After agonizing over all the various options and reading every thread on here I could find, I decided to pick up the Artillian frame, forks, and bucket. The forks are pricier than some other options, but I knew I wanted the bucket and eventually the grapple system.
First the bad: The whole order process just left me unhappy. The website said they were a week or two behind on 'some popular products' then I got an email after my order saying it would be three weeks. It ended up being 5 weeks from order to delivered. And communication was poor - I had to contact them, and tried a couple different addresses, to get any kind of update or ETA. It just left a bad taste - paying for the 'premier' setup, I guess I expected a little more.
Then I sliced my finger pretty bad on a burr :D Ok, so I was excited to get it all together and put it to work and probably should have put my gloves on first.
Anyway... it's a very well designed system. I like being able to take the brush guard off if I don't need it. I've only played around with the forks a bit, but they've done everything I've thrown at them so far. The bucket was worth the money on the first project - ~150 feet of french drain
It takes a little thought and finesse to get a trench like that with a front bucket, but once I got the hang of it, it went pretty quickly. I wouldn't make a habit of using it for this, but for small little digging projects around the yard, it's a pretty handy piece of equipment. I did manage to bend a couple teeth pretty good with my little 2305, so I'm not sure how well it would handle any more umph behind it.
It's a good system, worth the $$ (I think) I just hope they get some ordering/customer service kinks worked out before/if I end up ordering the grapple from them.