What's the best Vibratory Plow pulling device

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mx315, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just picked up a Toro vibratory plow and it didn't come with a Grip(Chinese Finger). I'm looking to buy something that works well pulling 3/4" and 1" PVC. Looking online there are a few options, like the Chinese Fingers, Wedges or Bullet style. Anyone have any experience with pulling PVC, care to share any secrets?
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Maybe mdirrigation will check in, he pulls a lot of PVC. When ever I pull PVC I use a chinese finger type grip. When pulling poly I use a loop of chain.
  3. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you use a double or triple strand Chinese finger?
  4. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
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    We have two 410's and a 255 - all with bullets.
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Second the King Grip, or as another branch of the originating family calls it, Blazing Grip.

    They are more involved, and a bit more time-consuming to use and maintain, but they don't let go of the pipe.
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the look of and looked at the king grip, but I opted for this one on the link above. It has a bullet built in, in addition to the one on my plow blade itself. I did however have an issue to adjust it for diff sized pipes often, so I just got another one so I can switch out the puller quick and easy .

    Anyone have esp with that one I linked? curious.

    I also have two different Chinese fingers, if needed.
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love to hammer down the 410sx in open areas. Great production machine. Sometimes it is a little to big for the average install but still turns better than the 255.

    I've used a King grip, step grip, chain and now I enjoy using the square double sectioned grip. Which is pretty much like a chain...My days of beating and banging pipe on a grip are years over...Also I pull in sand 90% of the time...
  9. mx315

    mx315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the info guys. Capt I have 90% beach sand too, do you have a link for your puller? I'd like to check it out and compare it to the King
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    In sand, you could pull poly with nothing other than a loop of chain, but PVC is another story. Ye Olde Pipe Piper couldn't pull PVC with anything other than a King Grip, but a modern plow has more options. Go to the trouble to use a King Grip (or Blazing Grip - same exact thing) and it won't let go of the pipe.

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