We got used on watching impressive examples that are coming from Australia, whether it is some jaw-dropping and fast as hell muscle monster, or some huge and powerful truck, or totally insane buggy, but the one that you are going to see in the posts below, is a little bit different. It is definitely not like most of the trucks we are showing you on a regular basis, but nevertheless, I think that it is really interesting and intriguing, and I believe it deserves to be presented. It is a Tree Transplanting truck!
Planting a small, several -year -old tree is a small problem. Worse, if you need to move a few dozen years old, for example in connection with the reconstruction of the road. That’s when specialized equipment is useful.
Basically, the exaggeration machine looks like an ice cream spoon mounted on a truck or tractor (depending on the size).
This tree transplanting truck is equipped with a machine that does all the digging by itself. The machine is kind of spade mounted on the truck. It digs out the root ball and the tree, lifting it successfully onto the back of the truck. Then the removal seems to be a piece of cake. Very extraordinary, we are sure you have not seen anything like it. It relocates all kinds of trees to their new destination without any difficulties.
TREE Transplanting TRUCK has a full complement of mechanical tree moving equipment capable of digging up to a 225 mm (9″) caliper trunk size. By following strict criteria with regard to size or conditions, the survival rate is over 95%. Much of the success depends on site conditions and the after-care provided by the owner, primarily the water drainage and nutrient requirements.
Tree Moving Criteria
1. Measure the diameter (circumference/3.14) of the trunk 150mm (6″) above the base to determine tree spade size. Trees over 9″ diameter can not be moved.
– Small trees under 80 mm (3″) use a 42″ spade (on 4WD backhoe)
– Young trees under 100mm (4″) use 48″ spade (on skidsteer track machine)
– Medium size trees up to 110 mm (4.3″) use 60″ spade (on single axle truck )
– Large trees up to 225 mm (9″) use 90″ spade (on tandem axle truck)
2. All your underground utilities must be located to ensure that it is safe to dig.
3. Check access requirements. Is there enough turn space to access the tree and the planting location? A minimum of 12 ft. is required for truck access.
4. Preparations include pre-watering the tree, when practical, (especially large evergreens during dry spells) and having a water source available. Frequently branches must be wrapped and tied prior to digging to prevent damage, or tarped for highway travel.
5. Following the relocation of the tree(s) it is beneficial to place a soil ring or well around the circumference to eliminate air pockets, and to mulch the root ball area with wood chips etc… A regular watering schedule is critical to ensure survival of the tree for the following year especially during dry summer months.
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