10″ – 12″ Trees

Application: Loaders, Tractors

Robust Loader Mounted Tree Spade for 12" Diameter Trees

The BIG JOHN Model 90DL is a loader mounted version of our most popular model for large tree movers that moves up to a 12” caliper tree. It is a durable, fully contained, one-operator system built to perform in the most rigorous tree moving conditions. Move up to 12" diameter trees in unprepared soil with the durability of a BIG JOHN tree spade on a go-anywhere loader. The low-profile design allows for easier storage and access to tight spaces.

Perfect for sandy soils, our 90DL is ideal for landscapers and tree farms and tree movers in desert conditions. Owners of 90DLs span from New Mexico to Dubai!



Tree Trunk Diameter 10″ – 12″
Root Ball Width (Adjustable) 90″
Root Ball Depth (Adjustable) 60″
Root Ball Weight 11,800 lbs
Total Machine Weight 10,500 lbs
Blade Tower Height (down position) 104″
Gate Opening 72″
Operating Width (Closed) 99″
Number of Spades 4
Hydraulic Gate Lock Yes
Adjustable Hydraulic Pads Yes
Adjustable Mechanical Pads Yes
Spade Material AR5500
Drive System (Minimum GPM) 20 GPM

Meet the 90DL

Control your tree spade with ease using cabled controls or from anywhere with a wireless remote that allows for easy operation.

Correct for trees that have a natural tilt with internal leveling pads that allow you to adjust the spade’s digging position before relocating the tree to its final destination.

Gate hinges designed for stressful conditions, our spades feature heavy-duty gate hinges that beat the competition for longevity.

Our blade edges are the toughest in the business, cutting through not only tough root systems but allowing you to dig in tough soil conditions. Dig in just about any conditions with ease and minimal annual maintenance.

Anyone can learn how to operate a BIG JOHN spade with minimal instruction and successfully dig a tree in a matter of minutes. Maintenance requirements are simple, quick, and affordable with a minimal time commitment to keep your spade at peak performance.

Made with top grade plastics for heavy duty use, our slide blocks dig for thousands of tree moves with ease and simplicity. Fewer moving parts, no bolts to rust, and no small plastic parts to keep track of make the simple design of BIG JOHN spades last decades longer.

Our towers are designed with steps along the inside of the spade to give canopy access during a dig instead of only after the dig when the tree is lowered to the deck.

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