grapple bucket choice ??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by P.Services, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    the tree service job i am finishing up is posing a small problem. originally i planned on loading all the wood by hand into my Kodiak so i cut it all into 2 and 3 foot chunks. now that i have a ctl coming to do the work i need to decide what to use to load it. i could use a normal dirt bucket but this would be slow and load only a few pieces at a time, then i thought of using a snow bucket but i dont think thats a bright idea. i think i may buy one of these http://cgi.ebay.com/60-Grapple-root...4907074QQihZ006QQcategoryZ50908QQcmdZViewItem
    but i dont think it will be able to hold alot because the tines dont extend under it very much to "carry" the chunks as opposed to holding them in with pressure. the one i want and think would work best is this http://cgi.ebay.com/72-Industrial-H...4961457QQihZ006QQcategoryZ50908QQcmdZViewItem
    but its kinda a lot to pay for a grapple. i also have a bunch of 20' long 3' around logs that i cut once i knew i would be using a machine. from those that have done this kind of work before what would you recommend i use? what will load the small chunks the fastest and also move the big logs?
     
  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    and while we discuss attachments im looking for a heavy duty set of forks also. the problem im having is the lower lip on the back gets bent so the forks just swing on the top pin. it happens when im pressing down with the tips and it pops the forks loose from the bottom. any one know of a hd set?
     
  3. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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    i have a root grapple simialr to the second one you have a link to. great to work with. i use it for heavy logs, concrete, debris. one thing to consider is the tines like they are do get bent on the ends sometimes. not a big issue just heat them up and straighten them back out. great attachment for the arsenal.
    good luck,
     
  4. talus

    talus LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bought a Solesbee's root grapple for my sr 80. It works great for for what your trying to do. The second one that you have posted from quick attach is very pricey and I don't like that the grapple is one big piece. Grabbing different sized pieces of whatever would be a pain. I got mine for $2300 for the 72" delivered to R.I. from Ga. I called on a Tuesday and was unloading off the truck on thursday. I have looked at a bunch of them and the Solesbee seem to be one of the best built units. That's just my opinion. You will love using the grapple it's so much easier and productive. Good luck.
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Psst, a grapple bucket has less physical capacity than a dirt bucket, just so's you know. Just throw the chunks in a regular bucket and be done with it, the grappling ability does absolutely nothing or you if you've already broken the material down into pieces than can be handled by hand. By the time you buy a bucket, you'd eat up all the profit. But I'm sure you already knew that being the master landscaper that you are. As for the 20' sections, either buck them up or carry them with forks.
     
  6. talus

    talus LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of machine are you going to be lifting a 20' long 3' round logs with? Thats pretty heavy. I had some white oaks taken down that had to be over 110' high. They just cut the limbs in pieces from 3'-8'. They were all piled up on top of each other laying evrywich way. I got a hell of a price so I didn't mind doing the cleanup as long as the chipped the small stuff. One piece down near the trunk was about 3' round and maybe 10-12' long and the sr 80 could not lift it. I think Scag knows his stuff however I don't agree with his opinoin on this. Getting in and out of a machine,loading a few pieces of wood at a time is a pain. If it's one truckload thats one thing but by the looks of your other posts it appear tha a grapple would make your life much easier. I love it and use it more than I thought.
     
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Grapples are over rated.
    A tooth bucket does does a good job if you know how to operate the machine.:dancing:
    I have loaded so many dumpsters with a tooth bucket it is second nature for me.
     
  8. talus

    talus LawnSite Senior Member
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    You must get a kick out of all the guys using thumbs on excavators then. Why get a thumb when you can just curl the bucket to hold the rock against the dipper stick.LOL.
     
  9. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    I thought we were talking about skid steers ?
    I guess my reading comprehension needs a little work.
     
  10. talus

    talus LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your reading comprehension skills are fine. We were talking skid steer. However if you think you can move brush,firewood,demo debris, etc faster with a tooth bucket than a grapple I'd love to see it. I guess you missed the point I was trying to make. If you were going to put a fence post,would you use the tooth bucket or an auger? Yes it can be don with either but what do you think would be easier.
     

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