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Demolition & Sorting Grapples

The above video is an example of a demolition and sorting grapple. This one is manufactured by Caterpillar.

Typical uses for grapples include:

- Breaking buildings
- Hauling material and debris
- Loading material and debris
- Minor cutting
- Precise picking and pulling
- Tearing
- Tree removal

Benefits of a grapple and things you should ask yourself about what you want in a grapple:

- Can it rotate 360 degrees, which allows the operator to grab and any angle without moving the machine.

- Are the grapple jaws synchronized (like the Caterpillar) so they can open and close in a repeatable manner. This improved workflow because the operator has predictability built into the machine.

- How fast do they clamp (grab). The faster they clamp, the higher the workflow.

- Does the grapple have edge to edge contact. If it does, then it can grab small items.

- Does it have an overbite stop (which will prevent jamming).

- How wide does the jaw open? The Caterpillar opens 7 feet.

- Does it have a smooth profile so that material drops out easily?

- Does it have replaceable edges?

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