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High-Speed Bush Pruner
Can you prune 500 globe-shaped bushes in an hour? You could if you had one of these new pruning machines manufactured in the Netherlands. It makes beautiful globes as fast as you can wheel it in place and hit the hydraulic switch.
  ďItís a reel mower with 6 to 7-in. angle blades that go in a circle. It prunes each bush exactly the same. A reel mower is the best there is. It shears and doesnít break branches,Ē explains J.O. Anderson, who works in sales with OVS, an employee-owned company in McMinnville, Ore.
  The reel trimmer mounts on a wheeled stand that an operator rolls in place. Itís powered by a 5.5 hp Honda engine and prunes globes from 6 to 35-in. dia. It can also prune up to 35-in. cones.
  The field-pruning machine is designed for nurseries with rows of plants in the ground. At $20,000, it isnít cheap, but payback is said to be within 26 weeks considering labor costs for hand pruning.
  The machine can be shipped anywhere in the U.S and Canada.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, OVS Aurora, 19658 Hwy. 99E, Hubbard, Ore. 97032 (800 653-2216; www.ovs.com.

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #6