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Offline YellowHammer

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Re: Log, brush, slab grapple
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2017, 08:45:10 am »
Nice, I didn't see that option.  It's always interesting to see how different configurations of a piece of equipment affect its productivity for differnt applications. 

It comes back to Bandmiller's idea of building his own custom unit.  Sounds like a good plan to configure it exactly how he wants. 
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Re: Log, brush, slab grapple
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2017, 11:39:43 pm »
I was clearing some branches and root raking the roads along our fenclines this week, and I took a picture an a little modification I did to my grapple.  It originally came with semi pointed teeth, so I welded on one curved tooth, like a boar's tusk, about 6-8 inches long, to make a cutter for clearing branches, limbs and such.  Lots of times, I'll have a branch that just keeps whacking the cab of my tractor, and just gets in the way.  I could generally use the grapple to rip the branch off, but that can do a lot of damage to the tree.  Which this tusk installed, I just can reach up and snip off the branch like using pruning shears.  It works pretty well, and it's like hydraulic scissors. 
I made it relatively small so it doesn't get in the way of everyday use but it's big enough to snip a branch a couple inches in diameter, or at least grab the branch so I can snap it off.

Here's a picture.  When fully closed it closes against the bottom jaw and most branches don't have a chance. The notch makes it easier to grab the branch, as it will naturally slide into the V shape. 


It's welded on the left most top tooth and looks like a cleaver. It's sharpened to a decent edge and isn't perfect, but it work pretty good, it just takes good aim. 


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Re: Log, brush, slab grapple
« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2017, 05:43:43 am »
Cool Idea, 8)
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Re: Log, brush, slab grapple
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2017, 07:53:19 am »
I can only think of about a million times that would have been useful. Thanx for the idea :)
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Re: Log, brush, slab grapple
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2017, 07:16:40 pm »
I bought "the Thumb", that's what it's called off the web. Welded a flat bar across the top of my FEL on my M-4900 and bolted "the Thumb" to that, ran hoses to my rear hydraulics. I then bolted a tooth bar which mounts over the cutting edge of the bucket. Total cost about $600. Have no complaints and have moved 16' x 22" green hemlock with it without problem. Also use it to move 800-1000# bales of hay feeding cattle. Works slick!
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