2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hydraulic Platforms Speed Up Tree Work
“There’s similar stuff out there, but many are just stationary. This one goes up and down and in and out and is more versatile,” says Dave Brown, product manager with the family business. “We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback. Some orchard owners have bought second units because of the labor savings.”
Less than 60 in. wide to fit between tree rows, the platforms raise up to 8 ft. and out an additional 5 ft. to allow workers to do a variety of work on trees.
Customers used them earlier this season to pick peaches and will use them again for the apple harvest. This year, the access from the high platform will be especially helpful, Brown says, because most of the apples are at the top of the trees due to spring frost. Later on, the platform can be used for tree maintenance chores.
Many customers mount the hydraulic work platform on Phil Brown’s N Model box shuttle, but it can be mounted on any running gear. Some install two sets of the platforms on a longer trailer. Cost for a two-station unit is $8,900, available through Phil Brown Welding Corp.
The company also offers an optional trellis wirepuller to use with the platform.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Phil Brown Welding Corp., 4689 8 Mile Rd. N.W., Conklin, Mich. 49403 (ph 616 784-3046; www.philbrownwelding.com).
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