3 Things You Should Know About Large Tree Spades

If you’re still moving trees by hand, it’s a pretty long and tedious task that requires lots of hand digging and man hours. We’re here to help you find a better way to move large trees with a tree spade designed for the job. That’s why we created our large tree spades to help save people time, money, and man power when it came to moving trees.

John May started the first design of our tree spade with curvilinear towers and four spoon shaped blades. Our first large tree spades were designed to help get the job done quickly and easily. 40 years later, we’re still the leading manufacturer of large tree spades in the United States. Now a job that used to take days to complete only takes minutes.

Our BIG JOHN tree spade machines are made in America and are durable, proven, and versatile. We have been in the tree spade industry for over 40 years and have a long history of innovation when it comes to making our spades as efficient as possible so we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great large tree spade. We put together the three things you need to know when it comes to finding the best large tree spade for your needs.

Large Tree Spades Save Labor Costs

We’ve specifically designed our BIG JOHN spades to be easy for anyone to use and operate and only require a one-man crew. Instead of digging by hand, our spades can handle trees up to 14” in diameter. We offer multiple sizes of large, truck mounted tree spades for any tree moving application.

Our large spades are designed to be a one-person system that makes the moving process as smooth as possible. Our truck mounted spades have hydraulic water tanks that provide lubrication for tough digging conditions and leveling pads for digging on unlevel terrain. All of our spades come with easy to follow instructions and optional wireless remotes and cameras to make your tree moving experience as seamless as possible.

With a BIG JOHN large tree spade, you don’t need a crew of 5 to 10 people to move a single tree. Instead, with just a few minutes and a one man crew, you can move a tree quickly and easily for less cost.

Large Tree Spades Save Time

It’s no secret that tree spades were designed to save time. Instead of having to spend days hand digging, protecting the roots during the process, and carefully moving a tree, you can move a tree and root ball in just minutes.

Not only do we make our machines easy to use but they are known for their productivity as well. If you’re a seasoned truck mounted tree spade operator, you can do even more digs in less time. The best part? It’s easy to learn how to use our large truck mounted tree spades and you can become a pro in just a few digs.

If you are a professional tree moving service or in the nursery industry, our tree spade trucks will save you time spent digging and moving trees so you can get more done in a less time, making your tree moving season even more profitable.

Large Tree Spades Save Money

Our customers have told us for years that our large tree spades have durability and longevity that beats out our competition. Many customers in the BIG JOHN family have been owning and operating their spades for decades and still use them to this day. We’re proud to be an important part of their businesses that keep running for decades.

BIG JOHN tree spades have a reputation of being built to last and the proof is in the longevity of our machines. Ask any BIG JOHN operator what they love most about our large tree spades and they’ll all agree that they’re tough. Our spades require little maintenance for upkeep and we’ve made sure that maintenance is simple and affordable.

Thinking About Buying a Large Tree Spade?

We are proud to have helped transform the tree moving community with our spades but we’re most proud that we have helped so many BIG JOHN operators succeed over the years.

When it comes to moving large trees, tree transplanting, or digging in tough conditions, BIG JOHN tree spades can help you get the job done. We’re here to help answer your questions about buying a large tree spade, which large tree spade is right for you, and how you can run your tree moving business to be more profitable with a BIG JOHN spade.

Give us a call and find out just how great our customer service is, not just that we make great spades.

Skid Steer Tree Spades: All About BIG JOHN’s Models

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to the high volume needs of a tree nursery. As a tree nursery owner, you’ve probably seen a number of different solutions to digging trees, from inefficient hand digging to skid steer tree spade attachments that aren’t robust enough for the job.

Times are changing thanks to the BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade lineup. Since the launch of our small tree spades a few years ago, we’ve been making a consistent stream of improvements to make our spades more efficient, fast, and durable.

It’s amazing how much quality machinery can impact a business’s productivity and revenue over a lifetime. Whether it’s for easy convenience or for your entire operation, the BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade  line up has a wide variety of tree spades that are made to tackle all of your high volume jobs. 

We took the durability or longevity of our truck mounted tree spades and put it into a smaller, compact package. We designed our skid steer tree spade attachments to dig in prepared ground and to fit a wide range of skid steer loaders.

