Dutchman Truncated Tree Spade
Historically, most smaller tree spades were manufactured in a 22-degree, truncated style, meaning the angle of the blades, and the angle of the towers are set at 22-degree. This will allow for a more upright cut on the root ball and allow for a wider bottom base. This style of spade is ideal for shallow-rooted trees and clay-base soil conditions. The clay soil will lock in even when the opening on the bottom of the spade is larger. Due to the wider opening, there is less ability for the spade to downsize to dig smaller root balls. Typically, the 22-degree, truncated spade will allow the operator to dig two sizes of root balls comfortably. Dutchman’s truncated spades can be built from 24” to 33” (inside and outside frames) and are generally built on an order by order basis. Please note that 22-degree baskets must be purchased if you are you use this style of spade.

Scraper Plate Option

Dutchman’s Scraper Plate option is designed to minimize the amount of soil sticking to the blades. The adjustable Scraper Plate design allows the user to set the height of the spade (when digging a smaller root ball) and ensure all the soil stays in the basket. This design is perfect for those clients with extremely sticky soil conditions.
When the plates are removed, the bottom of all Dutchman spades still have the permanent scraper plate mounted to the bottom of the towers ensuring minimal soil stick when digging a full root ball.

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