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Ball and burlap tree moving/handling equipment?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Green Pastures, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    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....;)
  2. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    That is a great deal. Good luck with it.
  3. milanis

    milanis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

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

    tenndigger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    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.
  5. milanis

    milanis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    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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