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Anyone know of great HD skid grapple buckets?

Discussion in 'Construction Equipment Attachments' started by xr4ticlone, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. xr4ticlone

    xr4ticlone Well-Known Member

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    I’m needing some skid grapple buckets for me & customers.

    I want really HD versions...like to find a smaller MFG...but I’d listen to anyone’s thoughts.

    If you have good or bad, let me know...I want to hear your thoughts.

    Also...if it’s older than 4-5 yrs old let me know...everything changes if there was a buyout or ownership change. Sadly.
     
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    Werk brau. We used to put them on sliders for recycling plants. Biggest consumer ,for us, was scrap iron and steel, followed by paper cardboard. Hopefully that speaks to the abuse they can survive. If the coupler stays together, the bucket will survive. Hoses and couplings were weak link.
     
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    I have a Bobcat 72" material grapple and root grapple. I have seen a Cat version that is identical also. The grapples will handle anything my skid loader will lift. They are built well and can be found used for under $2k.
     
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    I've posted this one before. We have one, can't break it, and we have it on a T770. It's a Virnig V50 Skeleton Grapple. Screenshot_20181122-141558.png
     
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    I've got a few attachments by https://www.quickattach.com/ and am very pleased with them. I don't have the grapple bucket but do have the grapple rake. It's probably the second most used attachment I have over the bucket. Good people to deal with too, they sell direct to the customer
     
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    I have Virnig and Quick attach grapples. Both are very tough.
     
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    The 50 is standard duty, the 60 series VIRNIG is the heaviest duty grapple bucket I've ever seen,
     

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    I have Virnig's extreme duty solid bottom grapple. They don't give them away, but they are as well designed and durable as you will find available. The Quick Attach bucket I have is their Shark bucket. It has really heavy tines spaced about 8" or so apart. I use this for land clearing. Handling 50-60' pines, awkwardly arranged in bucket, creating huge side loads and that bucket has zero flex and the cramping power of the grapple is very good. My only complaint on that bucket is the center of the bucket is open and I have had logs shoot thru the opening and shear the hyd lines for my quick attach on the machine. It is easy enough to fix myself but shouldn't have to.
     
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    I have an erskine...works great and reasonable weight...
     
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    Interesting note about the gap. I have a basic North Carolina one I got first, that is open in the back (and yes had to add a ton of steel to it to make it stout enough to quit bending the tines). My second one is a CAT, and is closed back. The difference in visibility is great, and frankly I find I'm less productive with the closed back because of that. I have had a root poke through before, but not often. So I'm not all sold on the closed back end.
     
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    My thought was heavy expanded metal across the center.