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Pros use huge trailer-mounted spades to transplant trees the easy way:  hydraulics drive three blades into the ground around the tree, meeting at the center underneath to “dig” it free in a single motion.  The spade then lifts the tree and its root structure for transport.  Now Lemar offers a smaller version that’s portable — and can be operated with out a crew of spotters.

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Back in the day, nothing was cooler than the Terminator tanks from the future.  They rolled over the battlefield crushing humans and playground equipment (and whatever else found itself before the might of their tracked badness).  Now you can drive one around your yard — sort of.  Yeah, we know it’s supposed to be for Earthworks and construction, but admit it: You want to drive the Dingo.

Is that some kind of sexual reference?

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post-easyroller.jpgIf you don’t yet have the 10,000 sq. ft. shop of your dreams, you’re probably like us and sometimes have trouble moving the project car(s) around to get done what you need to get done.  It’s even worse if one or more of them don’t run.  The Stinger Easy Roller definitely improves things a bit by putting the car on casters, allowing you to roll it in any direction.

We’ve seen (and used) a number of such devices, but most of them require that you first jack the car up then drop it on the rollers.  The Easy Roller shortcuts the whole process by integrating a spring-guided hydraulic jack; Just roll the Easy Roller around the wheel and step on the lever a few times to lift the car, placing it on the rollers.

With four of the units, Stinger says you can lift a 6,000 lb. vehicle — each unit supports up to 1,500 lbs.  They work with tread widths up to 12″, and feature four heavy-duty casters.

The only real drawback is the price: Street pricing starts around $110 each, which puts you at around $500 for a set after tax and/or shipping.

Stinger 1,500 Lb. Easy Roller (Street Pricing) [Froogle]


post-hydrawedge.jpgThe HydraWedge is essentially a 60-ton jack with a very small angled (wedge) end that spreads under jack force.  Think of it as a hand-pumped version of the “jaws of life” that emergency rescue teams carry.

Sure, it’s not cheap — try $1,135 — but this strikes us as one of those tools that when you need it, you need it bad.  The company that sells it, the Jack-X-Change, says that they have thousands of them in operation in the field used for tasks such as lifting heavy machinery from a very low clearance (like on the floor), spreading pipe flanges, and (or course) for rescue.

We can imagine it coming in handy for all sorts of uses in the shop, though granted you’d have to find your own particular need before laying out the dough.

The 60 Ton HydraWedge – Standard [Jack-X-Change]