Step 6: Anchor and Guy, Ready for Planting

Here's the dolly rigged over the planting hole.
I pounded the hook into  the ground with a sledge hammer and some wiggling.
I tied the guy line to the hook. The curved hook is a lot easier to get out than a straight stake. Wiggling it enlarges the whole hole so it pulls right out.

When we untied the tree it swung to the right and the dolly started to tip. So we blocked up one end of the 2x4 under the dolly frame.

<p>Sweet! The feel, moment</p>
<p>This will definitely be interesting when I need to transplant a tree hahahaha</p>
<p>interesting stuff</p>
<p>always sharing this type of stuff</p>
<p>nice one.</p>
<p>Great one work.</p>
<p>very nice work.</p>
<p>i like your work..</p>
<p>just one word beutiful :)!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>great work</p>
<p>good thinking</p><p>...</p>
<p>good thinking</p><p>...</p>
<p>haan .. so thats how you carry a live tree safely.. </p>
<p>just one word-stunning :)</p>
<p>just one word beutiful :)!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>beatuful work !</p>
<p>lovely stuff</p>
Hey this is nifty! The tree looks comfortable and secure.
Are those the solid wheelbarrow tires? I finally got some and love them.
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.<br />
Harbor freight makes some good stuff, bought a trailer from them, hauled over 2000 pounds multiple times. Strong material.&nbsp;
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 :).<br /> 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. <br /> Wholesale tool is similar to harborfreight, but with mostly machine shop tools.<br /> http://www.wttool.com/info-exec/view/store_locations/<br /> They used to have micrometers cheap enough to use for C clamps!.<br /> Too bad they aren't in California.<br />
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?
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??!!<br /> I want one right here!!<br />
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 <br /> the above link has an image that will explain what I mean.<br />
Looks like they're made for trees already out of the ground or already in pots,<br /> 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.<br /> The wide tires look good. I wonder how strong the wheels are.<br /> 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.<br />
thanks! <br /> I think I'll do air spade next. What do you think of that method?<br />
Tim's got some cajones to be such a pasty white guy sporting that mariachi lovin' sombrero in public. My man!
I used a conventional hand truck ( sort of mini version of this setup) to move a set of large blueberry bushes.&nbsp; (3' diameter root balls).&nbsp; I ended up digging ramps down to the root ball level to get the platform below the level of the root balls.&nbsp; <br /> Lots of work, but it worked great.&nbsp; <br /> Love the design of this tree mover.<br />

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