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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    When you look at the market for forks for compact tractors Artillian's are as high as 2x the cost by the time you add a backrest.

    Wonder if the new owners have any plans for cost reducing the products?
    We live in a free market system where you put your best foot forward and the market decides who will thrive and who will not. There are a variety of choices and price points for a reason. Asking the more refined section of the supply to aim for the cheaper price to meet all buyers needs is a bit like asking Hyundai, Ford and Mercedes Benz to all sell their products for the same price. Sometimes it's worth paying more for something in your mind because it has added features or a potential to last longer or it is better engineered etc. Look at the overall product and decide for yourself how to spend your money, not how much the other guy needs to sell his product for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    When you look at the market for forks for compact tractors Artillian's are as high as 2x the cost by the time you add a backrest.

    Wonder if the new owners have any plans for cost reducing the products?
    If you are just looking at forks, yes they are top of the line, and top dollar.

    Now if you are looking for a frame that you can use as pallet forks, a root rake, a grapple, a snow plow mount....... Buy all of those implements independently and see what the cost would be.

    Artillian's product wasn't competing with every other tom, dick & harry that made pallet forks - It was innovation.

    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    I'd hope it would be at least part of the consideration as Curtis should try to be as competitive as they can be within the marketplace... that said I would still pay the Artillian price for the quality and weight/strength which I feel is at least double the rest of the competition.
    I hope that Curtis is as successful with the Artillian product line as Chris was. I an Walmart market where the only factor is how little does it cost, Artillian put quality and reputation first. I hope Curtis continues with that practice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Manomet View Post
    We live in a free market system where you put your best foot forward and the market decides who will thrive and who will not. There are a variety of choices and price points for a reason. Asking the more refined section of the supply to aim for the cheaper price to meet all buyers needs is a bit like asking Hyundai, Ford and Mercedes Benz to all sell their products for the same price. Sometimes it's worth paying more for something in your mind because it has added features or a potential to last longer or it is better engineered etc. Look at the overall product and decide for yourself how to spend your money, not how much the other guy needs to sell his product for.
    Very well put Manomet.
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    Chris,

    I wish you all of the best and a speedy recovery.

    It was a true pleasure to have done business with you.
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    I also wish you well, Chris. Appreciated the time & effort you spent with me when I ordered my 42" forks. Liked them so much that I had to get 24" forks second-hard (via GTT) since they were discontinued.
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    Chris I am very pleased with all the Artillian products that I have purchased. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and all your products have been top notch. As for your health I wish you all the best. I also was diagnosed with a critical illness this past November that I am battling and you got to keep a positive outlook and do what you need to do to get better because your health is everything. Take care and hang tough
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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    When you look at the market for forks for compact tractors Artillian's are as high as 2x the cost by the time you add a backrest.

    Wonder if the new owners have any plans for cost reducing the products?
    I bought a New 1026R from a JD dealer, WITH the small "Horst" Forks made in Canada, that had a built in backrest, and 'Shorty" forks that were a pain to move and stay in place, No down pressure. The cost? MORE than Artillian with Standard size Forks, and about 100 lbs LESS weight, which increased my Lift capacity. I quickly Sold my Horst set on CL and made the trip to see Chris, one of THE BEST decisions a Tractor guy could make. Take Notice of how many "USED" Artillian Forks you see for sale?? That number is likely ZERO... People do NOT sell "Great Tools" ..
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    Chris, best wishes for a complete recovery. I'm sure Curtis will be counting on your expertise and guidance.

    Your forks and grapple have enabled us to do things we could have never accomplished on our own.
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    Chris, hope you are doing well and wish you a speedy recovery.
    Good luck with Curtis. Hope it blossoms for you both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    If you are just looking at forks, yes they are top of the line, and top dollar.

    Now if you are looking for a frame that you can use as pallet forks, a root rake, a grapple, a snow plow mount....... Buy all of those implements independently and see what the cost would be.

    Artillian's product wasn't competing with every other tom, dick & harry that made pallet forks - It was innovation.



    I hope that Curtis is as successful with the Artillian product line as Chris was. I an Walmart market where the only factor is how little does it cost, Artillian put quality and reputation first. I hope Curtis continues with that practice.



    Very well put Manomet.
    I recently ourchased frame, forks, grapple, etc primarily due to this forum, but I am worried that I waited too long to buy. Placed my order on 2/22 and can't get any reply to my emails and have no idea when the items will ship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 46acres View Post
    I recently ourchased frame, forks, grapple, etc primarily due to this forum, but I am worried that I waited too long to buy. Placed my order on 2/22 and can't get any reply to my emails and have no idea when the items will ship.
    Hang in there. Chris has always been good to his customers. I do not expect that to change. There may be a few delays during this transition. Trust me it will be well worth the wait. I have beat my poor forks and frame to death, to include today. They are still working great.
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