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High-Lift Grapple For Skid Steers
After hurricane Jeanne hit Florida last September, necessity proved to be the mother of invention for Bob Payne. He came up with what he calls a "Boom-Grapple."
  Payne is president of Diverse Specialties. He discovered during the massive cleanup that there was nothing on the market to allow skid steers to grab debris and load it into dump trucks.
  So he created the 8-ft. long Boom-Grapple that grabs debris and lifts it high to reach over truck boxes.
  It fits skid steers and other loaders and works off the machine's hydraulics after attaching two pins.
  The booms, made from square steel tubing, are 8 to 10 ft. The encased hydraulic hoses run along the boom's rib to the grapple.
  The grapple's "bite" capacity is 3 sq. ft. and it weighs about 350 lbs.
  How much weight it can handle depends on the machine it's mounted on. However, a standard 8 ft. Boom-Grapple on a Bobcat T-200 can handle about 3,000 lbs.
  "The Boom-Grapple is as versatile as the skid steers themselves," says Sara Hand, marketing director, adding that the grapple can also be used to move debris, large pipes, steel stacks or other things.
  Starting price is $4,000 for a standard 3-ft. boom and grapple.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Diverse Specialties, Inc., 5512 60th Way North, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33709 (ph 877 248-8387; email: info@diversespecialties. com; website: www.diversespecialties. com).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2