We often get asked, what grapple style do I need? This is really an application-based decision but we can offer a few pointers.
The grapple bucket (or flat bottom grapple) is mainly used in industrial applications where the work is being done on hard flat surfaces, such as, demolition, recycling and scrap applications. With this grapple, all material is kept in the bucket and scraping to a clean finish can be obtained. We have seen these used in tree removal applications where, after grinding a stump they can remove the chips with a grapple bucket and still move logs. Usually we would recommend using a root grapple or a rock bucket grapple for this application to minimize damage to the sod when raking up debris.
The root grapple is mainly associated with land clearing and tree work. This grapple uses an 8” spacing between the tines to allow dirt to pass through the tines while collecting branches, roots or logs. The front cross tube allows the operator to control the depth of the tips by the angle of the unit. The cross tube allows the grapple to float on the surface without pushing up dirt. It also helps when back dragging to smooth up an area that has been worked. The open design helps when shaking dirt out of root balls and brush piles.
The rock bucket grapple mainly has been associated with picking rocks but has become a very versatile attachment for many applications. Because of the 3” tine spacing, sifting is still a big part of what these are used for but we now see many customer using this attachment for, land leveling, light to mid land clearing, firewood moving and brush moving. The webbed front works excellent for shearing off or pulling out smaller saplings and brush as well as it shears off high spots in dirt and the dirt spreads out into the bucket and drifts out the back. As the dirt comes up against the back tube it is spread out evenly for a great land leveler type finish. You can also back drag with the tips down to scarify a surface or rake.