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 The present invention relates to an attachment for a skid steer loader, and particularly to a grabbing mechanism for a skid steer loader.
 In fields such as construction, agriculture, and landscaping, it is often necessary to clear an area of rocks, trees, and brush. When clearing an area, it may be possible to use a tractor, front-end loader, or similar large machine to assist with the heavy lifting required to remove trees and rocks. However, tractors and the like are very destructive to the area being cleared, and may leave deep tracks and other disruptions to the ground being cleared. As such, more time and effort must be spent smoothing the area after the use of large machines, which results in increased cost.
 Furthermore, the area in which the work must be done is often so small as to prevent a large tractor from being utilized during clearing. Clearing the area by hand is very labor intensive, and sometimes impossible. For this reason, skid steer loaders are a convenient alternative to large tractors or machines. Skid steer loaders are small enough to maneuver into restricted areas, yet provide the strength required for moving small trees and rocks. Because they are much smaller than a tractor, skid steer loaders often create much less destruction to the soil in the area they are used to clear. Thus, skid steer loaders are a convenient alternative to larger tractors or machines which may have a much greater disruptive impact on the area to cleared.
 Skid steer loaders are often equipped with a bucket attachment. While the bucket attachment is capable of scooping, pushing, and transporting dirt and other material, it is not ideally suited for tree and stump removal, rock removal, or similar tasks. For instance, when using the bucket attachment to remove a tree or tree stump, a significant amount of soil disruption is caused. Specifically, the tree or stump must be removed by digging it out, or by pushing or pulling it out of the ground. When this occurs, a large hole is left behind, often as deep as two feet. As a result, the hole must be filled, which requires extra time, effort, and cost to refill the holes and smooth them over.
 Thus, there is a need in the art for an attachment to a skid steer loader which is capable of grasping trees and removing them with less disruption to the environment.
 The present invention is a grabbing attachment for a skid steer loader. The grabber attachment comprises three prongs which can be powered closed or powered open. The prongs can be closed about logs or small trees, allowing the skid steer loader to lift the logs or remove the trees with minimal disruption to the surrounding soil. A scraper blade is included on the grabber attachment to allow the attachment to clear dead fall and brush. In addition, the blade allows the grabber attachment to push the soil around the roots of live trees to loosen the tree a bit so that it can be removed more easily and with a smaller clump of dirt coming out with the roots as the tree is removed. Side shields are included on the attachment to protect the tractor.
 The grabber attachment
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 Each hydraulic cylinder has two hydraulic connections
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 Although the present invention has been described with reference to preferred embodiments, workers skilled in the art will recognize that changes may be made in form and detail without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.