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Offline ProTilling

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How to move a hydroseeder
« on: Mon October 02, 2017, 04:36:33 PM »
As I am getting everything worked out I am still trying to figure out how to move a hydroseeder onto the trailer I want in on.  I know they can all be moved with fork lifts but I don't have access to a fork lift.  If I get one delivered how do I get it on my trailer or if I purchase a used one how do I get it off their trailer on onto mine?  I can't be the only one without a forklift in my yard?  I was thinking of maybe getting a couple ratcheting tie down straps and pulling it little by little up the trailer ramp.  Does anyone else have any ideas how to move a 1000+ lb hydroseeder?  Thanks

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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #1 on: Mon October 02, 2017, 05:34:13 PM »
Many of the units manufactured today have pick-up rings or hooks to allow the machine to be lifted by a skid steer to small backhoe.

If you purchase a new unit, if it is feasible, take your trailer to the plant and have it loaded. 

If you purchase a used unit, ask the seller if they have the ability to put it on your trailer.

Otherwise, ratchet straps or a come-a-long will be a huge help.
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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #2 on: Mon October 02, 2017, 06:44:43 PM »
You could build a A frame with a hoist that would allow you to use your trailer for other uses because of the ease of taking it on or off , depending on size you maybe be able to use a engine type hoist or maybe even rig something to a large tree in your yard. If you get it delivered you could probably jack it up and put some pipe under it roll it from one trailer to another . Forks are best and I wouldn't operate without them anymore , but you should be able to get the job done without. If you tell us what your buying and what's it getting delivered on someone could probably tell you exactly how to do it. Don't hesitate to look into a one day rental or sub contract a company to do the initial lift it won't be that expensive.
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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #3 on: Mon October 02, 2017, 08:35:28 PM »
We deal with skid mounted units all the time.  If buying a new unit the dealer can arrange to have it placed on your trailer
When buying a used unit and you don't have any large equipment the best solution is to find a local crane company to do the moving for you.  If you do it in there yard it shouldn't cost more than $200.00. A cheap investment.
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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #4 on: Tue October 03, 2017, 04:02:39 PM »
This question reminds me of some of my early days in manufacturing hydro seeding units.  Some other options are:

1. A boom type wrecker can lift it off. 

2. You may be able to find a local business with a fork lift that would do that for you.  Way back I had a few guys that were able to get their local Home Depot to do that.

3.  If you can round up about 4-6 guys if you have some pieces of pipe and a pry bar you can block up one end, back your trailer under the end you blocked up and push it on.  Putting pipe under it would let it push effortlessly.  Then use the pry bar to get the pipe out. 

4.  You may be able to pick it up at the freight terminal and have them load it on your trailer for you.  Some freight terminals can not do a ground load however but most have what they call a donkey dick which is a long pole that attaches to forks and can pick up the unit and load it. 

5.  If you have an equipment dealer near you for a hundred or so they might be willing to take delivery and load it on the trailer for you. 
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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #5 on: Tue October 03, 2017, 06:32:38 PM »
If it's a light seeder like you say..1/2 ton you could build a basic  1 ton gantry crane. You can use the crane to load and unload the seeder as needed. That way you can still use your trailer for other projects. 

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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #6 on: Wed October 04, 2017, 09:33:38 AM »
Thanks for all your replies.  I did make some calls around and found one person that has a forklift that would be willing to help me move it. 

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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #7 on: Fri October 20, 2017, 10:21:55 AM »
That's great. Keep us posted on how it goes. I think I'll need to do the same thing sooner or later.

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Re: How to move a hydroseeder
« Reply #8 on: Fri October 27, 2017, 10:31:10 AM »
I had the hydroseeder moved by the trailer sales company where I purchased my trailer.  They were happy to do it and didn't charge me anything.  I had to use a crow bar to inch it into place, it kind of tore up the deck a little but its not too bad. 

How does everyone secure the unit to the trailer?  I used a couple tie down straps but when I got home it had moved a little even with the tie downs.  There were 4 holes in frame so I ended up bolting it down to the trailer deck.  Are there any other better ways to secure the hydroseeder to the trailer?


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