1″ – 4″ Trees

Application: Loaders, Skid Steers, Tractors

Move Smaller Trees in Tough Conditions

Whatever your task, if you have 4” and smaller trees that need to be dug in any conditions, this is the machine for you.

The 42DL Loader Mounted Tree Spade gives you the full capabilities of a robust BIG JOHN tree spade made for digging in unprepared soils in a flexible size. Designed to fit on large skid steers and smaller loaders, the 42DL features the robust blade design of our larger tree spades.

The Model 42DL comes standard with an electric valve bank and wireless remote as well as additional specifications listed below.



Tree Trunk Diameter 1″ – 4″
Root Ball Width (Adjustable) 42″
Root Ball Depth (Adjustable) 38″
Root Ball Weight 1,500 lbs
Total Machine Weight 3,000 lbs
Blade Tower Height (down position) 60″
Gate Opening 25″
Operating Width (Closed) 64″
Number of Spades 4
Hydraulic Gate Lock Yes
Adjustable Hydraulic Pads No
Adjustable Mechanical Pads No
Spade Material AR500
Drive System (Minimum GPM) 10 – 16 GPM

Meet the 42DL

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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