How Do I Choose The Correct Grapple?

How Do I Choose The Correct Grapple?

You have a lot of manufacturers and styles/sizes of grapples to choose from so we tried to make it simple for you.  Click here to follow the Selector Guide which will assist you in making your choice.


  • Do you want to add a grapple to your existing bucket or remove your bucket and attach a grapple rake?
  • Do you have auxiliary hydraulic outlets?  If not, see accessories for Xtra Valve Kits.  If you have a set of outlets in the rear of your tractor you might want to run a set of hoses from those outlets to the front of your tractor.  Conceal them and secure with cable ties so the hoses do not get in the way.  Now you can put couplers on the ends and have a disconnect point at the front of the tractor instead of having long hoses to manage.
  • How do you intend to use the grapple?  Cleaning barns, picking up loose hay, moving round hay bales, brush or construction debris?  Choose the right grapple for your job.
  • What is the lift capacity of your loader?  Choose a grapple that is less than 50% of your loader lift capacity but still strong enough to do the job.
  • What is your price range?  This is a slippery slope.  Choosing a low price grapple may cost you more in the long run, plus frustrate you.


The width of the opening may be the most important feature of a grapple.  A wider grapple opening means you can grab more material.  Some are even wide enough to grab large round bales. Spacing of tines is important.  For brush we think 6” is ideal.  It is wide enough to sift the dirt yet tight enough to hold smaller brush.  For rock buckets we think 3” is ideal for the same reasons. Single grapple or double grapple?  We sell far more doubles than singles.  Mainly because with a double grapple you can clamp down on uneven loads.  Almost all brush loads will be uneven.  A single grapple may be preferred for picking up even material such as hay bales. A grapple that weighs over 50% of your lift capacity may limit the material you are able to carry.  Choose one slightly less than 50%.  Getting one too light will be costly in the long run.

Xtra Valve Kits

Product 22Ever need an extra set of hydraulic outlets?  The Xtra Valve Kit is a reliable and inexpensive way to add an extra circuit and you can do it yourself or have your dealer install it.  For example, if you have a tractor with no auxiliary outlets and you want to add a grapple, the Xtra Valve Kit is a good option for you.

You are simply going to split the tilt or up/down function of your loader.  You will turn one circuit into two circuits.  If you split the tilt function here is what will happen.  After installation, if you move the joy stick (or control handle) left and right it will tilt your bucket like it always has performed.  Now, if you push the button that mounts to your joy stick and move the joy stick left and right, it will open and close the grapple.  Let loose of the button and the hydraulic flow goes back to controlling the tilt of the bucket. Now you can control both your tilt and the grapple with one hand.

You can choose from two models.  The MP010 is for hydraulic systems up to 24 GPM while the MP020 is for hydraulic systems up to 15 GPM. Click here for more details and a link to our Installation Guide.