2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Electric Grapple For Subcompact Tractors
The 49-in. wide grapple is operated by a 12-volt linear actuator with an 8-in. stroke, and comes with a wiring harness that connects to the tractor’s 12-volt battery. The movement of the actuator is controlled with an easy-to-use rocker switch, which can be mounted to the tractor’s loader joystick handle.
Two models are available: a universal version that fits most small subcompact tractors equipped with a universal skid loader quick-attach, and a “hook and pin” model for Deere subcompact tractors including the company’s 200CX, 220R, D120, H120, and H130 models.
“Our electric grapple has slightly more than 1,000 lbs. of clamping force, whereas a comparable hydraulic grapple exerts 1,800 to 2,000 lbs. of force. However, it has more than enough clamping force to pick up tree trimmings, bushes, and small logs,” says Kloster. “The electric grapple’s opening and closing speed is very comparable to a hydraulic model. The linear actuator features a high performance motor and ball screw to move the upper clamp.”
The electric grapple sells for less than $2,000. “That’s reasonable when you consider that it costs $1,500 to $1,800 just to add remote hydraulic outlets to a subcompact tractor,” says Kloster.
The grapple comes with the linear actuator installed. “You just connect the weatherproof wiring harness to the battery and secure it along the loader arms, and mount the rocker switch to the joystick,” says Kloster. “A parking stand that stores on the grapple makes hook-up an easy job.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Worksaver, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Litchfield, Ill. 62056 (ph 217 324-5973; email@example.com; www.worksaver.com).
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