Within the Virnig line, there are nine different types of skeleton grapples, and each of these types comes in different models. In addition to skeleton grapples, we also offer scrap grapples, root rake grapples, fork grapples, and hay-handling grapples. Without boring you with the math, I’ll tell you this: that’s a lot of grapples.
In this blog, we’ll focus on skeleton grapples and, specifically, take a more in-depth look at the V60 Large Capacity Skeleton Grapple.
Skid Steer Skeleton Grapples
Before we dive into the V60 specifically, I’d like to cover a bit about the skeleton style of grapple attachments. Skeleton grapples are known for having open bottoms, which allow smaller, unwanted material to fall between the tines.
For example, if you’re picking up a load of rocks, the open bottom of a skeleton grapple will allow dirt and unwanted debris to fall away. This way, when you go to drop your load of rocks, you’re not also piling up a bunch of earth.
Another feature of skeleton grapples is a cross member (also known as a front comb) at the tine tips. The cross member provides structural support to the tines, increasing the overall strength of the grapple. It’s worth noting that not all skeleton grapples will have a cross member in place.
If you’re considering a skeleton grapple without a cross member, we recommend paying attention to the attachment’s steel grade. You’ll want an attachment with thicker, higher grade steel to provide additional structural support.
Another feature you’ll see with some skeleton grapples is open sides. Grapples with open sides allow operators to easily clamp logs and piles of brush that are wider than the skid steer attachment.
For example, the V50 Skeleton Grapple's open sides make it a great option for moving logs, brush, and debris. The V60 Skeleton Rock Grapple (pictured) features closed sides, so it can be used to transport rocks without spilling them out the sides.
The V60 Large Capacity Skeleton Grapple
You'll see that the V60 Large Capacity Skeleton Grapple comes equipped with a cross member and open sides. This grapple features two independently operating, side-by-side jaws. And the total jaw width? At 62.8 inches, it comes in at just over five feet.
In case the jaw width didn’t tip you off, this attachment is HEAVY. Each model weighs over 1500 lbs, with a recommended loader capacity of greater than 2400lbs. It features heavy-duty, half-inch Grade-80 steel tines and half-inch Grade-50 steel jaw tines. Whether you look at the skeleton grapple's design or construction, you’ll see it's built to push the limits of what can be accomplished with a skid steer grapple attachment.
To view a comparison chart of our skeleton grapples, click here.
Choosing the Skeleton Grapple for You
The best skeleton grapple for you depends on a series of factors, including the jobs you complete, the versatility you want the attachment to provide, your loader specs, and your budget. If you’d like to learn more about grapple attachments and how you can find one that fits your needs, check out our Ultimate Guide to Grapple Attachments.
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