Grapple questions

mikester

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If you absolutely distrust anyone who post, specifically on FB, what makes you thing folks on this forum are any different/better?
OTT doesn't install unremovable tracking software on new cell phones and OTT uses tracking sites but I can block those. IMHO that makes OTT better.
 

Bmyers

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This lawsuit


Has apparently created a lot of stir around EA. Reading various forum post, articles, etc. I can find nothing that confirms that EA is closed. Yet, I don't live in that town, I know no one that works there, and I don't have a magic crystal ball.

Does there seem to be some potential concern about EA? Yes. Yet, anyone that has been involved in businesses know that lawsuits are extremely common on both sides and part of the reason consumers get to pay extra money for the stuff we want.

My two cents, I wouldn't write EA off, but I would want to make contact with someone from the company before I would place an order.
 
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Bmyers

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Hopefully it is just that, a temporary closing. I feel sorry for the workers if the company has closed. There are always other equipment manufactures that will work to meet our needs.

Not as simple for the worker to always find another job.
 
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Bmyers

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It was noted on another forum that they had not paid their tax bill, which is easy enough to check.

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Jim’sMX

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What started out as an attempted ea 55 purchase has ended with an order placed for the Homestead pinnacle 55 and money saved. Thanks for everyone’s input and hopefully I’ll be reviewing my new grapple in 8 weeks, or less.
 
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The Evil Twin

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I had to to provide my cc # to place order, so when I get my bill I’ll know if they charged it immediately.
Gotcha. I really want to pull the trigger on a rake, but don't want to shell out the coin just yet. We are putting in 400' of fence and that dropped the reserves a little lower than I like.
 
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fried1765

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Kind of sad to say, but if you have already purchased a product from them you HAVE contributed but apparently they didn't manage it properly.
This is just a guess, but I suspect that EA may not actually be bankrupt.
My supposition is, that their ongoing dispute with the new building contractor, has caused their law firm to recommend "closing" the business, to preserve assets.
 
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Jim’sMX

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Less than 24hrs from placing the order and I got an update that my grapple will be shipping in 4-6 weeks. Cost less and delivered in under 2 months. I was worried they might already be swamped in ea overflow.
 
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drumminj

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Less than 24hrs from placing the order and I got an update that my grapple will be shipping in 4-6 weeks. Cost less and delivered in under 2 months. I was worried they might already be swamped in ea overflow.
I have a Homestead Pinnacle grapple (and a couple of their other implements) and have been very happy with them. Have not been easy on the grapple and have had no issues.

I suspect you will be happy with your purchase.
 
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rh74

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I have a Virnig root rack grapple. I think it's a pretty well built and it's made in the USA. I needed one ASAP. I couldn't find much for reviews for this model, but their reviews for skid steer attachments are very good. So, based on those reviews I bought it. I'm really happy with and the best part is they are readly available. I did buy mine from Messicks as they had it in-stock. Two of my local tractor dealers said they could have one from the factory 1 week. Below is a link to Virnig model I have. They make a lot of different size and models of grapples.

 
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lynnmor

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I have a Virnig root rack grapple. I think it's a pretty well built and it's made in the USA. I needed one ASAP. I couldn't find much for reviews for this model, but their reviews for skid steer attachments are very good. So, based on those reviews I bought it. I'm really happy with and the best part is they are readly available. I did buy mine from Messicks as they had it in-stock. Two of my local tractor dealers said they could have one from the factory 1 week. Below is a link to Virnig model I have. They make a lot of different size and models of grapples.

I have the 54" and wouldn't buy another one. The loader arms stick down well below the grapple causing them to dig soil unless the grapple is tilted far forward. The forward tilt reduces the effective opening. The grapple cannot be placed on the ground for removal because the loader arms are already on the ground. The bottom tines aren't gusseted on the 54" model so they bend easily, add to that they are only welded on one side and some of those welds are poor. A call to Vernig got the usual "no one else has a problem" response. Likewise, mentioning the problems on this forum results in the same kind of insults.
 
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Jim’sMX

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I have a Virnig root rack grapple. I think it's a pretty well built and it's made in the USA. I needed one ASAP. I couldn't find much for reviews for this model, but their reviews for skid steer attachments are very good. So, based on those reviews I bought it. I'm really happy with and the best part is they are readly available. I did buy mine from Messicks as they had it in-stock. Two of my local tractor dealers said they could have one from the factory 1 week. Below is a link to Virnig model I have. They make a lot of different size and models of grapples.

I wasn’t aware of this manufacturer. The spec sheet shows the 55” is lighter than the Homestead and a ships within days claim. I bought the Homestead, but I’m still waiting for delivery. They did immediately charge my card for the grapple if that’s an issue for folks.
 
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