on Monday, March 23, 2020
How to Clean Up Branches Using a Root Grapple
Provided by the John Deere Tips Notebook
It’s that time of year to start Spring Cleaning, and getting debris out of the way!
For this project, we’ve matched our 53-inch Frontier Root Grapple with a John Deere 2025R Compact Utility Tractor. It has plenty of horsepower and the hydrostatic transmission that helps make any project go as smoothly as possible. We’ve also added a Mauser cab for operator comfort and safety, and a 120R loader with a lift capacity of more than 1,000 pounds. And, when we spec’d the tractor, we added a third function hydraulic valve, which will allow the grapple to open and close.
So first, Jermayne will slide the loader carrier into the top hangers on the root grapple. The grapple’s flat bottom allows it to sit upright without the need for a parking stand, which makes this process especially easy. Then Jermayne will lift and roll back the carrier and the root grapple will fall into place. Then he’ll lower the implement, turn off the engine, set the parking brake, and insert the locking pins.
After it’s last use, Jermayne connected the hydraulic hoses together to make sure they would stay clean. Now he’ll separate them and hook them up to the third function hydraulic hoses. Then he’ll hook up the Frontier Land Plane for ballast using the iMatchTM Quick Hitch. All he has to do is focus on the top hook, and everything else falls into place. With the iMatch Quick Hitch, you never have to get off the tractor to hook up compatible 3-point implements.
Then he’ll close the locking levers to secure the implement, and he’s ready to get to work. Using a chain saw and extended limb lopper, the property owner had already trimmed several trees around the house and tossed them into a pile. So Jermayne used the root grapple to pick them up and put them on a trailer for transport to a disposal site.
A great approach to picking up a big pile of branches like this is to drive the root grapple into the pile with the bottom of the grapple level with and slightly above the ground, and the grapple clamp wide open. This way, Jermayne could really maximize the volume of debris he could grab in one load. Then he rolled back the fully loaded grapple and raised the loader just high enough so he could see underneath the load. That’s so he could get a clear view of the trailer where he’ll dump the limbs.
If you’re new to operating this kind of loader attachment and how it’s controlled with the joy stick to clean up tree branches or other debris, you’ll get a feel for it and be very comfortable after just a little practice. And when you’re using it for this kind of work remember – it’s debris! You can’t hurt it!
Frontier has nearly 600 implements that are available only from your John Deere dealer, the place to go for advice and equipment. So remember, for implements that help turn your tractor into the workhorse it was built to be, think Frontier and your John Deere dealer.
And lastly, always read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions. For more tips and home projects like this one, visit the John Deere Tips Notebook!