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Precision Manufacturing first produced the HyReach Clipper in 1992. Its patented features make it unique to the tree shear industry. Our tree cutters and attachments are used for commercial tree cutting as well as by landowners to clean fence rows, pastures, timber and etc. The tree shear cuts all types of trees – DEAD or ALIVE! The maximum cut is between 9″ and 12″.
Precision Manufacturing’s Add-A-Grapple and Grapple Rake make easy work of handling brush and debris. Our skid steer attachments and tractor attachments have been especially useful with storm clean-up equipment used for removal of damages caused by ice storms, tornados, hurricanes and etc. The grapples and grapple forks are also useful for picking up hard to handle material.
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First you need to determine the grapple that best fits your bucket. We suggest you use our Add-A-Grapple Selector. Just click on the link and take a couple of measurements. Whether it’s adding a grapple to a back hoe or a compact tractor or skid steer, we have the grapple that is right for you.
We tried to make the installation as easy as possible. In a nutshell, you just need to position the grapple tines close to the cutting edge of the bucket with the cylinders fully extended. Next clamp the brackets on the end of the square tubing to the side of your bucket. Position the brackets where you want them and mark your holes. Drill the holes and bolt the brackets to your bucket. Connect your hydraulics and your installation is complete. Here is a link to our Add-A-Grapple Installation Guide for more detail.
Remember, if you do not have the extra set of hydraulic outlets on your tractor, you need to take a look at our Xtra Valve Kits. 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.
Most problems with the wireless system are battery related. Make sure the battery in the remote is new. Make sure the battery in the black metal box is fully charged and will hold its charge – just because the light on the charger turns green does not necessarily mean it is a good battery. It may not hold its amperage under load. You will need a battery tester to test this.
When the upper left hand button on the key fob transmitter is pushed you should see a red blinking light. If light is dim or not flashing rapidly it will need to be replaced. Follow instructions in manual for replacing the battery.
After you have determined that both the 12v battery and the battery in the key fob/transmitter are fully charged you need to activate or turn on the system. You can do this by pushing and holding the reset toggle button for 3 to 5 seconds. The reset toggle button is located on top of the metal box located on the tree shear (older units may have a rubber covered push button). This will turn on or activate the receiver so it can receive a signal. Now push the upper left hand button on the key fob/transmitter. You should hear a clicking noise coming from the valve. If you hear the clicking noise, your system is operating properly. Remember the upper left hand button is a momentary switch. It must remain depressed and held at the same time that you activate your remote hydraulics on your equipment for rotation.
The bottom right button or “OFF” button shuts down the system. To reactivate the wireless system you will need to push the toggle button again to activate or turn on the system. Also, the system automatically shuts down after 2 hours of no operation to preserve battery life.
If you did not hear the clicking noise check the fuse located on the wiring harness inside the box. Next make sure all connections to the battery and to the valve are secure.
If you still do not hear the clicking noise you will need to remove the receiver (unless it is mounted to the back of the metal box where you can clearly see the LED light). There are two bolts holding the receiver to the side of the black metal box. Once removed you will need to look for the LED light located by the “L” on the front of the receiver. When you press and hold the reset button (toggle switch) located on the top of the black metal box, you should see a red blinking LED light in the “L” area of the receiver. This means the system is turned on and ready to receive a signal.
Next, press and hold the upper left hand button of the key fob remote transmitter. The red blinking LED light on the receiver should turn solid green. Release the remote button and the LED light should go back to blinking red.
If the LED light did not turn green, the receiver is not receiving a signal from the key fob transmitter.
You will need to follow the LEARN process found in your owner’s manual.
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.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SHOPPING FOR A GRAPPLE
- 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.
IMPORTANT FEATURES TO LOOK AT WHEN CHOOSING A GRAPPLE
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
Ever 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.
This really is a personal preference but we will point out advantages and disadvantages of each.
