Big-John Tree Manufacturing, Inc.

Model 42 - Loader Mounted Tree Transplanters



The Model 42DL from BIG JOHN is the most durable 4-Bladed production digger you can find. Featuring all of the rugged design characteristics that make BIG JOHN Tree Spades the most sought after machines on the market. The Model 42DL is designed for production digging, on site digging and landscape jobs. It’s flexible enough to be mounted on a myriad of host vehicles including skid-loaders, wheel loaders and track loaders. Whatever your task, if you have 4” and smaller trees that need to be dug in any conditions, this is the machine for you.

  • Tree Trunk Diameter – 3” –  4”
  • Root Ball Width(Adjustable)- 42”
  • Root Ball Depth(Adjustable) – 38”
  • Root Ball Weight (Approx.) – 1,500 lbs.
  • Total Machine Weight – 2,500 lbs
  • Blade Tower Height (Down) – 60”
  • Gate Opening – 25”
  • Operating Width(Closed)- 64”
  • Number of Spades – 4
  • Hydraulic Gate Lock – Yes
  • Adjustable Hydraulic Pads – N/A
  • Adjustable Mechanical Pads – N/A
  • Spade Material – AR 400
  • Drive System (Min. GPM)- 10 – 16

The Model 42DL comes standard with a conventional 6-section hydraulic valve bank and ROP’s (*) mounting bracket. An Electro-servo valve bank and control panel is available for an additional charge. Please contact your sales representative for specifics.

Attaching plates to mate the BIG JOHN transplanter to the host vehicle come with the purchase of your tree spade. We need to know what host vehicle you are going to use so that we may properly fit the plate. There are some exceptions to this so please discuss with your sales representative your vehicle and its attaching hardware requirements.

Most customers opt to have their loader mount tree spades shipped directly to them. We do on occasion have customers that want to come to Heber Springs to pick the unit up. If you decide to pick your unit up please remember to bring an adequate transport vehicle and plenty of tie down hardware

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