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Tree dolly help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by manfromearth, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. manfromearth

    manfromearth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I'm looking at a dolly for moving a few container trees. I dabble in growing plants for my landscape operation, not a full scale nursery. Some of the plants I have are in 45 gallon containers (Hemlocks), but mostly 30 gallons (Japanese Maples). I was curious if anyone knew how much a typical 45 gallon container weighs. My soil mix is mostly pine bark mixed with a little top soil and sand. I'm sure the weight would depend on how wet the plant was, so lets say it was watered the afternoon before. The dolly I'm looking at lists an 800 lb. limit, although, after reading a few reviews, I'm not sure I'd trust it with more than about 400-500 lbs. Here is a link to the site: http://www.handtrucks.com/hand-trucks/specialty-hand-trucks/tuffhandlerhandtruck.cfm#ReviewHeader Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Heavy duty with large wheels. I haven't looked at tree dolleys but a delivery of a huge willow with a half a ton root ball brought along a tree dolley...
    Little tiny wheels for going across a soft lawn and rough ground. Talk about engineers being stupid...
  3. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    I think you would want something with larger wheels, something like l this:


    I don't think the one you listed was designed for trees. I good dolly will cradle the round container or root ball, that dolly won't do anything. and the last thing you want is to have a cargo strap rubbing against the bark of a tree as the dolly is rolling around on a bumpy lawn.
  4. manfromearth

    manfromearth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    thanks for the input. The link to the tree dolly is helpful. Shipping is $104, but hey, I'd save that in a couple of hours trying to manhandle 30 gallon+ plant material.

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