"A grapple is designed to help an excavator pick up, move, and sort materials. There is a wide array of grapples used for specific applications such as demolition, scrap and rock handling, forestry, and land clearing. That’s why grapples are a staple on many job sites. The challenging part is picking the right grapple for the job.
In construction, you’ve got a lot of heavy stuff to move around. Like busting up concrete and moving it off the site. But the word grapple comes from a tool that helped French winemakers pick grapes. In time, folks turned the name of the tool into a verb.
Today, excavator operators grapple with moving things around on the job site by using a grapple. [..]"