When buying a Dutchman Spade it is important to note that you are buying from the people who know the industry best. This means that we are not committed to making a sale; instead, we make it a habit to ensure that you buy the right spade for your application. If your spade needs to be altered of changed slightly to meet your nursery requirements, we can accommodate. Below are answers to facts or concerns and are crucial to know when buying your tree spade.

We Built It For Ourselves First. ^ Back to Top
As a nursery ourselves, we wanted to produce a spade that had everything. We wanted to be sure that it met everything that others were lacking. Even though some spades were beneficial in some cases, they could be detrimental in others. The goal was to find a design that would give us the best possible production in all cases. The result was the Dutchman.

We ARE A Grower Ourselves!. ^ Back to Top
To be a grower is to understand trees, soils, root structure, packaging and all other small details that make up the eventual sale of a tree. It is our goal to ensure that you get the right type and size of spade to complete your overall goal. Sometimes, that may mean recommending a smaller spade, or a larger spade than initially thought. This may also translate to more information than expected but it is vital in ensuring you receive the spade your really need.

Are You Tired Of Clipping Roots From Your Spade Blades? ^ Back to Top
The Dutchman spade shears virtually every root, every time. Even the toughest locust trees are no match for the Dutchman blades. The Dutchman blades are designed to follow their straight-line travel path every time they are pushed into the ground. Any unforeseen obstacles will be shifted as the blades pass so as to ensure blade overlap for years and years.

No Maintenance Or Adjustments ^ Back to Top
All of our spades are straight welded eliminating any moving parts like nuts, bolts, bushings, or pins. All of these unfortunately can wear or break after a short period of time leading to distorted blade configuration or worse; bent blades. We do not put any threaded adjustments as well. These, at best, offer a band-aid fix and will wear back quicker the second time. There is one grease fitting on the gates of the Dutchman spade only.

Best Gate Hinge In The Industry ^ Back to Top
The gate hinge has been modified over the years to make it durable and wear resistant. It is designed as a “clevis” rather than the old plate-over-a-plate design. The old design was much like the competition that had a plate that folded over another plate. The trouble with this design is that it required constant cleaning to allow the plate to completely close over the other. Otherwise the blades would gap from each other. The old design would also stress the gate pin and it would wear, get lose, or fracture. The new gate design eliminates all of these issues.

Superior Electronics ^ Back to Top
It has been our goal throughout the last five years to produce a more “User Friendly” electronic control system. In 2001, Dutchman introduced its new electronic control system that involved half the amount of wires with far better flexibility and durability. It also included new control boxes and a plug connection so as to allow the controller to sit in the cab at all times. Trouble shooting lights allow the operator to isolate problems within minutes and issues can be fixed in the field now. Dutchman is committed to continue their focus on providing an even better control system for the future.

Never Bend A Blade ^ Back to Top
Because the Dutchman blades are supported and guided using a “Tube within a Tube” design, the blade will always want to follow a straight-line travel path. All the blades are pushed into the ground; the torque is compensated on the tower. Blades, when pushed into the ground want to spread outward if allowed. This is why most spade blades will spread after a while on the bottom. This “Tube within a Tube” design prevents the blades from spreading and keeps the blades overlapping for years.

Does The Truncated Design Lose Soil Out of the Bottom? ^ Back to Top
Contrary to popular belief, the Dutchman spade can dig in some of the sandiest conditions and hold the soil together well. As long as the blades always meet together, the compression at the bottom of the blades lock in the soil and allow you to put into a basket.

What Kind Of Root-ball Is Produced? ^ Back to Top
There’s nothing worse then having to crimp the bottom of your basket because your truncated spade does not quite fill out the bottom. Eventually the tree wants to fall over. As a nursery, we wanted to see a root ball package that was both round on the top as well as the bottom. Wire baskets are made like this so it would only make sense to produce a spade that would fill out as much of the basket as possible. This leads to little or no crimping, allow you to stand the tree upright, and the root balls will sit properly on a trailer when shipping.

Reverse Cylinder Equals Compact Design ^ Back to Top
Most spade competitors place the cylinder on the towers so that it pushes the blade into the ground. This gives the spade a fixed height. We invert the cylinder, give it a larger bore size for more power, and pull the blade into the ground. That will make the height of the Dutchman spade shorter as the blades move into the ground. What many people soon realize however is that the Dutchman spade is wide enough to get around heavy conifers, and not too wide to damage other trees beside the one you are digging.