Model 74 Low Profile
Holt Tree Spades has taken pride in the manufacturing of tree
movers since 1957.
The tree moving industry has become a very important part of the world today.
With experience as a tree mover Jack has manufactured tree
spades that will
dig in all kinds of
soil; sand, dirt and gravel.
Restored Hand Digger
The first Holt tree spade was designed and built
by Jack Holt in 1957. At this time
Jack was digging trees by hand with 3
helpers. They would use 4 hand spade
shovels. Each man would push his shovel into
the ground to form a cone, and then
they would lift the 12" diameter root
ball out of the ground. After many calluses and
tired backs Jack got the idea to
build some sort of frame work out of flat
would keep the
root ball in
one shape and size. This was the first Holt tree spade.
In 1964 a friend asked Jack to build him a small trailer mounted tree spade,
after this the sale of others started, it took 5 years for enough request to set
up a shop. As of today Jack has developed and manufactured over 50 different
models of tree movers. What started at the
ground level has advanced to the highest level and technology
in the world
built a fleet of tree movers for himself. Over the
years Jack moved approx. 1,000,000 trees, this has given him the
is required to build an efficient tree mover.
Around the world other companies have copied Jack's
technology and never change it. This is due to they are copiers not inventors;
most have never moved a tree. With the tree mover experience Jack is advancing
his tree spades to keep up with what the tree moving industry needs.
Holt Tree Spades Ltd. Builds 16" up to
144" root ball. Loader mounts up to 104",
skid steer mounts up to
52", excavator mounts up to 74", truck mounts up to 94",
truck mounts have been equipped with a side shift and in out sliders for perfect
centering. Trailer tree spade mounts up to 144", with or with out steering axles, articulated
frames and in/out slider frames. All tree spades are built to fit the customer and
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