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We've got another new attachment for our pallet fork frames. This one is a Fronthoe Bucket. It's a great alternative to a $7000+ backhoe. This bucket was originally conceived for digging surgical holes for planting trees and plants, but it is right at home plunging into a pile of boulders or scraping through surface growth. It's great for popping out frost heaved stones and small roots and stumps. Use this to quickly excavate around a large stump to expose the roots.

It can also be quickly flipped upside down on the pallet fork frame for backfilling, scraping, ending a trench, etc.

The uses are limited only by the imagination.

These will work on any Artillian pallet fork frame built after 2010. They can be used on our 2300Lb frames, but for really aggressive use or on larger tractors (i.e. 3000 & 4000 series), we recommend our 3000Lb pallet fork frames. (which are only a few pounds heavier than the 2300Lb frames!!)

They're available for preorder on our website now. Artillian Tractor Attachments

Images and video to come soon.

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Ordered mine. Do I get SN-0001? :laugh:

With shipping, roughly double what the Paumco Spade from Northern Tool costs. But, I think the difference will be well worth it. As pointed out in another thread, the "spade" puts a lot of stress on the forks. This takes this out of the equation.

Once I get it and use it, I'll post up a review of some sort.

Get 'er here quick, Chris!! :usa
 

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This afternoon, we used it to dig a hole in some really bony dirt, transplant a small tree ( been trying to figure out how to get at that one for years), beat it up in pile of boulders, and then drop some mulch right between a couple of plants, at the request of Artillian2. About 30 minutes or so all together.

Will share some footage soon.
 

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Seems you would have more breakout power with this vs a BH??
 

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Looking forward to some video. My only concern is digging depth - I guess the depth will be constrained by the fork frame itself.

We have been slowly transplanting small 2'-3' evergreen trees which is just about impossible for us - I'm sure the Fronthoe will work great for that. But I also would like to see how deep I could dig a ditch with it.
 

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This sure answers my questions on using/abusing the forks to dig holes. This unit should dig exactly what I am looking to dig, mostly holes for trees and plants. How is it with tree roots? I am not sure it would replace the backhoe, but I see it as a very useful addition to my artillian system. The attention to detail and the well thought out functionality of the artillian grapple make this a no brainer, placed my preorder.
 

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I agree with others that want to read a few reviews and watch a video before committing. I'd love the $20 discount which would help pay for shipping, but retirement :gizmo: are tough to come by . . . . maybe you'd extend the discount into August, after a few reviews and video are available? :unknown: I have a trench to dig for a drain line along a new building pad. I usually use my box scraper but this is another, possible better option.
 

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I agree with others that want to read a few reviews and watch a video before committing. I'd love the $20 discount which would help pay for shipping, but retirement :gizmo: are tough to come by . . . . maybe you'd extend the discount into August, after a few reviews and video are available? :unknown: I have a trench to dig for a drain line along a new building pad. I usually use my box scraper but this is another, possible better option.
Yeah - hope the videos come before the discount expires.
 

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Here are a couple of photos for starters.

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typical mounting

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view from the seat

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mounted upside down for back dragging

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first push into the ground

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working it in a rock pile

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honey-do mulch scooping

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honey-done mulch dropping

There's some forthcoming video clippery, which is a bit more juicy.
 

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Seems you would have more breakout power with this vs a BH??
I'm not positive but I think the backhoe wins there. The breakout with these buckets will be close to the same as using the regular loader bucket. The difference is that you can get all of that breakout force way down deep into the ground whereas the bucket can only get a couple of inches down. Still, not positive.
 

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Looking forward to some video. My only concern is digging depth - I guess the depth will be constrained by the fork frame itself.

We have been slowly transplanting small 2'-3' evergreen trees which is just about impossible for us - I'm sure the Fronthoe will work great for that. But I also would like to see how deep I could dig a ditch with it.
This things is AMAZING for transplanting. You'll see soon, buddy. :)

I've tried transplanting saplings with the backhoe. I've destroyed more than I transplanted because the boom/dipperstick destroys everything in the process. Plus, the movement of the bucket tends to disrupt the root ball, shaking much of the dirt loose. This scoop slips right down under the roots and picks up the whole area relatively undisturbed, crucial for the tree's recovery from the move.

Granted, a 2-3" tree is about as big as I would expect to successfully move with this, depending on the type of tree and type of roots (due to the size/type of roots).
 

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This things is AMAZING for transplanting. You'll see soon, buddy. :)

I've tried transplanting saplings with the backhoe. I've destroyed more than I transplanted because the boom/dipperstick destroys everything in the process. Plus, the movement of the bucket tends to disrupt the root ball, shaking much of the dirt loose. This scoop slips right down under the roots and picks up the whole area relatively undisturbed, crucial for the tree's recovery from the move.

Granted, a 2-3" tree is about as big as I would expect to successfully move with this, depending on the type of tree and type of roots (due to the size/type of roots).
Well it will certainly beat a shovel which is how we've been trying. Lucky to get 2 trees a year done.

Our are hemlock trees that are typically 1.5' - 2' tall. Amazing how big a hole you have to dig to get the proper root ball as you say - seems big when you are using a shovel anyway.....and shouldn't be.
 

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:lovetongue: Now that's a great addition to the Artillian system. How long is the bottom lip of the bucket?

I was holding out for the 24" forks for landscaping/transplant work, but this bucket looks like it will work much better, and they look about the same length.

I'm almost ready to convince the wife and pull the trigger on this one.:bigthumb:
 

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:lovetongue: Now that's a great addition to the Artillian system. How long is the bottom lip of the bucket?

I was holding out for the 24" forks for landscaping/transplant work, but this bucket looks like it will work much better, and they look about the same length.

I'm almost ready to convince the wife and pull the trigger on this one.:bigthumb:
This bucket is about 2/3 the length of the Landscaping forks and wouldn't be great for moving 1800 lbs of something flat, but it is probably more versatile for yard work. The 24" forks will be better at prying up old concrete or popping big tree roots, things like that. They're a workhorse. But this bucket will dig holes, obliterate brush, move soil, etc.

We're almost out of this first round of these already. :confused: We'll be getting more going asap.
 

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I wonder what the life of the teeth will be? Perhaps we'll see a Ver. II at some point with a replaceable tooth bar or one with individual replaceable teeth like those on a bucket tooth bar.
 

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A bucket like this is PERFECT for anytime you want to dump any kind of material in a small spot - like filling in a hole or something. Trying to use the standard bucket is always a challenge as typically material gets spread out over the 53" length. I've had some luck trying to dig into a pile with just the corner of the bucket but as soon as the tractor shakes around the material ultimately spreads out.
 

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THANKS, Chris, for posting the pics! I'm super excited about getting SN-0001 of the FrontHoe Bucket as soon as possible!! :yahoo: It looks bigger in the pics than it did in your CAD rendering - which is good! I was hoping to be able to go down about 18" and your "2/3 the length of the landscape forks" comment puts it right in that neighborhood.

Looking at the pics, I'm thinking this might finally be what I need to pop out the honeysuckle around my property. The honeysuckle is generally fairly shallow rooted so I'm hoping I can get under it with this and then use the teeth to grab on to it to drag the honeysuckle where I can gather it up fairly easily for chipping later on.

I have a few other projects in mind around here too! Can't wait to see the juicy "forthcoming video clippery"!!

Let's hurry up and get these things shipping!!
 
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