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Old 04-04-2006, 08:15 PM
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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....
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:21 PM
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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.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:08 AM
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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.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:05 AM
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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.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:57 PM
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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.
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