Tree Spade Rentals

The tree nursery industry requires the use of specialized equipment to operate efficiently. If you need to relocate trees or large plants, a reliable tree spade is an essential tool. Transplanting large bushes and smaller trees is a challenging job that you shouldn't attempt to do by hand. A tree spade is a specialized piece of equipment that makes the task so much easier. Using a tree spade saves time when relocating trees and bushes and minimizes the risk of damage to the foliage and root system. You'll find these machines at nurseries and a variety of forestry and landscaping job sites. 

If you only need a tree spade now and then or for seasonal applications, renting can often provide the most cost-effective solution. The Cat® Rental Store is your one-stop headquarters for Vermeer tree spade rental units that can meet your temporary equipment needs. We have more than 1,300 locations worldwide to serve you.

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How Does a Tree Spade Work?

A typical tree spade design comprises a series of blades that completely encircle the bush or tree. The spade digs into the ground and lifts the tree in its entirety, including the root system and soil (referred to as the "tree ball.") The machine operator can then transport it to a new location for transplanting. Spades come in multiple sizes and configurations to accommodate a variety of trunk and tree ball diameters and ball depths. Units with straight or curved blades are available. 


Tree spade rentals from The Cat Rental Store can save your business labor hours and money out of pocket.

Tree spades are ideal for industries like landscaping, agriculture, recreation and more. The spade encircles a bush or tree with straight or curved blades and digs into the ground. Then, the spade lifts the roots and soil of the tree for transplanting to another location. 

The root system and soil are commonly known as a "tree ball." Tree spades come in a variety of sizes with different functionalities. Vermeer designs various spade models to match tree balls with different diameters and depths.

There are several key advantages to using a tree spade rental for transplantation:

  • Saves time: Without a tree spade, workers would have to manually dig a trench around the tree or bush and attempt to dig out the root system by hand. This is a time-consuming process that requires skilled labor. A tree spade can do the job faster and with fewer laborers.
  • Minimizes the risk of damage: Tree spades increase the likelihood of a clean, efficient extracting, transporting and transplanting process, which contributes to a higher survival rate for transplanted trees. Using this tool also reduces the chance of damaging the surrounding trees, bushes and plants.
  • Preserves the environment: Using a spade to relocate trees offers a more eco-friendly alternative to cutting them down. It also enables the transportation and transplantation of trees planted in a nursery to a permanent location where they can provide a host of environmental and aesthetic benefits.
  • Greater safety: Transplanting with a tree spade rental protects the life of the tree since it yields a clean, effective cut. The precision also helps protect the surrounding plants from damage.
Choose The Cat Rental Store for your tree spade solution to get top-of-the-line rental equipment and the exceptional service and support you've come to trust.

What Is the Best Time to Consider a Tree Spade Rental?

A tree spade rental enables you to meet the demands of a special project or get a quick replacement for broken-down equipment. If cash is tight, but you need a tree spade right away, renting will provide a solution that preserves your business capital. Renting is also an excellent way to add to your fleet when your workload increases. And if you're on the fence about whether to purchase a specific tree spade, a rental allows you to try it out before you buy.


The Cat Rental Store wants to help you succeed with your tree spade rental, and picking the correct spade for your situation is essential. 

The main step is to identify what size spade you need to dig and transplant your tree. The solution is a 1-to-10 ratio — simply multiply a tree trunk's diameter by 10 to figure out the necessary size for the tree spade's clod. 

For example, a trunk diameter of 4 inches needs a 40-inch clod. It is important to remember that you should measure 6 inches up the trunk from ground level for most trees. If a tree has a diameter larger than 4 inches, you should measure 12 inches up the trunk.

Questions? The Cat Rental Store team is here to walk you through selecting the tree spade that best fits your project.

Why Should You Rent From Us?

Besides offering high-quality, thoroughly inspected equipment from Caterpillar and other leading manufacturers, the Cat Rental Store delivers top-notch service. We'll work with you to create a flexible daily, weekly, monthly or long-term rental arrangement that meets your needs and budget. We'll also take care of maintenance and repairs, including on-site emergency service to minimize downtime.

Find your tree spade solution from one of our local dealers for high-quality equipment and expert assistance.

The Cat® Rental Store Can Help You Explore All Your Tree Spade Rental Options

The equipment experts at the Cat Rental Store can help you select the ideal tree spade rental. Give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT or contact us online to rent whatever you need today from the people who do whatever it takes.

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