A skid steer tine grapple is a type of attachment for skid steer loaders that can be used to handle various materials, such as brush, manure, hay, silage, and more. It consists of a bucket with round tines that can penetrate and lift the material, and a pair of grapple claws that can close and secure the load. A skid steer tine grapple is ideal for gripping and holding uneven loads in the bucket. The tines are usually replaceable and have a spacing between them to allow large debris to fall through. The grapple claws are operated by hydraulic cylinders and have covers to protect them from damage.
I'm Josh with Skid Pro, and today we're in the paint booth to take a closer look at our Industrial Extreme Duty Tine Grapple. Unlike the traditional skeleton frame grapples, this one lacks cross-member supports, making it ideal for tasks like handling manure, hay bales, and other materials where you don't want cross supports interfering.
When evaluating this product, we start, as always, with weight and frame. In today's world of heavy track loaders, a grapple must be substantial. Our 72-inch model weighs over a thousand pounds, and this weight is distributed across various critical components.
The back frame, devoid of cross-member supports, must be robust to withstand the pressure exerted by large track loaders. We use four-by-four square tubing along the top and the bottom, with additional gusseting for added strength. The tine holders at the base span almost ten inches and feature a 45-degree gusset for enhanced durability. Tine spacing on this grapple is approximately eight inches on center, allowing for customizations by removing and replacing tines.
The grapple itself is constructed with half-inch thick steel, featuring guards and substantial gusseting for added strength. Greasable pivot points are employed on both the cylinders and back grapple, ensuring low maintenance and durability. Industrial cylinders with a two-inch bore, inch-and-a-quarter rods, and ten-inch stroke are used, supported by heavy inch-and-a-quarter pivot pins.
Cylinder covers play a crucial role in protecting the cylinders. Unlike some cheaper grapples with minimal covers, ours are fully boxed 360 degrees, independently moving to distribute impact forces away from the cylinder rod. Hose routing is also meticulously planned, ensuring full protection from debris, with hoses running underneath the cylinder covers.
Cylinder protection extends further with the inclusion of full-plated steel to prevent debris and branches from entering the cylinders. These features are often missing in cheaper grapples.
The tines, responsible for bearing stress, are substantial, measuring two and a quarter inches in thickness. They are bolt-on and replaceable, and you can adjust tine spacing by removing every other tine. Made of high-tensile 80,000-plate steel, they are exceptionally strong.
The grapple boasts a generous 32-inch opening and features independent and pressure-sensing grapples. This ensures a secure grip, even on uneven loads, such as stumps and brush.
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