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It's like a giant furniture mover's dolly for moving trees.
This method works great for trees that a vehicle can't get to.

When there's vehicle access the A-Frame method of tree moving works great . Manual methods work okay for small trees. But I have ten biggish fruit trees to move with no vehicle access. New methods are needed.

This is big heavy stuff. It can fall and crush heads and bodies.
Ropes under tension can snap and fly a long way.
I've seen it happen.  It can cause great damage to people and property.
I saw a broken rope fly through a car breaking back window and windshield. It sounded like a gun.
Don't hurt your back. Trees grow much faster than a back can heal.

Step 1: Or rather, Ancient ones...

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In 1700's England  "Capability Brown" invented this tree moving wagon to improve landscapes for the wealthy.
This image is supposed to be from Samuel Hayes c.1794 but I can't find it in the book.

Exposing the roots and taking as many as you can with you can be a good thing, but don't let them dry out for very long.
SEO-Vancouver4 months ago

This will definitely be interesting when I need to transplant a tree hahahaha

interesting stuff

elizazet7 months ago

always sharing this type of stuff

nice one.

Great one work.

very nice work.

i like your work..

just one word beutiful :)!!!!!!!!

johnsonpaul10 months ago

great work

GrahamAbbey11 months ago

good thinking


GrahamAbbey11 months ago

good thinking


haan .. so thats how you carry a live tree safely..

just one word-stunning :)

HarryLaine1 year ago

just one word beutiful :)!!!!!!!!

beatuful work !

Briandeano1 year ago


mp4movies1 year ago

lovely stuff

katmckee5 years ago
Hey this is nifty! The tree looks comfortable and secure.
Are those the solid wheelbarrow tires? I finally got some and love them.
TimAnderson (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
pneumatic, I think from harbor freight. One wheel's bearing tube was too wide and one was too short, so I did a cut-and-graft welding operation to make them match.
Harbor freight makes some good stuff, bought a trailer from them, hauled over 2000 pounds multiple times. Strong material. 
TimAnderson (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
A great place but erratic. Prices and quality all over the place. Some is very high quality and low price, but those things tend to hypnotize me and then I get some of the other stuff also. Some of the stuff is very weak. I bought a dozen grip-clamp thingies there once that all died in a few months. When I was buying them I had my doubts, asked the counterman if they got returned much. He said he'd never seen one returned. I forgot to ask how long he'd worked there :).
The no longer sell those. The wheels are tricky. The wheelbarrow wheels with bulged sides (don't know how else to say it) are very strong. The similar looking flat sided hand truck wheels can't take a side force. I've seen them break in a few hours of landsailing.
Wholesale tool is similar to harborfreight, but with mostly machine shop tools.
They used to have micrometers cheap enough to use for C clamps!.
Too bad they aren't in California.
Sorry I haven't gotten back to you, I was in the middle of buying a new laptop after trading my old one. We bought a handtruck a long time ago I think from home depot, hard plastic wheels with metal rims, that thing has moved industrial freezers, AC units, big work benches, and tons of other stuff, with the help of straps of course. No failures yet. I don't know how we would have ever moved without it. Wow, California doesn't have a Harbor Freight?
TimAnderson (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
oops! I guess that was ambiguous. There's Harbor Freight here, but Wholesale Tool is only in the east half of the country. There are two Harbor Freights near me. One is an hour north, one is an hour south. What were they thinking??!!
I want one right here!!
shahabg5 years ago
there are specially made hand trucks called ball carts that are used for the purpose of moving trees with root balls. you should check one out and adjust your design. rather than being flat they are curved. the curve in the design helps to keep the root ball in place and easier to handle. http://www.bissettnursery.com/Hardgoods/Images/Misc_Wheeled/Ball-Cart-BBC.jpg
the above link has an image that will explain what I mean.
TimAnderson (author)  shahabg5 years ago
Looks like they're made for trees already out of the ground or already in pots,
But you could add a mast for hoisting. The axle looks pretty strong. No prices on that site, elsewhere similar things seem to be $300-$600.
The wide tires look good. I wonder how strong the wheels are.
I would have used golf cart or lawn tractor wheels and bearings if I'd had them. The wheelbarrow wheels I used are great, but a wider footprint might be good for soft ground.
TimAnderson (author)  shahabg5 years ago
I think I'll do air spade next. What do you think of that method?
CaseyCase5 years ago
Tim's got some cajones to be such a pasty white guy sporting that mariachi lovin' sombrero in public. My man!
kenbob5 years ago
I used a conventional hand truck ( sort of mini version of this setup) to move a set of large blueberry bushes.  (3' diameter root balls).  I ended up digging ramps down to the root ball level to get the platform below the level of the root balls. 
Lots of work, but it worked great. 
Love the design of this tree mover.