When I bought my 990 used, it had a JD pallet fork with it. I have been using it and like the capability of using a fork. I have moved large rocks as well as a lot of brush and logs with it. I was happy with it. When I saw Chris's 2" receiver he built for the Artillian frame I was really intrigued with it since I have to move my splitter around and other things I have as well. So I contacted Chris about it and he was very gracious and let me borrow a brand new Artillian Receiver hitch to test it with my JD PF to see if it would fit before trying to purchase it. Well the slots did not match up very well. I have wanted to get a grapple for some time and new that Chris has been working on one that would connect to the Artillian frame. So I decided to buy Chris's frame with the landscape forks because I could see a lot of use for those as well.
Dealing with Chris is outstanding. He works by the golden rule and also seeks to uphold the law in all his business dealings. Those 2 things are a great plus when dealing with Chris iwho is the owner of Artillian. Chris is also the designer, and sometimes the welder and even the guy who packages the shipment up and I am sure he does a lot of other things around his business as all of us small business guys do. Sometimes we even clean the toilets! Thank you Chris for a great experience in purchasing a product from you!
I picked up the frame from Chris's place of business last Friday. I was up in NH on business and brought my wife with me. This is a rare thing for us but I enjoy bringing her along when I can. It gives us some real good time together to talk and spend time with one another. I highly recommend it.
Chris contacted me the day before to confirm that I was coming and also to let me know he had an appointment that he had to go to and wanted to know When I was planning on arriving. It worked out that I would arrive while he was gone (he even tried to see if he could change his appointment so he could be there when I arrived but that was not possible) so he placed it inside the building where he leaves the parcels for FedEx with my name on it and with a note. I was able to pick them up and head for home which was another 2.5 hours away without traffic so that meant 3.5 hours after it was all said and done after dealing with some accidents on the road.
I put the Arillian frame to the test on Saturday moving some very big wood that had been dropped off by a friend for another friend. I was able to use the 42" or 48" cascade forks off of my JD pallet fork and they connected right onto the Artillian frame. Just a note I think each individual fork weighed as much as the Artillian frame! The frame performed flawlessly. The first piece of Oak had to have weighed over 1000 lbs easily and the 300CX on the 990 had all it could do to lift it to the 48" mark.
I would highly recommend the Artillian frame and forks. I don't think that you can do better.
Just another note. It takes all we can do in order for two of us to lift the JD PF frame if we can do it at all. I believe it weighs over 200 lbs alone without the forks. In the pictures you will see my 16 y/o lifting the Artillian frame out of the box.
There are also some comparison pictures of the JD PF and the Artillian which are interesting to see if you click the link to see all the pictures. I really do not need my JD frame anymore so I am probably going to sell it. If after reading and looking at the pictures if you have some interest go ahead and PM me. It can work for the larger FEL JD tractors as well.
Without any further comment you can see some of the pictures below and there is a link to see all of them if you are interested.
This is what it looks like in the box.
This is my 16 y/o son pulling it out of the box all by himself with a great expression by my wife.
Here are a few pictures of it on the tractor.
Here it is with that one big stick of oak
Here is the link for more. In this are some pictures of the building that Artillian is located in and me picking up my packages.
Thanks again Chris for a great product. You are great to do business with.