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    Default Tree Spade on Front Or Back Of A 6400 John Deere

    Hey guys I'm planing on building another tree spade this time for the John deere tractor/loader.
    I want it to spade a 50" rootball give or take a few inchs
    The tractor that I have is a 85hp JD -6400 and I beleive the back end weighs more than the front end.
    This makes me wonder where to mount the spade on the front loader? or on the 3ph.
    Any thoughts on this are apreiciated.
    Thanks

    Old Pipe.
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    Default Re: Tree Spade on Front Or Back Of A 6400 John Deere

    From the university of Tennessee, home of the World Famous Middle Tennessee Nursery Association. As 50" rootball should weigh about 2,000-2,600 pounds. Of course as the disclaimer states; "Weight will vary with soil moisture, soil type, type of plants, etc."
    Add the weight of the tree spade to the weight of the rootball/tree and you will have you answer.

    The answers to questions I would want to know are:
    Can the JD front end loader handle the job on a continuous basis?"
    And can the 3-point hitch lift the rootball high enough to get the rootball out of the ground without damaging it?

    Caliper Ball Diameter Weight of tree and Rootball Weight of tree and Rootball
    (In inches) (In inches) (In pounds) (In tons)
    1-2 22 260
    2-2.5 24 340
    2-3 28 560
    3-3.5 32 880
    3-4 38 1100 0.55
    4-4.5 42 1500 0.75
    4-5 48 2000 1
    5-5.5 54 2600 1.3
    5-6 60 3100 1.55
    6-7 68 3800 1.9
    Weight will vary with soil moisture, soil type, type of plants, etc.
    Trunk Diameter Ball Diameter Ball Depth Weight of tree and Rootball Weight of tree and Rootball
    (In inches) (In inches) (In inches) (In pounds) (In tons)
    5 50 29 1.6
    http://www.utextension.utk.edu/mtnpi...ll_Weights.pdf

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    Default Re: Tree Spade on Front Or Back Of A 6400 John Deere

    Quote Originally Posted by pjcabrel View Post
    From the university of Tennessee, home of the World Famous Middle Tennessee Nursery Association. As 50" rootball should weigh about 2,000-2,600 pounds. Of course as the disclaimer states; "Weight will vary with soil moisture, soil type, type of plants, etc."
    Add the weight of the tree spade to the weight of the rootball/tree and you will have you answer.

    The answers to questions I would want to know are:
    Can the JD front end loader handle the job on a continuous basis?"
    And can the 3-point hitch lift the rootball high enough to get the rootball out of the ground without damaging it?

    Caliper Ball Diameter Weight of tree and Rootball Weight of tree and Rootball
    (In inches) (In inches) (In pounds) (In tons)
    1-2 22 260
    2-2.5 24 340
    2-3 28 560
    3-3.5 32 880
    3-4 38 1100 0.55
    4-4.5 42 1500 0.75
    4-5 48 2000 1
    5-5.5 54 2600 1.3
    5-6 60 3100 1.55
    6-7 68 3800 1.9
    Weight will vary with soil moisture, soil type, type of plants, etc.
    Trunk Diameter Ball Diameter Ball Depth Weight of tree and Rootball Weight of tree and Rootball
    (In inches) (In inches) (In inches) (In pounds) (In tons)
    5 50 29 1.6
    http://www.utextension.utk.edu/mtnpi...ll_Weights.pdf
    Thanks for that Information and chart, It will be usefull.

    I think now I will be building a 38" to 42" spade....and run it from the loader


    Cheers

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