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engine hoist for shrubs......my results

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jonnyz37, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. jonnyz37

    jonnyz37 LawnSite Senior Member
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    hey guys....i tried to use an engine hoist to remove some shrubs. First up was a several years old burning bush with a base structure at least 16" across. The hoist was almost new and rated to lift at least 2 tons. So what do you think happened? the burning bush won that battle...easilly. the hoist had no shot. I bent one of the legs up trying to hoist that shrub out. So i ended up using my truck to pull it out. My 5k truck had to work to pull that sucker out. The root ball was around 200 pounds when she came out. Wow...i couldnt believe it. I really thought the hoist would do the job.

    So now to the next question.......is using my truck my only option for pulling the difficult shrubs out? Do you guys have any secrets your willing to share?
  2. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
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    Read the replies to your previous post
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a sweet spade.
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  6. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Shovel, pick, axe, chain or strap, and truck is what I use. And obviously for large size stumps we bring in the excavator to dig out
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  7. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
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    Thanks for posting that tool looks excellent for the job never heard of it before.
  8. jonnyz37

    jonnyz37 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The dynadigger looks awesome. What do you guys think? Would this dynadigger be enough to help loosen stumps less than 15" in diameter? I guess im asking if you guys think this thing could sever the roots of trees enough for me to pull them out with a truck? Clearly this thing can handle any shrubs, so that might be enough for me to pull the trigger and buy one.
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    We use one for palm trees and rock. Believe it or not we have a ton of rock here in Florida. :dizzy: I have removed some oaks 8" DBH without issues. I got the idea from watching a landscaper remove some palms. It would have taken my crew 5 hours to dig it out. They removed this 35ft tall queen palm in 15 mins.
  10. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Interesting. It looks like a small jackhammer (demolition hammer sized) with a spade attachment, and self contained engine. Like all these these things were made to go together. What a great idea!

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