The first Holt tree spade was designed and built by Jack Holt in 1957. At this time Jack was digging and moving trees by hand with 3 helpers. After many calluses and tired backs, Jack got the idea to build a frame work out of flat bar, to keep the root ball in one shape and size. This was the first Holt tree spade. After a friend asked Jack to build him a small trailer mounted tree spade, orders began to trickle then flood in and Jack set up a shop. Jack built himself a fleet of treespades and in his estimates moved approximately a million trees over 43 years. This experience helped Jack design and refine his line of treespades leading the tree moving industry.
After 5 decades of building treespades Jack has chosen to let Holt Industrial take over the 34'-50'rootball size spades for skidsteers and small loaders. Jack felt they could take the spades to a larger market while still maintaining his level of quality in design and manufacturing and also continue to service loyal Holt TreeSpade customers. Jack will continue to serve the needs of larger spades in the 50'-120' range for wheel-loaders, truck mounts, and trailer mounted spades.
Holt Industrial is the direct to user brand of industrial products manufactured by MTB mfg.