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