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Star Industries Demolition grapple

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Legdoc, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Legdoc

    Legdoc Senior Member

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    south texas
    I looked at a Star Industries (Ft. Worth, Texas) 72" demolition grade root grapple yesterday. It looked very solid ($2,800.00) and 950 Lbs.
    Anyone with experience with this product or other Star products? Also Construction Equipment has a very heavy duty grapple. Please comment!
    Legdoc
     
  2. RTSmith

    RTSmith Senior Member

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    Amateur demolition & dirt pusher
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    Middle Tenn.
    I bought a Pirhanha (or some such) off of EBay a few years ago. I use it for farm type demo, large rock moving, etc. i'm thinking it was 600# or so. After not too much use I probably added 300# of reinforcement to it, wishing I had done it before I bent it. So the initial weight of that one pleases me.

    My biggest issue is with hoses. Mine come out of the top- center of the grapple. I use a bungee hooked to the ROPS to keep them up out of the pinch points in general work. But when I go to dump in a truck or on top of a brush pile I have to unhook the bungee strap. I would be much happier if mine exited the end and could run right up the lift arm to the quick connects. I guess I could buy one from Cat and it would...Just my .02.