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    Forks

    I wanted to get forks for my 1025. I had my eye on Artillian as I like the other options that can be had with the 3 point hitch hook up, grapple ETC. After reading on here im a little concerned as there are possible issues with the company. I do live in Ct so I'm only about 2 hours from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichJD1025 View Post
    I wanted to get forks for my 1025. I had my eye on Artillian as I like the other options that can be had with the 3 point hitch hook up, grapple ETC. After reading on here im a little concerned as there are possible issues with the company. I do live in Ct so I'm only about 2 hours from them.
    Any other recommendations for forks?
    I don't get the value proposition of spending nearly $1000 for forks that are rated to lift 2-3 times as much as the tractor is capable. The USA made Titans that I have (with the hitch receiver) were about half that price and I cannot lift nearly their load capacity with a 3038E. The ability to add a grapple is nice if you're going to buy and use it but, again, will you actually be able to really use them to do useful work with a 1 series? Many here will recommend going with 42" forks. I went with 36" and I find that I can barely lift one of them and I'm an admittedly corpulent 60-something that can still out lift my athletic sons who actually go to the gym and workout.

    Consider a frame with a headache bar if your going to lift loose materials like logs that might roll back off the top.

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    I think you need to consider the weight of the forks you buy as the top consideration. I got forks with the purchase of my 1026R back in 2012. The forks they sold me will fit all the way up to a 5 series tractor. The forks themselves are so large and heavy that I lose a good portion of my lift capability on the forks themselves. I do not know what the titan forks weigh so I cannot comment on them but I'm sure they all list weight somewhere in their specs.

    Best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    The ability to add a grapple is nice if you're going to buy and use it but, again, will you actually be able to really use them to do useful work with a 1 series?
    Heck yes you can! As long as the grapple (like the forks) are lightweight and well matched to the tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    I don't get the value proposition of spending nearly $1000 for forks that are rated to lift 2-3 times as much as the tractor is capable.
    The value proposition on the Artillian forks is the light weight. With a 1-series, 2-series, and some other tractors every pound on the forks is one less pound you can lift. I've had loads on mine that I could just barely get off the ground. If I had a heavier set of forks it would have been a no-go.

    Granted, if you have a tractor with a loader that can lift 3000 lbs having a set of 400 lb forks is much less of a concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    The ability to add a grapple is nice if you're going to buy and use it but, again, will you actually be able to really use them to do useful work with a 1 series?
    Please check out the Tractor Time with Tim YouTube videos. He demonstrates quite a bit of heavy work being done with the Artillian grapple on a 1-series.

    Many here will recommend going with 42" forks. I went with 36" and I find that I can barely lift one of them and I'm an admittedly corpulent 60-something that can still out lift my athletic sons who actually go to the gym and workout.
    I have the 42" 3-inch forks but originally had the 4-inch Cascade forks which weighed about 80+ lbs each. You don't have to lift fork tines to mount them. Any forklift operator will confirm that has they have forks which weigh hundreds of pounds and no one is lifting them. The trick is to use the notch in the lower bottom rail to unhook the tine and have it resting on something like a 2x4. This will allow you to hook the tine on the top rail and get it into position without lifting it by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichBaxter View Post
    I think you need to consider the weight of the forks you buy as the top consideration. I got forks with the purchase of my 1026R back in 2012. The forks they sold me will fit all the way up to a 5 series tractor. The forks themselves are so large and heavy that I lose a good portion of my lift capability on the forks themselves. I do not know what the titan forks weigh so I cannot comment on them but I'm sure they all list weight somewhere in their specs.

    Best of luck to you.

    Rich Baxter
    The UA Titans I have are 266lbs and cost $494 capacity 4500 lbs
    Artillians are 185 lbs and cost $769 capacity 2300 lbs

    80 lbs difference

    I have no particular attachment to Titan as it was the price more than anything that drove my decision.

    Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    You don't have to lift fork tines to mount them. Any forklift operator will confirm that has they have forks which weigh hundreds of pounds and no one is lifting them. The trick is to use the notch in the lower bottom rail to unhook the tine and have it resting on something like a 2x4. This will allow you to hook the tine on the top rail and get it into position without lifting it by hand.
    That's a good idea! Right now the biggest problem I have is sliding them out to the operating position I want. There is a lot of friction on the top rail from, I assume, the powder coat used on the frame. I think I need to slather that with some grease.

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    Same here only mine were $449 shipped.
    I have not yet encountered a time when an extra 80# capacity would have made the difference. I usually need an extra 500# but of course a 1025 isn't going to do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    The UA Titans I have are 266lbs and cost $494 capacity 4500 lbs
    Artillians are 185 lbs and cost $769 capacity 2300 lbs

    80 lbs difference

    I have no particular attachment to Titan as it was the price more than anything that drove my decision.

    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlKozak View Post
    That's a good idea! Right now the biggest problem I have is sliding them out to the operating position I want. There is a lot of friction on the top rail from, I assume, the powder coat used on the frame. I think I need to slather that with some grease.

    Al
    My forks slide almost effortlessly across the rails, and there is no grease applied to attract dirt and make a mess out of everything. Little things like that are why some of us pay more for our fork sets.
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