How do you lift giant pumpkins

Paul2101(z6 MD)February 9, 2005

I'm new to giant pumpkin growing. The only thing I'm afraid of is success :) I don't know how to move a giant pumpkin if I manage to grow one.

What are some good systems for lifting and moving giant pumpkins?

Should I place something under the pumpkin before it gets large - so there is something to grab onto when lifting?

I see pictures of pumpkins sitting in the field and I can't quite figure how anyone manages to get these things onto trucks and trailers without damaging them.


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paul i suggest you go to
and ask their. there are several methods for pumpkin lifting, pitures diagrams,products and blue prints.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 10, 2005 at 1:23PM
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wayne_perrier(z9 CA)

Generally they use a purpose-built "pumpkin tarp" with many (10+) built-in handles to move these babies. Another method I've seen used is when the pumpkin is still small (

    Bookmark   February 12, 2005 at 12:07AM
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douglas14(z3/4 MN)

This is how we moved my 615 lber. last year:

After cutting the pumpkin from the vine, we rolled the pumpkin on its side, and tucked a tarp with handles under it. Then we rolled it the other way, and pulled the tarp under the other side. Then a number of us lifted it onto a pallet(covered with cardboard), using the tarp.
Our neighbor, who is a farmer, then used his skid loader(with forks) to lift the pallet and pumpkin onto our pickup bed. All this requires attention to safety.
Then off to the weighoff we went.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2005 at 3:18PM
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bloomorelse(Z4b NB Canada)

Here's a picture of my Brother loading his onto the truck to take to the Windsor NS weigh off.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 1:56PM
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Maxpower(5 MA.)

in abscense of a skid loader or a tractor 10 or 12 guys 8 pizza's a five cases of beer.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 3:21PM
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