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JIM GEM KBC Planting Bar

The JIM GEM® KBC Planting Bar will make short work of planting your bare root trees and shrubs. This lifetime tool is built to last and will simplify your next planting project!


JIM GEM® KBC Planting Bar

Want a faster and easier way to plant your bare root seedlings? Look no further! The JIM GEM® KBC Planting Bar penetrates soil cleanly and easily, allowing less dirt to fall back into the planting hole. The bar has an overall length of 39". The blade is 4"W x 12"L, 1" thick at top, and tapers to a point. This planting bar features a blade cast from special alloy steel. The blade and footstep are cast as one piece, so the footstep won't break or bend, even under heavy use. Blade "spike" fits into handle to form reinforced joint. Strongly welded at the handle and blade joint.

Product Questions

Can you use the planting bar for transplants?
Question by: Clark Branscombe on May 1, 2018, 10:03 PM
It may be possible, however, transplants have a significantly developed root mass. Much larger than seedlings. It is possible that you could drop the planting bar into the soil, lift it out and drop it in again, next to the previous drop. This may be enough to open up the soil for transplants. The blade is 12" long.
Answer by: Administrator on May 2, 2018, 8:07 AM
How much does it weigh?
Question by: Anita on Feb 15, 2020, 5:48 PM
Shipped weight is 11#. The Planting Bar is 10 to 10.5#.
Answer by: Administrator on Feb 17, 2020, 11:24 AM
Would this tool be appropriate to plant your 5 year Fraser fir transplants?
Question by: Ethan on Jan 10, 2021, 7:22 PM
We would recommend a shovel instead. The roots on the transplants have some width to them. The Jim Jem bar is great for making a "V" slit in the soil and rocking it back and forth, best for smaller seedlings.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 11, 2021, 1:08 PM
What country is this (+ its parts) made in?
Question by: Jason hobbie on Jan 31, 2021, 1:14 PM
Proudly made in USA!
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Feb 1, 2021, 1:34 PM
We have heavy clay soils, will it work without to much soil build up on the blade?
Question by: Jim Roebke on May 6, 2022, 10:03 AM
If the soil is wet, it will probably stick. If you wait for the soil to dry out it should not stick. You could also try spraying the blade with something like "Pam" or possibly some type of oil so it does not stick.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on May 6, 2022, 12:02 PM