/ Branson Alterative. and I'm I going over Board? #41
- Apr 4, 2008
- Kingston Tennessee
- Mahindra 1626
Just like with HST, after you have a shuttle, you quickly learn how to use it efficiently. I use a grapple very often, easily more than 50% of the time. No problems whatsoever. That's what multiple gears are for. I especially prefer it on hills here in East Tennessee.There are so many times that I inch the tractor. For example while curling the grapple forwards before closing the jaws. For pallet forks it's important to go really slow so you don't damage anything. The controls are limited compared to a fork lift and so is the visibility. I'm very glad I got an HST. I would not want to be slipping a clutch to do that.
I recommend getting test drives with an HST and shuttle tractor and pretending to do work. Drive up to a "log" and grab it, etc. Your imagination won't be accurate but it's better than nothing. (it'd be cool for dealers to have a demo area with stuff to do but I have not heard of one doing that).
I think the lower end tractors with "shuttles" basically have a forwards/reverse transmission but not the automatic clutch that bigger shuttle tractors and many industrial machines have. Be sure to test drive.