What Are The Differences Between Hydraulic And Mechanical Excavator Grapples

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What Are The Differences Between Hydraulic And Mechanical Excavator Grapples

What Are The Differences Between Hydraulic And Mechanical Excavator Grapples

Excavator grapples are attachments that are commonly used in demolition, construction, and mining projects.It facilitates material handling and improves work efficiency. Choosing the right grapple for your project can be challenging, especially if you are not familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of different types of grapples. In this article, we provide an overview of hydraulic and mechanical excavator grapple, and the factors to consider when choosing the right type for your project.

HMB excavator grapple is an excavator attachment, mainly used for handling, loading and unloading scrap steel and waste materials. As one of the leading manufacturers of excavator grapple in China, HMB has a full range of hydraulic grabs for 3-40 ton excavators. They are suitable for all brands and models of excavators.

Working principle of excavator hydraulic grapple

Operate using the hydraulic power of the excavator hydraulic system. They are designed to open and close using hydraulic cylinders, allowing them to grasp and release objects.


High gripping force

Ability to handle various types of materials

Faster operating speed

Ability to rotate 360 degrees

Easy to install and remove


High initial cost

Requires regular maintenance

Can be affected by temperature changes

Requires a compatible

Working principle of Excavator mechanical grapple

Mechanical excavator rotating grapples operate using a mechanical linkage system. They are designed to open and close using mechanical force, allowing them to grip and release objects. Mechanical grapples can be further classified into two types, namely, fixed and rotating grapples.


Lower initial cost  grapples

Less maintenance required

Resistant to temperature changes   

Can be used with non-hydraulic excavators force 


Lower gripping force compared to hydraulic 

Cannot handle certain types of materials

Limited operating speed

Limited control over the grip 

Cannot rotate 360 degree

The Importance of Choosing the Right Grapple Type

Choosing the right grapple for your project is critical to ensuring productivity, safety and cost-effectiveness. Mismatched grapples can lead to project delays, increased maintenance costs, and even accidents. When selecting a grapple type, project requirements, excavator compatibility, budget constraints and maintenance considerations must be considered.

Established in 2009, Yantai Jiwei Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is always focusing on the development, production, sales and services of construction engineering machinery integrating production which are widely used in construction, demolition, recycling, mining, forestry and agricultural, they are well known for their quality, durability, performance and reliability.

• Over 12 years production experience.

• Over 100 employees, over 70% employees in Production, Development, Research, Services.

• Have more than 50 domestic dealers, Offer high-quality products and services to more than 320 foreigh customers, has exported HMB products to more than 80 countries in the world.

• Have a complete pre-sale and after-sales service system in more than 30 countries such as USA, Canada, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, Chile, Peru,Egypt, Algeria, Germany, France, Poland, UK, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Macedonia, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, Belgium, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, The United Arab Emirates etc.

Since the establishment of the company, Yantai Jiwei has been committed to the production and R & D of various attachments including hydraulic breaker hammer, hydraulic grabs, hydraulic shear, quick hitch, hydraulic plate compactor, excavator ripper, pile hammer, Hydraulic pulverizer, various types of excavator buckets, etc for excavators and backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders to meet the needs of the users.With advanced production technology and professional service team as the guarantee, Yantai Jiwei provides efficient and high-quality excavator front-end equipment products to the world.

Yantai Jiwei is always committed to providing our customers with reliable quality and excellent service.High-quality products and considerate service have expanded our market and won more partners. We will always be on the road of innovation, constantly introducing new technologies and improving production efficiency while maintaining high quality. We look forward to working with you!

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