Which Skid Steer Tree Spade Blade Configuration is Right for You?

Which Skid Steer Tree Spade Blade Configuration is Right for You?

If you’re a nursery owner, you probably have spent plenty of time figuring out what transplanting methods work best for you. Different skid steer attachment blade configurations can help you get the job done. If you are in the market for a BIG JOHN Tree Spade, we offer different tree digger options to fit your unique needs. 


Not sure which skid steer tree spade blade configuration is right for your needs? We’re here to help with more information about how to choose the right skid steer tree spade blades for your needs.


The Right Skid Steer Blade Configuration to Get the Job Done


If you’re in the business of tree transplanting or moving, you know that each job is unique and may require a variety of different equipment. We offer three different blade options to accommodate tree moving methods and soil conditions to give our customers the durability and versatility they need.


Pointed Blades


Our pointed blades are an “all purpose spade” for all types of soils.  These durable cold formed blades shear tap roots and work excellent in very sandy soils. They come at a 30 degree angle, which makes the bottom of them more narrow, minimizing the amount of soil that is lost when transplanting trees. 


Truncated Blades


Our 22 degree cold formed truncated blades are designed for use in prepared nursery ground.  They perform well in harder clay type soils. These blades have a wider bottom base. They produce a beautiful pot-shaped ball and make it easier to basket & burlap a tree.


Semi-Truncated Blades


If you are looking for a heavy duty compact machine, our BIG JOHN semi-truncated blades might be the right fit for you. Our semi-truncated blades come at a 25 degree angle on the tower and blades alike. Semi-Truncated blades are designed for nursery digging and easy transfer to flat bottom baskets. 


Our Blade Options for Skid Steer Tree Spade Attachments


BIG JOHN has been in the tree spade industry for over 40 years and we have consistently updated and improved our tree spade quality for our customers. Our skid steer tree spades offer the same kind of durability and reliability as our big spades we’re best known for. However, our high quality skid steer spades are adaptable and ready to dig in any prepared soil. 


We offer several customization options to fit your tree nursery needs. Our tree spade customizations and attachments for skid steers include: 


  • Size
  • Number
  • Shape
  • Position of blades
  • Hydraulic stabilizers
  • Adjustable leveling pads. 


Our skid steer tree spades come in 28, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50, 52, 54, 58 and 60 inches and can be customized to attach to small wheel loaders and telehandlers. Our 3 point tractor mounted blade options come in pointed, truncated & semi truncated. 


Regardless of what your needs may be, anyone can operate a BIG JOHN tree spade with ease. 


Need help figuring out which tree spade is right for you? Our BIG JOHN team can help! Contact us today to talk to one of our reps that can help explain options and what may suit your needs best.