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OK, I got my grapple from Marcus at Innovative Tractor Attachments and wanted to post some feedback and video from my first use.

The Grapple attaches to just about any Deere Quickhitch. You need the angling cylinder to be re-positioned for the clamping jaw and if you don't have one you'll obviously need to pick one up somewhere. It came via FedEx Ground so shipping wasn't bad.

This thing is very solidly built from heavy steel and I'd say is easily as strong or stronger than the Quickhitch itself. Assembly was about 10 minutes and consisted of attaching one bracket to the Quickhitch and fastening with a large bolt.

My main interest was in picking up and moving logs and brush from tree work. My back can't take lifting 200-300lb logs around any longer and while my FEL with a chain and hook worked, it was pretty slow. So for $569 I decided to give this a try.

Quick Summary: it works great. Easily lifts a couple hundred pounds and pickup of logs and limbs was quick and easy without ever leaving the seat.

So I put together 3 minutes of video showing it in action - sorry I couldn't embed here. Always seems to be fussy for some reason:

https://youtu.be/QpR6GRXeaq4
 

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I know what you mean about Murphy. I took a chance too as we got 4 inches last evening. But I figured I could get the snowthrower back on pretty quickly if necessary.
 

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There's an on axis heavy steel plate that ships with the grapple that fastens through the center pivot hole. One end of the angle cylinder fits onto that plate and the other attaches to the upper grapple arm. You re-use the angle cylinder mounting hardware.

I'll get a close-up picture of that setup this evening to post.
 

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Cool. I'd love to see some pictures of it. I guess that plate prevents the pivot from moving side to side as well. How hard is it to remove the cylinder?
Nothing to it. Maybe 10 minutes to switch it over?
 

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Here's a closeup of the lower mounting setup for the angling cylinder. Like a few others, my preference was for using the large carriage bolt in place of the usual locking pin. I don't use a blade so I'll never need to remove it and I like that it's tighter - hopefully will help keep the pivot hole from elongating.
 

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One more update - I didn't think this would work but I nosed up to this rock thats probably 400lbs, pushed it up out of the ground, backed off and re-positioned a bit to get the grapple underneath, and grabbed it and just drove off with it. ****!
 

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