John Deere intros new scrap and rock grapple buckets

November 14, 2018 -  By
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Rock grapple bucket (Photo: John Deere)

Rock grapple bucket (Photo: John Deere)

John Deere added the GS66B, GS72B, GS78B and GS84B scrap grapple buckets and GR72B and GR84B rock grapple buckets to its line of Worksite Pro Attachments.

The scrap grapple buckets are ideal for scrap handling, recycling center use, disaster cleanup and job site cleanup applications where grappling power is needed to handle material, and the rock grapple buckets are designed for land clearing, job site cleanup and brush removal applications, the company said. Additionally, the rock grapples allow for grading the site after debris removal.

“During critical times, like disaster cleanup, operators need powerful and reliable attachments that won’t let them down,” said Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “We are delivering industry-leading reliability with these new buckets and feel confident that customers will find that they can move the most difficult, irregularly shaped materials with ease and speed.”

Each unit includes two independent-action grapples that allow different-sized objects to be picked up in each grapple. The units feature a 620-mm wide grapple arm and grapple stance width of 1,540 mm on the GS66 and GS72/GR72 and 1660 mm on the GS78 and GS84/GR84. For scrap applications where containing the material is necessary, bolt-on side plates are available. The scrap grapple models also include predrilled cutting edges for optional bolt-on replaceable edges.

Other features include greaseable and hardened 31.8-mm pins; 90 degree hydraulic quick couplers; and cylinder guards that’ve been simplified to a low-profile solution for hydraulic cylinder hose connections. Cylinder size, including the bore and rod, has been increased to a 63.5-mm bore and a 36-mm rod.

Grapple arms have integrated mechanical stop to reduce the load on cylinders when the grapple arms are open. Increased side cutter, side sheet and backsheet plate thickness, combined with a larger torque tube, result in heavy-duty bucket construction.

Additionally, the new rock grapple buckets have 76-mm tine spacing and are fully supported on each side for high bending resistance. Each rock grapple uses a weld-in serrated cutting edge.

These attachments are compatible with select John Deere G-Series skid-steers and compact track loaders, L-Series compact wheel loaders and many competitive models. They are backed by John Deere parts, service and warranty coverage.

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