I continue to research pallet forks and make a decision for equipping my new-to-me 2010 JD 2520 with H130 loader. There are a LOT of options out there and since I've never used forks on a compact tractor before I want to reach out to others for help. I've run a forklift in a lumberyard quite a bit in my youth and I've used a Bobcat with forks before, so I understand their use, just not familiar with their nuances on a tractor. I posted something similar earlier that was basically swamped with support for Artillian, but I'm going to be a bit more specific this time in my request for input.
There are 3 basic choices that I've narrowed it down to. Several other manufacturers offer something similar to at least one of these, but for simplicity let's consider just these three.
- Artillian 2300# capacity with either 36" or 42" forks
Artillian is the high-end Cadillac of forks. Designed 'the best', super light, powder coated, loved by all (except your pocketbook).
- Everything Attachments 2200# capacity with 42" forks
EA is a good USA-made set of forks. Not quite as light as Artillian but very close. Painted. No JD green option, mid-priced.
- Titan Attachments 4500# capacity with 36" or 42" forks
TA is selling Chinese stuff. Admittedly budget stuff. Some people hate them, some people have had great experiences. Cheap, strong, possibly risky if you get a bad set
I know which one I'm leaning towards but I'd like to see your choice and reason why. Bear in mind that these will be used for general homeowner stuff on a 10 acre property. Unloading things from my truck and trailer. Moving things around on pallets in my shed. Carrying branches. Holding logs for sawing. Lifting equipment in my workshop. Some work will be done in my shed, but that is a 50x105' pole barn so space is not tightly constrained. As long as I'm mentioning this, which fork length would you recommend, 42" or 36"?