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He Beefed Up Manure Grapple Fork To Handle Bigger Loads
Dale McLaen turned an old manure grapple fork into a log lifting, industrial strength grapple. The old skid steer grapple fork was headed for the scrap yard when McLaen bought it for $200.
  I bought it from a neighbor to use for moving slab boards and small logs, says McLaen. It was a disaster at first. The 1-in. square teeth were too light and would bend like petunias in the wind when lifting odd shape logs, so I decided to fix it.
  The fix consisted of removing the old teeth and making a template on the steel frame for new teeth. He cut out holes for 4 heavy-duty supports with a plasma cutter. The supports were 2-in. (ID) heavy walled, steel tubing that McLaen ran through walls at the front and back sides of the grapple fork frame.
  I welded them in place and then added gussets between them and the back of the frame for added strength, says McLaen. I did have to mill the pipes out a little so the new teeth would fit.
  The new teeth are 1 7/8-in. (OD) high strength steel and slip into the supports. The pipe supports stick out about 1 1/2 in. from the front side of the frame.
  I drilled holes through the supports and the new teeth and secured them with 3/8-in. bolts, says McLaen. If the teeth do get damaged, I can remove them easily.
  McLaen says the bulked-up grapple fork has worked great for removing brush piles, logs, slab wood and scrap of all types. He is quite satisfied with his scrapyard save.
  I had to purchase new materials for the teeth and the teeth holders, says McLaen. I probably have $400 total invested in it.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale McLaen, McLaens Service, 13756 Hwy. 11, Rutland, N. Dak. 58067 (ph 701 724-6232; mclaen@drtel.net).


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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3