As the leading tree spade manufacturer  in the United States, we are known to deliver quality and cost effective machinery.

Taking the Best Tree Spade Features To a Smaller Package

It’s no secret that skid steer tree spade machines are considered a “jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to landscaping and nursery digging. The versatility of the skid steer tree spades are what take them to the next level but they have to be equipped to handle the high-speed pace of a volume tree nursery. 

One thing we’ve learned over the years of making tree spades is everyone works in their own style. Customization is essential to getting the job done as quickly and easily as possible. So our spades aren’t one-size-fits-all pieces of equipment. We can add a range of customizations that help getting business done easier. 

Multiple Sizes

Every nursery tends to love one skid steer spade size over another because of the unique needs of their soil conditions and row planting plans. We offer our skid steer attachments in various sizes, give us a call and we will help you find the right solution for your needs.

Blade Type and Number

Our nursery tree spade models are designed for prepared soil but the blade angle, depth, and number can have a big impact on profitability and portability of the root ball. 

Our nursery tree spades come in pointed, semi-truncated, and truncated with 30°, 25°, and 22° blade angles, respectively.  

Wireless Remotes

High volume tree nurseries need everything at their disposal to transplant trees as quickly as possible and wireless remotes are one of the easiest tools to use to make tree moving faster. 

The best part? At BIG JOHN our remote controls are standard equipment, we believe these are so essential to the success of your tree farm that we’ve made them as affordable as possible. We also made the remotes as intuitive as possible to make it easy for anyone to operate a nursery tree spade.

Extra Hydraulic Bays for Accessories

Bigger needs call for even more versatility so we added an extra hydraulic bay to our tree spades for accessories. It all started because a customer needed to move bigger, heavier trees but was having trouble with standard skid steer tree spade. We designed our tree spades to give the flexibility to add on skid steer stabilizers for tougher digs. You can also use the bays for any other accessories you might want to add into your tree moving mix.

Adjustable Leveling Pads

Sometimes you just need to dig a little bit more shallow and that’s where adjustable leveling pads come in. You can easily adjust the leveling pads to short dig with your skid steer tree spade and make a smaller root ball, giving you the versatility of a smaller skid steer spade size.

Heavy Duty Gate Hinges, Durable Slide Blocks & Cold Formed Blades

Above all else, BIG JOHN is known for our durability and long-lasting quality of our spades. Some of our customers are still using the same spade they bought over 40 years ago! We wanted to bring that same durability to our smaller tree spades so we used the same ideas and build quality. This includes heavy duty gate hinges, slide blocks made to last thousands of digs, and cold formed blades for long lasting digging power. 

Adjustable Valve Body Speed

One of the less commonly adjusted features of our spades is adjustable valve body speed. Experienced operators can adjust the speed to move trees faster than the standard speed or to slow it down for new operators getting their feet wet.

The BIG JOHN quick attach tree spade is versatile for almost any job. We have designed our spades with a lot of thought and attention to detail to make our spades the best on the market. Did we mention that we’re often able to get our spades into customers’ hands for cheaper than the competitors, shipping included?

Perfect for Landscaping Jobs

You might find it a bit intimidating when figuring out how fit a skid steer tree spade into your work but they’re surprisingly easy to use. 

Their simple, compact design allows them to be taken almost anywhere with a simple trailer setup for your skid steer and attachment. The machines are light and can be transported from your nursery to your customer’s backyard with ease and are perfect for closely planted trees in a nursery setting.

Our skid steer tree spades are perfect addition for tree farms and landscapers to help get trees out of the ground and headed to the customers.

Affordability is Important 

If you’re comparing spade options, you might be tempted to get a lighter, less robust tree spade attachment. But for high volume needs, be careful—what you pay for is what you get. Our tree spades are made for higher volume and more robust digging needs than lower cost options and are ideal for someone looking to move trees regularly.

Despite that our spades are a mid-range price point, they come with the durability and longevity of a more expensive model. Investing in a small tree transplanters, will help in a nursery or if needed in a growing landscape business to speed up a tree project.

Give us a call to find out what tree spade best suits your needs. We’re happy to share our knowledge of tree spades to help your tree moving experience.