I am guessing this is the new Ford Chevy argument. If you have one you find any reason to discredit the other. 30k tensile strength and you think you can break that with a 33 HP tractor?? If you do, you are abusing your equipment waaay more than I do. I have the Homestead Pinnacle root grapple, I have moved logs and boulders heavy enough to float back end with filled tires and backhoe, so, not being gentle. What I do not do is "ram" trees to push them over, that is what a chainsaw is for. Imho, the Homestead is equal to the EA, although I have no experience with the EA. As with any equipment, proper usage is key. I hope the OP finds what he needs. Sorry, had to vent, the EA users seem fanatical. Cheers, all, stay safe.