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So I'm planning on ordering a set of artillian forks for my 2520 pretty soon (btw, I love the horse blinders for the work lights). I'm going to get the standard forks with it (these will work perfect for my construction-related projects - moving stuff around, etc..), but would like to also get a set of landscape forks (these look awesome for getting under stuff and breaking it out). My question is, how hard is it to swap the forks out on the mount? It looks like you just slide the forks off of the ends of the mount and then I'd just slide the other set on?

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Hello our friend near Mecca (OshKosh),

The forks are meant to be mounted at the middle of the frame. There is a notch in the lower rail for this purpose. One could also slide them off of the ends, but it is not suggested as they tend to bind up when they are half way off if they are tilted, which is almost inevitable.

I personally keep both sets of forks on hand for my own uses as well. They are stored on a platform. I just pull up to the platform, tilt the forks down about 35-45 degrees, lift the latch and slide a fork to the middle, swing it out and lift it off, set it on the platform, grab one of the other forks, set it on the rail and slide it out to the side. Then repeat for the other fork. It's a breeze that takes less than a minute to complete. I really should make a video of this...

Just to mention, the landscaping forks are getting low on stock. More are being ordered, but it takes a while to get them. They seem to be getting more and more in demand lately which is great because they are my favorite forks!

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Thanks, Chris!

That method for changing out the forks sounds really easy. I'm hoping to spend some of my year end bonus on a set and I'm definitely going to order the landscape forks as well. I'm hoping to be able to get the backrest too, but if I have to wait on that, do I have to do much to install it later?

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P.S. - I'm guessing you're and airplane fan too. Do you get to come out for Airventure much?
 

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Thanks, Chris!

That method for changing out the forks sounds really easy. I'm hoping to spend some of my year end bonus on a set and I'm definitely going to order the landscape forks as well. I'm hoping to be able to get the backrest too, but if I have to wait on that, do I have to do much to install it later?

Thanks,
Dan

P.S. - I'm guessing you're and airplane fan too. Do you get to come out for Airventure much?
Dan,

The backrest is designed to be easily installed by anyone with an electric drill and about 30 minutes of free time. I imagine the hardest and most time consuming part of the work is finding your tools and getting set up.

As for the airshow, I've only been one time and it was back when I was working at one of the big headset companies tending the booth. What I did get to see/do was great fun and I will surely go again some day. Flying is my most favoritest thing..that I don't get to do anymore. I used to really enjoy going for $100 hamburgers though I'm guessing nowadays they are probably called $200 hamburgers :thumbsdown:.
 

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All that time finding/clicking all those smileys could have been better used making that video :lol:
 

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Taking a set of forks off takes less than 20 seconds and is easily self explanatory when you see them, a video might be a sales tool but really is superfluous . These are very well thought out to maximize use and flexibility and minimize time spent installing and or swapping components. I am glad I didn't have to pay shipping on my set but after using them I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
 

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Taking a set of forks off takes less than 20 seconds and is easily self explanatory when you see them, a video might be a sales tool but really is superfluous . These are very well thought out to maximize use and flexibility and minimize time spent installing and or swapping components. I am glad I didn't have to pay shipping on my set but after using them I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
Thanks Manomet and I'm really glad to hear everything is working well for you. You should come check out the new 2in Receiver Adapter some one of these days. It's built like a tank. How is the one you made doing for you? (I hope I'm remembering the right person/attachment).
 

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I wanted to take advantage of your black friday sale but was buying a new truck instead so it will have to wait awhile. Short forks is next on my list as well as a set of plates for a project I have in mind. I will see you during the spring/summer. How is the Grapple coming?
 

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I'll second the premise that the forks go on and off of the frame easily. Tilting the forks down for installation/removal and adjustment makes it all go very smoothly. There is an "optimum angle", and you'll determine what it is after about two tries.

As for the forks overall, they are absolutely the most useful attachment I have. Unless I have to move mulch, gravel, dirt, etc., the bucket is never on my loader.

When I bought the tractor, my wife was not on board (I sold a one season old riding mower and walk-behind snowblower to buy a complete tractor setup). She didn't fight me or object, but she also wasn't convinced that it was a purchase we needed to make. In a recent conversation with her (about 18 months removed from the purchase), she commented yet again just how useful the tractor is to us and how much she appreciates how much work the tractor does with Chris' forks.

I have sold yet another item (snowmobile) that I used the loader to put into the truck of the purchaser. I move pallets of split firewood (I cut, split, and stack directly onto pallets). I load and unload firewood logs and other materials on/off of my equipment trailer. I will be moving pallets of "Eco Bricks" (getting a few pallets for overnight burns) soon. I pick up sticks / branches from the yard and move them to the burn piles. I used the forks yesterday to grab the snowblower out of the shed and bring it up to the garade and then to move the mowing deck into the shed.

I use the forks probably 95% of the time (the other 5% is mostly the snowblower) when I'm using the loader.
 

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I wanted to take advantage of your black friday sale but was buying a new truck instead so it will have to wait awhile. Short forks is next on my list as well as a set of plates for a project I have in mind. I will see you during the spring/summer. How is the Grapple coming?
Manomet,

There have been a lot of changes taking place behind the scenes which have had an effect on new design development. In the long term, it is going to be better, but this past fall has been sucked up by these other things. I'm shooting for spring time at this point for the grapple(s).
 

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Im surprised Chris has NOT mentioned Vanilla Candle wax!!! :laugh:
Seriously though, it does help sliding, and tilting down does as well....
 

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Thanks for all of the info, everyone! I've got my forks on order!! :yahoo: I'm really excited to get them and start playing around. I went with the 42" forks and a set of landscape forks. I figure I'll use the 42" ones most of the time, but the landscape forks look like they'll be awesome for a few tasks around my property. I'll put up a picture of them on the tractor once they get here.

Thanks again,

Dan
 

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Im surprised Chris has NOT mentioned Vanilla Candle wax!!! :laugh:
Seriously though, it does help sliding, and tilting down does as well....
Formula,

When I first read this, I figured that you must be an owner from the earlier days. Candle wax is the perfect maintenance lubricant for the bare steel and those little candles are a great size for holding and applying to the fork rails. In fact, they were used during packaging on outgoing frames for a while. And since a scent of some sort had to be chosen, vanilla was the one. We used to wonder what guys must have thought when they opened the shipping box at first. In fact, now that I think of it, I believe we used to insert a note saying that the scented candle wax was a mechanism to temporarily subdue their wife from revolting about their purchase. :laugh: We tractor owners have to stick together! :laugh:
 

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Formula,

When I first read this, I figured that you must be an owner from the earlier days. Candle wax is the perfect maintenance lubricant for the bare steel and those little candles are a great size for holding and applying to the fork rails. In fact, they were used during packaging on outgoing frames for a while. And since a scent of some sort had to be chosen, vanilla was the one. We used to wonder what guys must have thought when they opened the shipping box at first. In fact, now that I think of it, I believe we used to insert a note saying that the scented candle wax was a mechanism to temporarily subdue their wife from revolting about their purchase. :laugh: We tractor owners have to stick together! :laugh:
Sounds to me like the forks had one last night out on the town :beer: before settling down with their new family. :preggers:


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Well, the forks arrived today and they are awesome!! Thanks for the great product and quick shipping, Chris. Here are a few pics of them (no, I don't plan to use all of the forks at the same time :lol:) I figured I'd just get it all together and put it into my truck with my forklift (at work) and hook on to them as a group with the tractor (at home). :drinks: Here's a couple pics:
 

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