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lambkota acres
Posted 1/14/2012 15:57 (#2161651)
Subject: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?


hazel, sd
what should i be looking for one one of these? a truck mounted unit looks like the way to go vs. a trailer. is this right? what size is practical?
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movinahead
Posted 1/14/2012 16:23 (#2161677 - in reply to #2161651)
Subject: Re: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?


Red River Valley
http://www.big-john.com/images/used/65DKW03.jpg

Friend of mine built one a lot like this, found the spade used and put it on the truck for under $30k. Has had a lot of people asking to move trees now though, bad and good thing. He moved a bunch of 30ft tall pine trees with no isses, book says he can move up to a 12" diameter tree.

Edited by movinahead 1/14/2012 16:24
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RickB
Posted 1/14/2012 16:24 (#2161681 - in reply to #2161651)
Subject: RE: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?



New York's Hudson Valley
Have seen SSL mounted, tractor mounted, and truck mounted; never a trailer mounted around these parts. Sold one to go on a International 350 one time, have seen them on twin screw truck chassis where the truck was not too big.
The most practical size is the one big enough to move the trees you need moved. CareTree is a popular & respected brand of small & medium sized spades.

Edited by RickB 1/14/2012 20:41
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JohnW
Posted 1/14/2012 17:42 (#2161772 - in reply to #2161651)
Subject: RE: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?


NW Washington
I think Vermeer has been in the tree spade business longer than anyone in the US. http://www2.vermeer.com/vermeer/NA/en/N/equipment/tree_spades

Digging Dutchman used to be painted on their equipment.
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Newguy
Posted 1/14/2012 17:49 (#2161779 - in reply to #2161651)
Subject: RE: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?



Renville Minnesota

Ive had 3 different spades in the last 13 years.....      You have to ask yourself what you want to do with one.

Have it for personal use?    =  30-44"    skid loader or trailer type

Have one for both personal and a little side job?   30-60"  skid loader or trailer type or single axle truck mounted

Quit what im doing now and go into full time business?   90" spade on a double axle truck  is forget what your doing and get going time.

If money is no object, then my rules do not apply. 


Largest issue here is the best time to move trees is when your either in the planter tractor or the combine.    Evergreens are a bit more forgiving.


Good luck 

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radman1
Posted 1/15/2012 09:15 (#2162758 - in reply to #2161779)
Subject: RE: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?


Agree. I have a 44" vermeer on a trailer and a 36" skid loader mount. Need truck or trailer to move down the road. Skid loader mount is faster for short distances. Truck would probably be quicker to backup and use than a trailer. However, I can use the trailer on the tractor and get into tighter spaces.
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lambkota acres
Posted 1/15/2012 10:25 (#2162882 - in reply to #2162758)
Subject: Re: anyone usuing a hydraulic tree spade?


hazel, sd
would a correct rule of thumb be to divide the spade width by 10 to determine the size of tree you could move based off of the diameter of the trunk? for example, a 44" spade would move a tree with a 4-5 inch trunk?
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