The Landscaper’s Buddy

Product Development
About This Project

Joel Westrate, a local entrepreneur, asked us to improve the design for a prototype he’d been working on. Working in the tree farming business his entire life, he wanted an easier way to transport large landscaping elements such as trees and rocks, all while reducing the risk to those doing the heavy lifting. Our engineers sat down with him, gathering as much information as possible, and laid out the pros and cons of his original prototype. They took his input, and engineered a new prototype utilizing industrial design and 3D models. Now, The Landscaper’s Buddy, can not only haul large trees, but bricks, rocks and anything a landscaper may need to move. You can find his product for sale at