The VALBY® SGR48 Tractor Grapple converts YOUR compact tractor into a PRODUCTIVE FOREST MACHINE!
Modern bypass grapples are an improvement over older clamp grapples. The VALBY® Tractor Grapple is unique in that the jaws bypass each other, so they clamp tightly to the load. As the jaws close, logs are rolled into the grapple in a smooth and effortless way. The logs are then held firmly in place because the load is supported by the tight grip of the bypass jaws and heal bar. This design also transfers the weight to the rear tires for added traction.
The VALBY® Tractor Grapple heal bar counter-balances tree trunks, stacks of pulp wood, brush, and slabs, allowing the load to be lifted completely off the ground. This keeps the material clean and allows materials to be stacked up to the height limit of the tractor hitch.
A butt plate protects the tractor from logs by keeping them from sliding forward into the tractor.
This tractor grapple has a mechanical lock to hold the grapple in place while transporting the grapple when empty. When the frame is unlocked, the grapple is in a floating mode that enables the tractor to turn while pulling a load.
A key design feature of the VALBY® SGR48 is the location of the front hinge point up close to the tractor. This forward hinge point allows the tractor to make tighter turns while dragging loads.
The forward hindge point has a built-in stop which prevents the grapple and load from coming into contact with the rear tires of your tractor.
A skidding tractor grapple is the most efficient choice when you can drive your tractor to the load without obstructions. However, the SGR48 also works well on uneven terrain with the help of the sliding top link. This link allows the grapple to float up and down as well as left and right during transport, putting less stress on the tractor, grapple and three point hitch. The SGR48 is capable of skidding multiple tree length logs at the same time.
Skidding grapples work best in clear-cuts. If you are working on steep hills or wet, slippery terrain, or of you wish to reduce damage to the stand by selective cutting, a Farmi Forest Skidding Winch may be a more suitable choice of equipment. To find out more about Farmi Skidding Winches and the Farmi Tree Harvesting Method, click here.
VALBY® Tractor Grapples are designed to endure years of professional use:
The jaws are reinforced for added strength.
Every moving joint has a grease fitting, and all hinge points have bronze bushings for added durability.
The grapple mounts on the three point hitch of any Catagory I tractor between 15 and 35 horsepower. It only requires one set of hydraulic lines for operation.
The grapple also has a parking stand, which makes it easy to hook-up, disconnect and store the tractor grapple.
The tractor should be equipped with front end weights. For front end weight requirements, click here.
The VALBY® SGR48 is ruggedly-built, and can lift any material your compact tractor's 3-point hitch can handle. It carries a one year limited parts warranty. If your tractor grapple ever needs repairs, we maintain a complete parts inventory at our warehouse in Spencer, NY.