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Loader Mounted Tree Scoop
Transplanting trees up to 4 ft. tall with this home-built tree scoop is as easy as using a loader bucket, according to South Dakotan Paul Redfield, who mounted the scoop on his 8N Ford front-end loader.
The innovative new tree scoop was built by his neighbor, Lee Yaeger, for use on a skid steer loader. "One day he moved about 1,000 2 to 3-ft. tall trees using a skid steer in a field alongside a highway. People kept stopping to see what he was doing. They'd never seen anything like it," says Redfield.
The scoop, made of rolled plate steel, is about 2 ft. across and can dig down 3 to 4 ft. Redfield points it into the ground with the loader and then drives it in by moving the tractor ahead. Then he lifts it out of the ground by tilting the bucket cylinder as he raises the loader.
"It works slick, just like a big shovel," he says. "Does the job of a hydraulic-powered tree spade that would cost $25 per tree to rent."
Redfield says the tree scoop could be built on a custom basis if there's enough interest.  -
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paul Redfield, Rt. 2, Box 50, Madison, S. Dak. 57042 (ph 605 256-3431).

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