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Offline lynde37avery

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508 caterpillar grapple
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:59:46 pm »
we have a 1988 cat 508 grapple skidder. anyone know what the model of the grapple is called?  I can't find any info on the machine.  and it needs parts and repair.
Detroit WHAT?

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Re: 508 caterpillar grapple
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 09:03:16 pm »
there was one with an esco grapple on it on fleabay a while back how do you like the 508 I had a chance to buy one this summer for 10k but was told to stay away from the 508 it was hard to get parts for them  :-\

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Re: 508 caterpillar grapple
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 10:01:39 pm »
Production of the 508 stopped 26 years ago.
Hydraulic rams etc of that age are usually pulled apart to determine their condition and observe/ measure what the appropriate repair strategy is.
Bushes are often off the shelf or modified to fit etc.
Rotators rebuilt if not totally obsolete.
http://www.ritchiewiki.com/wiki/index.php/Caterpillar_508_Skidder
There are few 508s around in various stages of dismantling.
There are after market parts for the esco.
http://www.rightparts.com/attachments/
https://www.6kproducts.com/grapple_replacement_parts.html