Well, it was dropped off at 5pm and I’ve got nearly 4 hours of abuse on it. Sheared the bushhog pin already and have a grade 6 bolt in it right now.
Thoughts: more than enough HP for what I want to do. Grapple has more than enough strength for ripping down low tree limbs or pulling up small trees. 4wd feels lacking when either back tire spin and front only bites when jamming on brakes. It carries a 5’ bushhog with ease and I’ve just done some serious work with it running down 2” saplings as well as clumps of bushes. Working a field I haven’t worked in about 3-4 years since my smaller 20hp died. Salesman claimed a 2 year bumper to bumper and a 7 year powertrain warranty. When I laughed and said “I’d put that to the test” he replied with “everyone says that”. We will see.
I could not imagine life without a tractor. Literally changes the way you look at getting every chore you have accomplished.
So I was getting the hang of pulling up small pines and hardwoods by their roots using this grapple. Actually easy to do and enjoyable to be making progress in this field. So I get around to some bushes that have popped up and yank up a pile of those while I’m at it. Then I come around and start working down the road frontage on some bushes that make it hard to see when pulling out...the “THUMP” happens. It was late in the day so I wait until business hours to notify my salesman and he quickly turned me over to the shop guys. Had a guy pick it up before lunch that day.Salesman claimed a 2 year bumper to bumper and a 7 year powertrain warranty. When I laughed and said “I’d put that to the test” he replied with “everyone says that”. We will see.
Be careful using that grapple on stumps. Stump work is hard on any machine, but especially hard on a front end loader and the hydraulic cylinders. Pulling stumps twists the front end loader with built up force from trying to pop them loose...hung up on the teeth and then letting go. It will twist your rods. I have a neighbor that did just that using his grapple.
Ideally a big hoe should be used for stumps. Even my 12 ton mini ex struggles some times with big stumps. It will get hooked on a root and the boom will start to twist with force. You have to know when to back off.
Also get a skid plate if your going to be working in the woods. I don't know if yours is hydro drive or geared, but hydos have a cooling fan under there that sticks live to damage.