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Do-It-Yourself Tree Shaker
The German farm magazine "Profi" recently featured this do-it-yourself fruit or nut tree shaker for smaller orchardists who can't justify the expense of a big commercial shaker.
  It consists of an A-shaped 3-pt. mounted frame with a bearing-mounted pto shaft that hooks up to the tractor pto. The shaft drives a round disc with a pin mounted on one side. A "piston" fitted with bearings at either end runs up to a triangular-shaped piece of plate steel that's fitted with a hook.
  To shake a fruit or nut tree, you wrap a steel cable around the tree trunk (with protective padding underneath) and attach it to the hook on the shaker. A short piece of tensioning chain runs from the back of the shaker frame to the tractor frame to help secure the shaker when in operation.

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2