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Advice on attachment purchase.

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Paul W, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Paul W

    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    Looking for info on Brushcat (or equivalent type tool) and brushrake/grapples. Pros and cons of any brands you have experience with? Thanks, Paul
     
  2. Steve Frazier

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    Take a look around this forum, or search the word "grapple", there's a few threads around about them here already that should be of help to you. Feel free to ask any questions in any of those threads.
     
  3. Paul W

    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Steve, Found some good info here. Am leaning towards a Virnig 74'' Brush Rake grapple.... Anyone have any experience with them? Thanks, Paul
     
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    I have a Virnig grapple bucket just got it this Winter, I really like the build quality. I also have a Quick Attach Saber Tine bucket that I bought instead of a brush grapple. I thought the Saber Bucket was more versatile and much better built.
     
  5. Paul W

    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    KSSS, Thanks for the reply. Found Quick attach on Ebay and also like them.
    I like both the eagle talon and the Saber tine models. Oh the decisions..... There was another one there with replaceable teeth on it that looked really good too. Paul
     
  6. Willis Bushogin

    Willis Bushogin Senior Member

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    I bought a Quick Attach from eBay, Its the full grapple with root rake bottom. We clear lots, move debris, load debris, etc. I really dont know how we got along without it, I can rotate the grapple and back drag the lot and clean all the debris. I prefer the full length grapple vs the one on each side, each one has its place. This is a heavy duty unit and I have abused it at times and it keeps on ticking. Cuts out almost all the manual labor. Highly recommend this unit
     
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    The best one on the market we found was Faver. They are rock solid. We have a few leaver pullers thet can tear up anything. These are the only ones that they havent torn up.
     
  8. Paul W

    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    Faver did send me a brochure recently... Looked to built really stoutly. Still havent made up my mind and i would like to get a few more checks in before I blow 4 grand..... Paul
     
  9. Willis Bushogin

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    Im not sure what size machine, you have, and what you are going to use it for. As I stated before, I clear land/lots, general cleanup, I bought the Quick Attach 60" grapple. I didnt buy the 72" because of overloading the machine. Another reason is almost $1900 difference. Its Ebay item number 180228209982, it looks similar to the Faver. I think I called them (Quick Attach) direct and got a better deal, but I had to ask them for the special deal.

    I highly recommend the QA grapple, I have moved logs, boulders, root mat, etc. I mostly use the grapple myself, and I have kinda abused it and I havent bent, broke, or caused any damage to the unit at all.

    Good Luck
     
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  10. Paul W

    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    Ordered the 72'' version of the Quick Attach grapple this morning. It will be going on a T200 Bobcat. Guess I should have asked about a better price over the phone as I ordered direct.... $3088 to my door. Paul
     
  11. Willis Bushogin

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    You will like it, and you will say " How did I ever get along without it"
    Be careful of the 72" dont let it overload the machine.
    Keep us posted
     
  12. Willis Bushogin

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    Guess I need to be a salesman for QA, I mulched a lot yesterday, with the Fecon machine. The owner wanted me to remove all debris/mulch, so i loaded up the skidsteer, with the QA grapple/rootrake and away I went to the job. I always enjoy using this grapple, it does a great job. I had the lot looking great and ready to build on, in a few hours. I guess Im from the old school, where we had to rake all this stuff (lots of labor)and sweat. Now with this simple attachment, you cut out all the labor and sweat.

    Just my 2 cents worth
     
  13. Steve Frazier

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    I use mine for so many things, I bought it primarily for brush which it excels at, but I can pop trees with it easily up to 6" caliper and carry them away, rough in an overgrown lot for reclaiming to lawn, plus I use it to move junk. I cleaned out my mom's place, my Dad was a pack rat having gone through the depression and the basement was full of junk. I carried it to the door and piled it, then grabbed it with the grapples and loaded the truck. I use it to load scrap steel all the time too. I think it's about the most versatile attachment I have.
     
  14. Paul W

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    Sounds like I may have made a good decision..... Freight company called and it should be here tomorrow..... Cant wait to use it. Paul
     
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    Its freakin' awesome..... Money well spent. Paul
     
  16. Willis Bushogin

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    I spent most of the day demoing a small out building and loading the debris in the dump trucks. I then opened the grapple, rotated and back dragged the lot, cleaning as I went. I do more back dragging, with the grapple, than I do with the forward motion using the root rake.

    I put about 25 hrs on the grapple this week, busy week for the grapple.
    If you cant get the QD hooked up, try pushing the remote pedal/arm/switch in the full other direction, if that doesnt do it, go the other way. This may not work on all machines.

    Paul we need to contact QA and get a commision on sales, we are doing a lot of advertising for them LOL:D

    Glad you like it
     
  17. Paul W

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    I only used it on the S150 today.... And it was raining to boot! Cant wait to put it on the T200. Still more rain tonight so i probably wont get a chance to use it much tomorrow. I have a project started that needs a bunch of attention to the remnants of the trees that were cut down..... That will probably be the first place i put it to work and really see what it will do. Maybe i'll try to get some pics.... never posted any on this board. Is it fairly simple? Paul
     
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    Really simple with the new automatic resizer. Just check out the second red link in my signature for further instructions. :)
     
  19. Paul W

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    Pic attempt

    We'll see if I can get it done.... Here's a septic I did during January.
     

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    Paul W Well-Known Member

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    Rainy or not.... Here I come!

    Couldnt leave it sitting in the shop..... Local church took out some trees to build a new parking lot (I was awarded the bid for that) so i figured this would be a good test for my new grapple. Lots of rain last night so it was a little sloppy.... I bet ill be really impressed when I get to use it on dry ground. Paul
     

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