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    Default anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    I just built a house, so now is the time for fall landscaping. So I'm thinkin a few trees in the yard, but on Saturday's I would rather watch my Missouri Tigers play football than to be on the end of a shovel digging holes to plant a tree 6-7' tree.
    I am thinkin there must be some sort of spade made that will attach to my FEL, so I can dig a hole easier and faster. Anyone know of such a device? Anyone have one to have opinion on whether they work?

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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    I've seen those for skidsteers, and I believe some one has made one for their FEL.

    http://www.skidsteersolutions.com/Sk...pades_s/10.htm



    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/b...mp-shovel.html

    Would it be possible to rent a post hole digger?
    Century 3035, FEL, RC, RFM, Box Blade, Pond Scoop, Boom Pole, Hay Spear

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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/m...ck-attach.html


    I found this post when looking for pictures of Montana cabs (I am in the process of designing a cab for mine).
    Montana 3940HST
    Home made SS quick attach http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/s...d.php?t=141029

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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    The type MicroPilot shows would work with your FEL. The type mostly seen on skidsteers have 3 hydraulics operated "spears" that surround the tree. This type can be used on tractors but you may need a PTO operated pump as the tractor hydraulics will not handle the flow. Some of the bigger tractors may but most compact types won't.
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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    If you have a sturdy set of forks then consider the Quick Spade. It costs About $150 from Northern Tools. I have one and it works fine for digging holes up to about 4ft deep. It has an advantage over a BH when digging up plants because you can dig under them from the front and it is easy to manuver the tractor around as you dig.

    They also make a version that fits just to the FEL bucket but that one can only dig about 18 inches deep.
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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandTractor View Post
    If you have a sturdy set of forks then consider the Quick Spade. It costs About $150 from Northern Tools. I have one and it works fine for digging holes up to about 4ft deep. It has an advantage over a BH when digging up plants because you can dig under them from the front and it is easy to manuver the tractor around as you dig.

    They also make a version that fits just to the FEL bucket but that one can only dig about 18 inches deep.
    I bought a Quick Spade based on Island Tractor's review (thanks). I had a couple of concerns - would it fit my cheap forks and would it work with a tooth bar - yes to both. It doesn't slide on to my forks for enough to be as secure as I want but it still works great. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Works great for popping stumps out and also good for pickin' the dirt out of the root balls so that I can burn them.








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    Super Star Member IslandTractor's Avatar
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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCobra View Post
    I bought a Quick Spade based on Island Tractor's review (thanks). I had a couple of concerns - would it fit my cheap forks and would it work with a tooth bar - yes to both. It doesn't slide on to my forks for enough to be as secure as I want but it still works great. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Works great for popping stumps out and also good for pickin' the dirt out of the root balls so that I can burn them.







    That's a pretty impressive stump to have dug out with the quick spade. I haven't tried anything that big myself (I have a BH that I bring out for that size project). Nice to know the Quick Spade was up to the task.

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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    This works SOOOooo good... KennyV
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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    I have WR Long's tree spade. It really works great...

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    Default Re: anyone know of a tree spade for FEL?

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyV View Post
    This works SOOOooo good... KennyV

    That is pretty cool. I have seen that brand for the skidsteers but didn't know they made a tractor version.

    Do you have a QA set-up (I don't) or is that made to fit your pin configuration?

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