Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    2
    Location
    Naples, NY
    Tractor
    ISEKI TU 1700

    Default Mechanical Tree Planter

    I am looking for an economical used xnmas tree planter that will fit on my 3 point hitch. Anyone know where I can find one?
    Jim Grant
    1444 Shay Road
    Naples, NY 14512
    585-554-6164

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    6,235
    Location
    central New York
    Tractor
    all makes and models

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Finding a used one might be a bit of a problem. Do you know how big of stock you will be planting? There are differences!

  3. #3
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    320
    Location
    Western Illinois,just this side of heaven
    Tractor
    Kubota L3400 FEL

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Here in Illinois the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts have them for small fees to rent. I do not know what goes in your area. At the $50 per day it is almost cheaper to rent and have a good new one. Just a thought.
    Jim
    L3400 FEL

  4. #4
    Elite Member ToadHill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    2,711
    Location
    Catt county New York
    Tractor
    Kioti DK35, Ford 8N, Oliver Cletrac

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    I have worked with the local boy scout troop for several years. I help them get forestry merit badges, they help me plant trees.
    I can't control my day but I can control my attitude.

  5. #5
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    3,015
    Location
    midwest
    Tractor
    JD 4520, Toolcat 5610, Bobcat S300, Case-IH 125 Pro, Case-IH 245, IH 1086, IH 806

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Quote Originally Posted by johan3400
    Here in Illinois the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts have them for small fees to rent. I do not know what goes in your area. At the $50 per day it is almost cheaper to rent and have a good new one. Just a thought.
    Same in my state. I have used it before. Designed for seedlings. One guy sits on the machine and plants as the other guy drives tractor. Machine is relatively simple. Cuts furrow with blade, spreads furrow slightly, insert seedling, and wheels in back compress furrow shut. Ideally, if you can, then water each tree. It will remove air pockets and water the new seedling. Can plant 400-500 trees in a few hours. I have also used it to plant shrub seedlings.

  6. #6
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    416
    Location
    Ohio
    Tractor
    Have a few of this and that...but I bleed green!

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Consider an old tabacco setter. I was on one when I worked at a nusery in college, we planted a TON of small evergreen seedlings with 4 people. One driving the tractor, two on the seats setting plants (it was a two seater), and the final person was walking behind straightening trees and packing soil with his feet. It worked great!

    Good Luck!!

  7. #7
    Platinum Member davitk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    932
    Location
    South Central Wisconsin

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    I watched a professional tree planting demonstration this summer, looked similar to a tobacco planter with two seats, etc. Said a minimum of 50 hp tractor to pull it.

  8. #8
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    2
    Location
    Naples, NY
    Tractor
    ISEKI TU 1700

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Thanks for the ideas!
    Jim Grant
    1444 Shay Road
    Naples, NY 14512
    585-554-6164

  9. #9
    Gold Member Champy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    429
    Location
    Indiana
    Tractor
    John Deere 990

    Default Re: Mechanical Tree Planter

    Some things to consider as you work through this decision......

    > How many trees are you going to plant each season?
    ....You shouldn't be planting more than you can harvest in one year. Even though it may take 6-8 yrs to reach cutting size, you may not want to have 2000 trees all at 6' tall at the same time. You need to stagger your planting to align with the harvesting demands.

    > Tree spacing?
    .....Don't over plant and have no room for your mowers/equipment to traverse between the tree rows. You can plant upwards of 1100 trees per acre with a roughly 6x6 spacing, but do you want to or do you have more room to use to make working on them easier. And remember that once the tree has been cut down, you may have to deal with the remaining stumps and cutoffs. Spaced too tightly and you'll be doing this by hand.

    > Species breaks?
    .....Don't plant a single species everywhere or all in one location. Break up your planting patterns for variety and growth and disease controls. Most of all don't plant all of one kind together. If for instance you get Spruce rust, it will spread through your whole crop unless you segregate and split the Spruces up by planting white pine; balsams; etc in a patchwork to separate and prevent wholesale spread of possible diseases.


    FYI - My 14 yr old son and I plant 600 seedlings (WhitePine and Norway Spruce) over a weekend by using a subsoiler on the tractor for the first pass cuts, and followed up with a dibble bar for hand planting. Yes it was tough but we got through it and got excellent survival rates over this past dry summer. This Spring we'll be planting about another 1000 seedlings (Balsam & Scotch) using a hand held powered auger (Earthquake 2 stroke engine type). We'll see how that goes versus the dibble bars.

    If you are planting thousands of seedings and developing a commercial tree farm for mass harvesting, then the tree planter is a must. If you are starting a small operation and want to learn as you go without all the expense, there are other ways to jump in for lower cost and volume.
    A life spent making mistakes is more honorable and useful than a life spent doing nothing.

    4BusyDads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.