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Quick Attach Attachments?

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Steve Frazier, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Steve Frazier

    Steve Frazier Founder

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    I'm looking for a grapple rake for my skid steer, and Quick Attach makes one that appears to be what I'm looking for.

    Can anyone give a performance report on any of their products? Do they appear to be well built?

    Thanks!
     
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    I make a few grapple rakes every year when things are slow. I made one a few mnths ago to go on a big Bobcat 973 I think it was. Its handy raking up hedge rows then clamping them. I used to see alot of Quick tach items in the rental yards they say they hold up well.
     
  3. Steve Frazier

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    I called Quick Attach last week and received it the other day. Their list of attachments are pretty impressive, and so are the prices! They also have a very attractive finance plan for those who are cash strapped.

    I also learned that Quick Attach shares the same facility as Erskine, the manufacturer of my blower. The same workers on the same lines build their attachments, just under a different name. In fact, Quick Attach offers the identical blower that I purchased, it is relabeled Erskine for distribution through skid steer dealerships.

    Quick Attach was under contract to Bobcat to build a number of their attachments, but is now selling them independently. I'm going to give their grapple rake a try, it sounds like the quality is sure to be built in.
     
  4. River Hill

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    Steve thanks for the heads up. I will have to look into them when it's time to make some purchases.
     
  5. River Hill

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    Steve do you have their website?
     
  6. Steve Frazier

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    Well, it's arrived!

    River Hill, they don't have a website, but here's their phone number:wink2
     

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    The thing seems to be well built. The forks are 3/8" plate and braced well.
     

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  8. Steve Frazier

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    Something that surprised me, the hydraulic cylinders are not chromed. I'm not sure how this will effect longevity. I plan to store the grapple with the cylinders collapsed for safe measure.
     

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  9. Steve Frazier

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    I have to get some adapters for my couplers before I can hook it up, that will be tomorrow if the snow holds off.
     

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    Hey Steve, how'd it work out for you? Is the quality there like you thought?
     
  12. Steve Frazier

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    Sorry I haven't updated this thread! :beatsme

    I'm very pleased with my purchase! The rake is well built and heavy enough to stand up to my needs.

    I used it on a job where there was a 175' hedgerow of multi floral rose bushes, 6 to 8' high and 6' deep. I used the rake to rip out these bushes and then compacted them enough to make one 6 yard load on my 550.

    I've used it in the woods cleaning a bit, if you back drag with it it will gather loose brush into a pile you can clamp and haul away. I've been using it to clear the area for my barn too, it's working out well.

    I never remember to take my camera on jobs so I don't have any work shots.
     
  13. Bob Horrell

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    Steve, you may not have a problem with the cylinder rods not being chromed. They look like the cylinder rods I had on a John Deere tractor. They had a gray color to them and were treated with some kind of impregnated graphite material if I remember right. I had over 4,000 hours on that tractor before I sold it and the cylinder rods always looked like new.
     
  14. Steve Frazier

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    The hoist cylinder on my 550 has the same treatment. I don't know what it is, but it seems to be becoming more common. Doesn't matter to me as long as it works!
     
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    I to have seen those. It like an anodized finish. I think it is supposed to prevent the rusting that occurs with nicks in the chrome. It may be better for seals as well.
     
  16. Squizzy246B

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    Hello Steve, Any chance of another update. The grapples you have are the type I'm currently getting built except that mine is more of a multi-purpose trash/rock bucket with grapples. I have looked at heaps of what is on the market but none in the arrangement I want, so I'm getting one custom built. Many that I see (the grapples part) have the rams top mounted but I prefer the rear mount just like you have or on a 4 in 1 bucket. Hope its still working well for you.
     
  17. Glasshousebltr

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    Steve I'm wondering the above issue as well. Do ya think the attachment would pick up heavy trash, logs, steel, old applainces etc?

    bob
     
  18. Steve Frazier

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    Sqizzy, sorry I missed your post!

    This attachment has really earned it's keep! Next to the 4 way bucket, I think it is my most used attachment. I reclaimed a brushy lot as lawn with it, what a great help it was. First I pulled the brush up with it and compressed it, then stacked it for later removal. After making a deep pass with my Harley rake, I then back dragged with the grapple rake and gathered up the tall "Timothy" grass. This area served as the dumping grounds for large rocks that resulting from the house construction and I was able to move them much easier than with the 4 way bucket. A couple more passes with the Harley rake and I was ready to seed.

    Here at the house, I keep a steel pile out in the woods, where I toss all my scrap steel such as banding, auto perts, anything that comes along in the course of working. When I get a load, I haul it to the scrap yard. The grapple rake excels at loading the scrap steel, it's much more effective than the 4 way bucket was. As I load, the rake also compresses the banding making for a tighter load.

    I cleared an area where I want to build a barn, first ripping up the trees with the hoe, but then I moved them to the burn area with the grapple rake. Again, it worked very well for this application. I've also stacked bulk firewood with it. Glasshousebltr, I think it would work great for the tasks you list. It works better at picking irregularly shaped objects much better than the 4 way bucket does. I'm also surprised at how tough the tines are. I expected them to get all bent up with use, but thus far I've only got one tine that has a slight bend to it. A couple wacks with a sledge hammer I'm sure would put it where it belongs.

    Again, I have no regrets over this purchase, it has exceeded my expectations! On a side note, Quick Attach is affiliated with Erskine attachments, the same company that made my snowblower and the quality built in to their products is top shelf.
     
  19. Squizzy246B

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    Thanks Steve, can you mail one over?:wink2
     
  20. stuvecorp

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    We ordered a 72" grapple from Quick Attach this spring and used it to clear some lots. It has paid for itself easily this last season, even used it to pick boulders out of farmers fields. We showed up to clear a lot with our 440 Case and grapple and the builder laughed at us, he came back four hours later and everything was pilled, he was shocked. You can also rake with it so the grubbings can be removed. I wish we would have bought it years ago.