Shearing has traditionally been the most popular way of cutting trees. The more versatile shears will not only cut at ground level but can power rotate the head and trim limbs. Shears are available to cut up to 16” trees. The larger shears do not have the rotate feature to side trim fields so are not as versatile as the shears that rotate. Shearing leaves a smooth cut and can cut at ground level so you can drive and mow over the stump. After shearing, the stump will need to be treated to avoid future growth (cedars do not require spraying). Tordon is a popular stump and brush herbicide that is available in ready to use containers. It runs from $25 to $50 per quart. Some shears have a spraying feature but there is a lot of waste of chemicals (expensive and not environmentally friendly). The chemicals are corrosive to the sprayer/tank and the nozzle can be clogged and/or broken in a brushy environment. Shearing is a quiet, safe method of cutting trees with very little debris other than the cut limb or tree.
Saws are quick and can cut larger trees. Saws usually require larger machinery with either hi flow or larger hydraulic pumps to operate properly. Your equipment must run at high RPMs on most models which may cause overheating of your hydraulic oil. Maintenance is higher on saws because the replaceable teeth will wear or break in rocks or fence posts. With speeds of up to 2,000 RPM a tremendous amount of dust can be created which is absorbed by you and your equipment. The higher RPMs can also throw debris. Like tree shears, sprayer attachments are available but have the same shortcomings. Some models can rotate for cutting limbs but beware the weight and high RPMs up over your head.
Tree Pullers are becoming more popular. It is a good way to clear a pasture or field because you do not leave a stump. Some think a large hole is left after a tree is pulled. This is not true as most of the dirt falls off the roots and into the hole. The roots can also be dragged over the area to smooth it out. You can expect to pull 4” to 6” trees if your equipment is around 80 hp or more. However, remember there are several variables when it comes to pulling – size of equipment, soil conditions and species of trees. Some models will allow you to dig/cut roots which will increase the size of trees that can be pulled. Pulling is a safe way to remove trees.
If you have a problem with trees and brush you likely will need to find equipment that best fits your needs – You can CUT IT or PULL IT and then STACK IT or HAUL IT.
The HyReach Tree Shear allows you to cut at ground level or power rotate the head to trim limbs.
The Tree Pullers allow you to pull the entire tree out of the ground – roots and all. No stump to interfere.
The Pallet Forks allow you to stack material such as hay bales and pallets. Add a grapple to your pallet forks to keep the brush on the forks.
You can move the brush to a pile or simply haul it out of your way. There are many grapples to choose from so there is likely one that will fit your needs whether your equipment is large or small. You can even remove rocks with the rock bucket. Add a grapple to the rock bucket to make it even more versatile.
Farm Shows are starting to wind down after the completion of the National Farm and Machinery Show. What a show! Attendance seemed to be normal and the interest in our products seemed better than ever.
If there was ever an attachment that was going to be put to the test, it would be the tree puller. That was always in the back of our minds when we designed the model 525000 Tree Puller.
We knew it would be used on large equipment with over 100 hp. There would be pulling, pushing, jerking, lifting, tilting and every other movement possible. Oh, we also knew customers would be digging with their tree pullers.
We designed our EXTREME tree puller with a double row of teeth for a better grip on the tree. The last thing you want to do when trying to pull a tree is to shread or shear the tree. Our teeth are also syncronized to prevent shearing and also allows you to apply a stronger grip. We use a powerful 3″ cylinder to close the blades tight. The cylinder is completely enclosed with a telescoping cylinder guard made of 1/4″ plate steel. The cylinder hoses and fittings are completely protected in both the extended and retracted positions.
If you ever try to pull a tree and it won’t pull, we have a solution. When the blades are in the closed position, they form a spade point. You can actually dig the roots that are preventing you from pulling the tree. There is also a root ripper that will cut the roots as you dig. The root ripper is located on top of the blades.
Add all of this up and you have the best tree puller on the market!
There is one thing you will discover about the Grapple Rakes from Precision Manufacturing. They all have a very large opening which obviously means you can hold more material. Even the grapple rake for the utility and compact tractor has a 50″ opening. The larger grapples have up to a 73″ opening. Large enough to grab a large round hay bale.
Other features include concealed cylinders on larger models. This reduces the chances of getting your hoses and fittings tangled in the brush. We also include subsoil points on the 433 and 444 series for extended wear.
The tines are placed 6″ apart. We have found this is ideal. It’s wide enough to sift the dirt yet tight enough to allow you to pick up small material such as rocks and small limbs.
The XD Series of Tree Shear is the best selling tree shear by far.