An efficiently designed grapple is one of the most important tools for a forwarder operator to be able to deliver high productivity. Sweden-headed Komatsu Forest AB, part of Japan-headed global plant and machinery major Komatsu Ltd has recently introduced a new range of grapples, which includes 10 completely redesigned models.
According to a statement, the grapples have a new design with a larger opening, which provides better penetration into the log pile as well as better roll-in properties.
If the crane is the driver’s extended arm, then the grapple is the hand that grips the timber. Therefore, it is of course important that the grapple is optimized to quickly and powerfully collect, roll in and grip the log.
Komatsu’s new grapples include many productive updates which the company says, make them efficient and reliable companions in the forest.
New design with a larger opening
The most striking difference is that the opening width is significantly larger, which means that the grapple penetrates the log pile more easily and quickly.
Roll-in properties have also been improved, saving valuable time. The new grapples have also been refined in gathering and straightening the timber.
In addition to the new features, the new grapple range has retained the strong advantages of the previous models, such as the robust and durable construction. The new grapple range also comes with several improvements that provide better service life, which helps to give the grapples even better endurance in the tough forest environment.
With the combination of old and new advantages, the Komatsu grapples help to efficiently forward timber to the roadside.
Ten new models
A total of 10 grapple models are offered, divided into 6-size classes. The range ranges from G82, which holds 0.26 m2 up to G87H, which holds 0.50 m2.
The model program is divided into standard, biomass (logging residues), or heavy duty.
The grapples are compatible with Komatsu forwarders along with the most common third-party brands as well as with most types of truck cranes and other vehicles that handle timber.