Any land owner that has cleared trees off of their land has seen how hard it can be to gather brush up into a manageable pile for disposal. While brush is one of the worst offenders to land, it is not the only one, stumps, debris, roots, all of these things along with brush are not easily removed without the proper tools. A regular tractor or skid steer bucket is designed to dig, hold, and move dirt, and have wide open tops that do not allow you to easily stack long material like brush on them, they simply don’t do a good job in these areas. Using the universal skid steer quick attach standard, you can install a grapple bucket in a matter of minutes, and really start moving these problem piles to their proper locations.
The root grapple is probably the most versatile grapple you can put on your tractor or skid steer, it has tines that will dig several inches into the ground and pull up roots and debris, leaving behind clear dirt free from sticks and roots, then the grapple can close to grip all of the freshly removed debris and move it to a pile for later disposal. The cylinders on a good root grapple are independent of each other, meaning that when one side closes on a large load, the opposite side can clamp down on a smaller load, perfect for moving trees by the larger trunk.
Many scrap yards find a scrap grapple useful, it has a solid bottom, and a strong clamp to help it hold down its load. The most important feature of a scrap grapple is the low cut sides to allow long objects to hang out of the bucket past the sides.
One of the best examples of a prime time to use a grapple bucket is to clean up after a storm such as hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. The debris left over after a storm is quickly and easily handled and removed with a grapple bucket, whether it be fallen trees and limbs or demolished buildings or houses, a grapple bucket will make quick work out of cleaning it up.
UPDATE: New Grapple Bucket for Compact Tractors
Everything Attachments is releasing a new grapple bucket designed specifically for compact tractors. The new bucket has had almost all of the unnecessary weight removed to keep your tractor lifting at its full potential. The Everything Attachments compact tractor grapple bucket is made in America out of harder steel than most other attachments, and has gone through a torture test by the attachment master himself Ted Corriher. With introductory prices starting under $1,800 this grapple is sure to find its way to tractor owners everywhere.