Large job or small, you need the right equipment to make planting easier.
Working harder is not always working smarter. And who wants to make a planting job harder than it is? With the right equipment, you can plant on the nursery property or in a landscape installation and be sure the task has been handled the way it should be.
So if your job calls for planting liners or transplanting and installing large trees, check out the options here. Then get out there and dig!
Moving and planting large specimens? Tree spades from Dutchman Industries are built for the needs of growers, landscape professionals and rewholesalers alike. With a wide range of sizes and configurations, there’s bound to be a spade that’s right for your applications.
After years of extensive research and field tests, Dutchman’s new generation truck spades are here. Built with durability and longevity in mind, the spades are built through state-of-the-art manufacturing, including engineered drawings and computerized stress tests. Dutchman’s new truck spades offer the user paramount performance and speed.
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Truck spades feature shorter towers that allow an operator to travel with the blades up, reducing cycle time and speeding up digging operations. The circular frames’ extra-wide openings can easily wrap around low-branched and multi-stemmed trees, and the frame guides itself around low branches when closing. This also allows the operator more clearance around the tree. Cold-formed blades mean long-lasting performance. Extended blade support lowers stress and torque when the blades are forced into soil.
A locking lift mast virtually eliminates spade movement – an important safety feature – and full decking from front to rear allows the operator to climb on the frame to secure tree branches.
The 66-inch spade is recommended for trunk diameters of 7 inches, rootball weight of 4,000 pounds and a rootball depth of 45 inches. The 90-inch spade is recommended for trunk diameters of 9 to 10 inches, rootball weight of 10,000 pounds and rootball depth of 56 inches. The 100-inch spade is recommended for trunk diameters of 10 to 12 inches, rootball weight of 15,000 pounds and rootball depth of 60 inches.
Visit www.dutchmantruckspade.com for more information.
Using the Type K planter from Timm Enterprises, you can space plants from 235/8 inches to 63 inches apart with a three-gripper wheel. Grippers are driven by a heavy-duty chain from a wheel, providing stability and preventing slippage on challenging soils.
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The Type K planter, manufactured in Denmark by Egedal and distributed in the U.S. by Timm Enterprises, is a heavy-duty machine designed specifically for nursery stock. It’s row-width adjustable and is available for use on one, two or three rows. A heavy-duty coulter disc is positioned in front of the shoe; shoe width can be adjusted from 2¾ inches to 5½ inches. The design helps the shoe to penetrate the soil and prevent “J” roots.
Gripper wheels ensure fast planting with exact spacing, and the steel grippers (with rubber pads) will accommodate stock as large as 47½ inches. They’ll release plants only when the specimens are vertical.
The two-row model weighs nearly 3,000 pounds and requires an 80 horse- power, two-wheel drive tractor, or a slightly smaller four-wheel drive machine.
Visit www.timmenterprises.com for more information.
Hydraulic earth drills from Little Beaver provide torque-free digging that eliminates kickback on a powerful, reversible hydraulic drive. They’re designed for easy transport and maneuverability, so you can plant on challenging properties with limited access.
If you’re working alone, choose the one-man handle option: The 150-rpm motor generates up to 225 foot-pounds of torque, driving augers up to 9 inches in diameter. For more power and higher speeds, an optional 220-rpm motor is available.
A two-man handle is available when you need to plant larger specimens. This option features a standard 150-rpm motor that allows you to dig 10- to 16-inch-diameter planting holes; you can also select a 220-rpm or 125-rpm motor when your project requires greater drilling speed or added torque.
If you’re planting trees and shrubs at a client’s home, Little Beaver’s hydraulic earth drills allow you easy access to the site with a highly maneuverable, three-wheel chassis. One- or two-man handles provide the option for operating alone to plant smaller specimens, or working in tandem to dig wider and deeper.
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Both handle options feature a self- centering control valve that returns the drill to neutral when the handle’s released.
With higher horsepower and the reversibility and convenience of hydraulic drive, Little Beaver’s hydraulic earth drills are suitable for use on challenging rocky or heavy clay soils. A forward/reverse lever provides the safety of removal if the auger hits an obstruction. And convenient front and rear handles make it easy to load the drill on your truck and send you on your way to the next installation.
Visit www.littlebeaver.com for more information.