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Green Pastures
03-16-2006, 12:33 PM
I have a Cat 257B that I'm using to plant many trees with.

I've been using my pallet forks to move the trees around with but I've seen equipment that mounts on the Cat that has a root ball clamp.

Now when I want on and need one I can't find them anywhere.

Who makes/sells those things and what are they called?

I'VE DONE NUMEROUS SEARCHES here and on Google, so don't get smart please.

NEUSWEDE
03-16-2006, 12:58 PM
Up here we call them tree forks or nursery jaws. Am Leonard has them

http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=njw1

and another option
http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=pg3254

Or even go right to the cat dealer I am pretty sure they have them!

SLSNursery
03-16-2006, 08:47 PM
We use a set on our skid steer. I am thinking about getting a set for a Case 580 we have with quick connect loader arms. They make one that will double as pallet forks and a grabber.

www.nurseryjaws.com

Green Pastures
03-16-2006, 09:47 PM
Any others?

I'm looking more for the one's I've seen before which had root ball shaped cups on the end of the arms as opposed to the long wedge shaped arms without cups on the end.......

Thanks for the links so far!

NEUSWEDE
03-16-2006, 10:23 PM
Any others?

I'm looking more for the one's I've seen before which had root ball shaped cups on the end of the arms as opposed to the long wedge shaped arms without cups on the end.......

Thanks for the links so far!

Look at my second link above in my first post. If that isn't it I don't know what is!

Green Pastures
03-16-2006, 10:31 PM
That thing is for a Toro Dingo...

I have a Cat 257B....

:)

Green Pastures
03-20-2006, 12:21 AM
Bump to the top

Lawnworks
03-21-2006, 04:26 PM
What about a boom attachment? From what I have seen at tree farms, that is what they use. Are the trees not in baskets?

Green Pastures
04-03-2006, 02:44 PM
Yeah the boom is the way to go. Thanks!

Lawnworks
04-03-2006, 06:25 PM
I talked to the tree farm guys last week, and they buy an attachment plate, then make their own boom. Sure beats the heck out of paying 1500-2000 for one.

Green Pastures
04-04-2006, 08:15 PM
Yeah that's exactly what I did, talked to the guy's where I buy me trees. They will make me a boom type tree handler for $700, seems like a nice price considering my Cat pallet forks cost me $900....;)

Lawnworks
04-04-2006, 08:21 PM
Yeah that's exactly what I did, talked to the guy's where I buy me trees. They will make me a boom type tree handler for $700, seems like a nice price considering my Cat pallet forks cost me $900....;)

That is a great deal. Good luck with it.

milanis
10-05-2013, 11:08 AM
I have a Cat 257B that I'm using to plant many trees with.

I've been using my pallet forks to move the trees around with but I've seen equipment that mounts on the Cat that has a root ball clamp.

Now when I want on and need one I can't find them anywhere.

Who makes/sells those things and what are they called?

I'VE DONE NUMEROUS SEARCHES here and on Google, so don't get smart please.

What you're describing is the ProLine Grabber. Googling that will get you more detail.

tenndigger
10-22-2013, 11:05 AM
Tree Equipment Design manufactures a Red Boss that uses paddles to grab rootballs or containers. It also rotates 270degrees to make loading and unloading a one man job. I have used one before it is a very nice piece of equipment but very pricey. Sales pitch is that you will save on labor costs to pay for machine.
Dutchman Nurseries makes TreeRex which is very similar
I have seen ProLine Grabbers before they work very well but not a one man job to load a truck.
I own a set of Nursery Jaws. I can carry and load 3 B&B plants at one time. The Nursery Jaws seem more versatile in doing other jobs also. It is not a one man job to load most of the time. A very good operator can do some loading by himself.
As with most equipment the operator's skill level makes or breaks a piece of equipment. Most of these grabber or pincher machines are much better than basic forks. But if the rootball is extremely wet you can squeeze the rootball too much and deform the rootball. Also while carrying the plant if the operator goes over rough ground the tree top can sway back and forth wallowing the stem in the rootball and making the rootball very sloppy.

milanis
10-25-2013, 08:57 PM
If you want to get a good, objective discussion of the various ball handlers on the market, I'd suggest checking out treenurserytools.com. They go into the pros and cons of all of them and give you some honest insights.