Prichard's Nursery Equipment LLC located in Portland, Tennessee, U.S.A. is the exclusive dealer for Optimal Tree Spades in North America. Owners - Phil, Vicki, Jason and Amanda Prichard have over 50 years combined experience in the nursery equipment industry. Prichard's Nursery Equipment opened its doors in November 2005 when the Optimal distributorship was purchased from Bennett and Bennett Enterprises. Bennett and Bennett began selling Optimals in North America in 1992.

Optimal-Verbtrieb Optiz GmbH the German manufacturer of the Optimal tree spade began producing tree spades in 1971. Mr. Dieter Opitz, a master gardener in Germany, saw the need for a better tree spade. Machines at that time could not travel in crammed European cities with the crown of the tree resting on the driver's cab. He also questioned the shape of the root ball on these machines which did not match the natural growth pattern of a trees' root system. He accomplished his goal and Optimal tree spades were born. Roland and Christine Schlesag, the current owners, and daughter and son-in-law of Dieter and Helga Opitz carry on the family tradition of producing the finest tree spade in the world.

With the on-going partnership of Optimal Tree Spades and Prichard's Nursery Equipment, we look forward to filling your nursery equipment needs.


Optimal - where engineering and experience meet!

604 West Market Street
P.O. Box 549
Portland, TN 37148
Phone: 423.326.0753
Fax: 615.323.7667
Email: sales at

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