Excavator Grapple

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This accessory proves useful in the moving, loading, organizing and overall handling of wood, timber, stone, rock and other unwanted material. Trades where this attachment demonstrates its usefulness are construction, demolition, forestry, waste and scrap manipulation and rail construction.

What Should I Consider When Choosing an Excavator Grapple?

When you’re planning on purchasing this accessory, consider how each application requires its own variation. We list a few ideas below to guide your decision.

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What Are the Most Common Types of Excavator Grapple?

There’s a large variety of excavator grapples available, so we’ve selected the most regular types for you to sort through.


This attachment type is mostly of a narrow construction, with continuous 360º rotation and a dual cylinder with one upper and lower tine. It’s suitable for full-length timber loading and shoveling in logging applications. Lifting single large logs or smaller bundles is manageable with this accessory.


These single cylinder grapple pairs, usually with 360º hydraulic rotators, have a large area for gripping and jaws that bypass each other. The shape of the jaw grips logs easily and rapidly, holding them firmly. They’re handy in cleaning up, feeding grinders or chip machines, handling poles, pipes and other objects.


This attachment is the most basic version of grapples used by numerous excavators. Mechanical with one moving jaw, or hydraulic with two jaws in motion, this type doesn’t rotate. The absence of rotation makes this piece less precise when handling objects or materials.

What’s the Difference Between a Hydraulic and Mechanical Excavator Grapple?

How they operate is how you distinguish between the two.


Popular but expensive, both jaws move simultaneously and have two to four connection lines that power them. This version of the attachment is ideal for precision projects and has up to 180º movement.


The bottom jaw is stationary, and the upper jaw works off the bucket cylinder of the equipment. This type is a lower maintenance version and isn’t as expensive because it has fewer failure sites. A rigid appendage mounts to the excavator’s dipper arm and best suits projects that need less precision.