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We have built and used machines and planters for sod. We can build a scalper for this application. Please contact us to discuss the modifications and precautions related to using our machines in sod. 

We do not recommend that method in our area because of reduced survival rates inherent in that technique. We recommend you discuss this with your local NRCS or Conservation District office, because success will vary with site prep, soil type, etc.

Can I use your machine or tree planter in sod?

We do not recommend moving the rippers or discs from their original settings. Oftentimes the problem is related to the depth the machine is being used at, or other factors related to the operation of the three-point hitch on the tractor. Please contact us and let us know what problems you are having. We have used our machines in all types of soils and conditions, and can help you adjust your settings to get the most from your machine.

How do I adjust my machine?

We transport our machine between jobs on a large flatbed trailer, leaving it attached to the tractor. If you do not provide the tractor as part of your service, we recommend either our towing package or a trailer. We recommend nothing smaller than 5'x10' trailer. We do not recommend driving the tractor in road gear with the machine attached. We have had reports from those that have done so, and the machine and welds do not stand up to that type of repeated stress (driving long distances between sites). Transport is covered in our Mesh Machine Instructions.

How should I transport my fabric machine?

Dakota Planter instructions

Mesh Machine Instructions

Fabric Installation Instructions

Watch Our Fabric Installation Video

Do you have instruction sheets?

A 35-90 hp tractor is recommended for use with our original and standard model machines and planters. For our heavy model machine, we recommend at least a 60 hp tractor.

What size tractor do I need?

The best advice for using our machines and planters in rocky soil is...slow down! Take your time, and when you hit a rock you can lift the machine out and over the rock, and keep moving. Smaller rocks should move out of your way, but large ones will wreak havoc with the machine and its rider if hit at higher speeds.

Our planter coulter is not stationary so will move out of way. The rippers on the front of the fabric machine are not spring loaded so a large rock at high speeds will break the points. The points are replaceable, and available from your local John Deere dealership. However, going slow is your best bet for rocky conditions.

What about rocks?

Replacement Parts

We use readily available parts on our machinery. Most are available from your local John Deere (JD) dealer or farm supply store (Runnings, TSC) or online (Northern Tool).  Please contact us and we will provide you with the part numbers and source. If you prefer, we can ship parts to you, for cost plus shipping. We do our best to have some parts on hand either in-house or with our local JD dealer, so please contact us if you need parts sooner than your local JD dealer can provide them. Problems with the frame or customized pieces will be handled directly through us. Let us know what you need, and we will do our best to correct the problem.

* If you have purchased a machine from us prior to April 2016, please be advised that it may take up to four months to get replacement parts for the front plows on our Original model.

Original Model  *
(Before April 2016)

Updated Models (coming soon)
(Standard - Heavy)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Don’t see your question below? Please contact us!

Our standard model has a 2" shoe, which is sufficient for most conservation grade seedlings. However, we build to suit, so if you want to plant larger trees, contact us and we will discuss modifications that can be made and what they will cost.


What’s the largest tree I can plant?

We use and recommend 8"x2" 8-guage staples. We use 4 per seam/end and 2 per tree.


There are several different manufacturers and weights of fabric available, and it is constantly changing. We recommend that you contact your local NRCS or Conservation District office and review their guidelines regarding the specifications for fabric in your area. 

What staples and fabric do you recommend?

We do not put serial numbers on our machinery. We suggest you use your invoice number, which is unique to your machine, and includes the year purchased and a sequential number. For example, the third machine sold in 2011 would have the invoice number 2011-03.



Where can I find the serial number for my machine or planter?