How to Use a Fork Grapple Attachment on a Tractor

May 26, 2021

If you have a large plot of land, there’s a good chance that you have an ample amount of brush and other materials to clean up to keep everything in working order. John Deere has a fork grapple attachment for tractors that can help with that specific job. Whether you’re going to be handling a small amount of material or an abundance of brush, the fork grapple attachment can help you clear out the space you need.

Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to use a fork grapple attachment on your Deere tractor.

  1. Read the Operator’s Manual before using your equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions.
  2. Remove the mounting plate.
  3. Install the grapple at the center of the pallet fork by hooking it over the existing flange located on the pallet fork frame.
  4. Align the mounting plate with the notch in the pallet fork frame.
  5. Replace the bolts, and secure the whole unit with two washers and nuts. Note that you may want to consider having a portable impact wrench on hand to help you make the job a bit easier and quicker.
  6. Thread the hydraulic hoses through the support bracket on the pallet fork frame before hooking them up to the third function hydraulic outlets on the loader.
  7. Move the grapple’s locking pin from the transport to the operating position to finish the process.

Keep in mind that there are pallet fork grapples that are compatible with larger tractors as well. This means that Deere customers are not limited by what they can achieve in terms of cleaning up their land with the right attachments.

In the event that you need to clean up a larger mess, such as a pile of discarded fence posts, you could try doing it with the pallet fork by itself. However, you’ll quickly notice issues, such as a lack of balance and support, making it a more time-consuming process. To overcome these issues, you may want to consider using a pallet fork grapple, which will allow you to scoop them up, clamp down tight, and move along.

If you have any questions about how to utilize a pallet fork grapple or any other piece of John Deere equipment, you can contact your local John Deere dealer.

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