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Grapple for skid steer

I am thinking of purchasing a Faver grapple for my skid steer. Any feedback or suggestions. grapple rake | Faver Inc Thanks.

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These look like really nice units.
I've got near 30 years in a skidsteer and have run most of the attachments out there and even tested a couple for a factory that has been bought out, but there products are being made by others now.

My experience with the grapples are that the 2 separate clamp units are the most versatile. The single clamp is great and fast if you always are grabbing same diameter items like pipe or poles. The seperate clamp ones will grab what ever you put in no matter the couture and hold it securely.

Doing logs, brush, scrap metal or old fence where there are terrain contours and maybe there need for everything to be picked up is not an issue then the skeleton units are the best. The bucket units are a bear to lift what your trying to grab up without getting that terrain as well, and now you have a bucket of something didn't want as well. The skeleton forks will only leave slight marks or ruts as some would call it

However if your doing demo work then the bucket units are the best because you can grab say a stud wall or bust thru a concrete block wall and get all of the little pieces as well as the bug chunks. For demoed concrete the bucket grapples are awesome to clean the area in 1 pass, all the pieces big and small and it really takes away the frustration that just a bucket can leave you with. If your doing nice clean area work (like off a hard surface) then the bucket works fine there too.

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Interesting information, Scorpion, like most attachments and equipment sounds like you have to do a lot of research first. Never knew skid steers had both a radial or vertical lift until about a year after we bought ours.
Clydesdale, you might find some Favar information if you go to the "attachments" section on www.skidsteerforum.com.

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Yes research is good, but with the that also comes the fact of getting good facts out of that research. I didn't think to mention Clydsdale, because the tone of the post had me thinking you know something of the grapple, but if you haven't used one I'm sure a rental location in your area would have one and a days rental to see operationally what works would be a cheap insurance policy vs. spending $18-$5100 on something that you later wish was different or hate. Just a suggestion.

The Vertical / Radial thing is really a double edge sword. It was a development thing to load farther away from the cab at taller heights. ie... loading a 6 wheeler or semi at the tandems, masons setting block or mortar on a scaffold, or dumping in an opening in a hopper or thru a wall where you couldn't get the tires under it like when loading a truck and rolling the wheels under the box. So that was the benefit. The down side is the machines had to weigh more and usually have a bigger foot print because as the load came up physics are working against it. With the radial machines as load comes up it also is rotating back towards the machine and there by transferring the weight and preventing it from tipping forward. Overall it is something that only a really savvy used equipment salesperson or the dealer will explain if they think to do so---it rarely is an opening sales pitch, and for I'd guess 80% of the buyers not a concern.
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I appreciate the vertical/radial information, Scorpion, what you say is exactly what I thought. I did read radial is more desirable for digging but it seems that would be real minimal. Mine is a 2010 New Holland L185 vertical lift, but most all skid steers around here are Bobcats. What surprised me, not in a GOOD way, is the fact the thing has more electronic/computer controls than a new Cadillac to protect the engine, operator and on and on. So far the only computer type problem I ran into was the hydraulics wouldn't work intermittently after startup. After dinking around a bit, I found it was a only bad micro switch on the door. I lucked out on that one.

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