Monday, 31 October 2016

1:13 Vermeer TS44A Tree Spade

A tree spade is a specialized machine that mechanizes the transplanting of large plants, including large bushes and small or medium trees. The machine consists of a number of blades that encircle the tree, digging into the ground and then lifting the entire tree, including its roots and soil, out of the ground and replanting or transplanting the whole tree in the designated area.

The model has to be in my favorite 1:13 scale, to fit with my all other builds. That size gives some room to accommodate all the functions and sturdy frame.
The trailer have 10 pneumatic functions, and 12 pneumatic cylinders (all V2): 
  •  adjustable trailer coupler, left and right, when stand next to tree, this movement rotate a bit the whole trailer left and right, allowing precise positioning of the blades around the three,
  •  adjustable trailer coupler, extend and retract, this movement push or pull a bit the whole trailer closer or further from the tree, allowing precise positioning of the blades around the three,
  •  outrigger up/down, single outrigger feet secure the trailer at the back, between the tires/ Front part of the trailer is securely hooked to the driving vehicle,
  •  spade section tilt to vertical position
  •  spade section lower to the ground level
  •  spade section "hugging" the tree
  •  blade 1 dig/retract
  •  blade 2 dig/retract
  •  blade 3 dig/retract
  •  blade 4 dig/retract