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How do you lift giant pumpkins

Posted by Paul2101 z6 MD (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 9, 05 at 18:31

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.

Paul


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RE: How do you lift giant pumpkins

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

Here is a link that might be useful: bigpumpkins.com


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RE: How do you lift giant pumpkins

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 (<50 pounds), people place a pallet under it and let it grow on the pallet. Of course, if you're going to weigh it later, you've got to get it off of the pallet :-)


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RE: How do you lift giant pumpkins

Paul,
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.

Douglas


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RE: How do you lift giant pumpkins

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

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v468/bloomorelse/Pumpkinintarp.jpg


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RE: How do you lift giant pumpkins

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


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