This lift mast is used for selective harvesting in narrow tree rows. For digging, the tractor is positioned parallel to the tree. The tree spade swings around for 90°, opens the gate and slides towards the tree. While the tree is positioned in the center of the spades, the tractor does not move at all. Rear stabilizers keep the machine steady when digging.
For work outside nurseries and when transport on public roads is involved, truck-mounted tree transplanters are used. They can swing the digging head and the tree – with the root ball forward - into a horizontal position. This way the tree is safely transported with little wind resistance and an unobstructed driver's view.