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44123 - Porporana (FE) Italy

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Nursery machinery by Mac-Bert: practicality and robustness

 Mac-Bert has been operating in the agricultural and gardening sector for several years.

The company's key products are nursery machinery and root balling machines.

Thanks to the practicality and robustness of its nursery machinery, the company is known and appreciated both in Italy and abroad.

  • Nursery tractors
  • Greenhouse and nursery equipment
  • Root balling machine
  • Plant e nursery excavation machines
  • Plant extractors
  • Tree tying machines

MAC BERT also offers technical assistance and spare parts.

The company focuses on the production of machines for gardening and for the planting of flowers in beds and ground.

Today MAC BERT's machines are available all across Europe, wherever clients need tools that are specifically designed and constructed for use in nurseries.

Why Mac Bert?

Agronomically speaking our tree spade are considered the best ones because they work without vibrations which can break the smaller roots and disrupt the clod when operating in non-cohesive grounds. The smaller roots, that are big as hairs, are the water collectors.

A vibrational cut will damage them, dramatically decreasing the tree’s capacity to collect water: here we have the bigger stress, precisely a water stress, that the uprooted trees has to endure.

Tree spades

Our models B350, B700 and B900, having two lateral lances that work underground like a big scissor-pincer, performs a really clean cut on the plant's tap-root. Being the principal root, and so the strongest one, a clean cut will give the plant the possibility of a rapid sanitation of the same principal root. On the contrary, an only-four-spades tree spade will leave exactly that tap-root not well-cut, producing two problems.

The first is the already mentioned one of the root-sanitation; the second one is about the plant's pull-up.

A 100% tap-root’s cut, will oppose no force to the pulling up; a not-100% tap-root's cut will, of course, oppose force to the pulling up, resulting in a wrench that will add additional damage to the clod’s cohesiveness and to the roots system. Both these problems will produce a decrease in the plant’s survival rate and in their vegetative growth.

Our tree spades produce clods in a truncated-cone shape that has the better diameter-depth ratio. This particular clod’s shape guarantees a high compactness because the same weight of the transplanted plant will keep the clod in position inside the tree spade's steel pot, preventing the work to fall apart.

This clod's shape will fit, of course, perfectly with the majority of the plastic pots available on markets. The flat bottom increases a lot the stability of the potted plants; at the contrary, a half sphere clod will have hard times trying to not slide inside its own pot.

It can be said that tree spades are good at producing the numbers but that with delicate plants it is better hand-made clods. With our tree spades that's not true.

Tree spades B700

We worked a lot in infiltrate an Italian particular plant's market, which always worked by hand, but we did it. In Tuscany there's the bigger production of Pinus Pinea, a really delicate tree that grow a lot in tallness, with a ridiculous roots system.

For this reason, the producer always worked by hand.

This delicate kind of trees, like Pinus Pinea, can be uprooted by our machines exactly because of their capacity to do a firm and precise cut on the roots system.

The results can be seen in a speed up of the production and in the higher plant's survival rate compared to any other uprooting technique. But, most important, the better job can be seen in the plant's rapid vegetative growth due to the lesser stress endured by the plant.

With our tree spade is possible to perform the re-turfing technique, which allow the nurseryman to "prepare" the root system to be transplanted by cutting it in place, as much as he needs, one year before, or more.

This technique allows the plant to restrain its own root system, making it more adaptable for the future transplantation.

Basically, the nurseryman uses partially, or all, the machine's spades and lances, to cut the roots forcing them to produce new smaller roots for the next real uprooting. It is possible to cut one side one year, the other side another year and on, deciding each time how much to go deep.

Furthermore, our tree spades, can be used to produce the exact hole where to put the uprooted plants, increasing the plant's stability.

Lastly, our tree spades are really tough, they don't need much special maintenance, apart from the normal one. They can work even in difficult grounds. We have tree spades working regularly with more than 400 thousand plants uprooted.

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