2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big Mouth Grapple For Compact Tractors
The Big Mouth 320 and 322 Mini Grapple Rakes have a 48-in. wide mouth and fit 40 hp. and less compacts. The 327 fits 40 to 70 hp. tractors and has a 54-in. mouth.
“The Big Mouth 327 Grapple Rake is available with universal skid steer brackets, as well as Deere brackets. We can fit them to brackets for other brands as well,” says Bill Reid, Precision Manufacturing. “It comes fully plumbed with couplers of your choice.”
The 320 comes with Deere brackets only. The 322 can be equipped with both Deere and universal skid steer brackets. The 320 is 50 in. wide, while the 322 is 59 in. wide. The 327 is available in either 60-in. or 72-in. widths.
All three grapple rakes feature a similar design for hydraulic components. Cylinders and lines are concealed behind steel plates. This keeps them out of sight and protects them from being snagged on limbs and brush. The double grapple design ensures that uneven loads are held securely in place.
“The 327 is a couple of hundred pounds heavier than the 320 due to its 3/8-in. AR400 material,” says Reid. “It’s built heavier to handle the increased lifting power of the utility tractors. The 320 and 322 are fabricated from 1/4-in. AR400 steel.”
Rake tines on both models are reinforced with gussets. “The outside rake tines are more likely to be bent, so we reinforce them on both sides with gussets,” says Reid. “As far as capacity, both units can handle anything the tractor can lift.”
The Big Mouth 320 Grapple Rake weighs 255 lbs. The 322 is 276 lbs. with Deere brackets and 264 lbs. with universal skid steer brackets. Both feature seven rake tines and six grapples, all on 9-in. centers.
The 60-in. width 327 with Deere brackets, nine rake tines and eight grapples weighs about 438 lbs., while the 72-in. width with 11 rake tines and eight grapples weighs 486 lbs. The universal quick-attach versions are about 40 lbs. heavier.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the mini grapple rakes start at $2,995. The 327 list price starts at $3,995.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Precision Manufacturing, P.O. Box 24426, Overland Park, Kan. 66283 (ph 913-362-9244; email@example.com; precisionmfg.com).
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