John Deere’s New Grappling Buckets Help Operators Rock Site Cleanup

Removing difficult materials with ease and speed

John Deere Rock Grapple

John Deere is expanding their lineup of Worksite Pro attachments, as well as their offering of job site cleanup solutions, with their brand new GS66B, GS72B, GS78B, GS84B scrap grapple buckets and GR72B and GR84B rock grapple buckets. The scrap grapple buckets are the perfect solution for any job site cleanup application where grappling power is necessary for handling materials such as for disaster cleanup and recycling center use. The rock grapple buckets, also ideal for job site cleanup, come with land clearing and brush removal capabilities, with the added benefit of being able to grade sites after debris removal.

“During critical times, like disaster cleanup, operators need powerful and reliable attachments that won’t let them down. We are delivering industry-leading reliability with these new buckets, and feel confident that customers will find that they can move the most difficult, irregularly shaped materials with ease and speed.”
- Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments, John Deere Construction & Forestry

Each unit includes two independent-action grapples that allow different-sized objects to be picked up in each grapple. A 620-mm (24.4-inch) wide grapple arm and grapple stance width of 1,540 mm (60.6 inches) on the GS66 and GS72/GR72 and 1660 mm (65.3 inches) on the GS78 and GS84/GR84 units allow for easier grappling of wide, difficult material. For scrap applications where containing the material is necessary, bolt-on side plates are available. The scrap grapple models also feature convenient predrilled cutting edges for optional bolt-on, replaceable edges.

For increased reliability and performance, greaseable and hardened 31.8-mm (1.25-inch) pins, along with increased cylinder specifications, result in improved durability. Ninety-degree hydraulic quick couplers offer improved hose routing over previous series. Cylinder guards come standard on each scrap and rock grapple, and have been simplified to a low-profile, effective solution for hydraulic cylinder hose connections. Cylinder size, including the bore and rod, has been increased to a 63.5-mm (2.5-inch) bore and a 36-mm (1.4-inch) rod, providing high grapple clamping forces for even the most difficult material. Grapple arms have integrated mechanical stop to reduce load on cylinders when grapple arms are open. Increased side cutter, side sheet and backsheet plate thickness combined with a larger torque tube result in heavy-duty bucket construction for the most demanding applications.  

Additionally, the new rock grapple buckets have 76-mm (3-inch) tine spacing and are fully supported on each side for high bending resistance. The tine spacing allows smaller particles to sift through the tines when used in the forward direction. Each rock grapple uses a weld-in serrated cutting edge for penetrating difficult ground conditions.

These attachments are compatible with select John Deere G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, L-Series compact wheel loaders and many competitive models. They are backed by John Deere parts, service and warranty coverage.

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