2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Berry Binder Harvests Haskaps
“This means you need less hydraulics to run the machine. All that is needed is a small tractor with the hydraulic capacity to supply roughly 5 to 6 gal. of hydraulic oil per minute,” he says. “This runs the rotor with fingers that shake the fruit of the bush and the suction fan for removing leaves and twigs from the fruit. The large conveyor is raised and lowered with a 12-volt actuator, and both ground-driven conveyors are engaged and disengaged with a 12-volt actuator.
“We harvested part of a 50-acre field and took off about 13,000 lbs. of haskaps,” he notes. “The machine travels around 1/2 to 1-mph, so it’s capable of harvesting a lot of fruit in an hour. It is also very easy to clean at the end of the day with a pressure washer. It takes only minutes.”
The cost of the machine is not set. Interested buyers should contact him.
“We have not harvested raspberries or small Saskatoon bushes with it yet, but feel it would do nicely with both — especially Saskatoons,” Robertson says. “We would like to get some of these machines out to some growers for next season.
He is also in the process of building a larger model with no pto required.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Berry Binder, Pat Robertson, Box 212, Birch Hill, Sask. S0J 0G0 Canada (ph 306 961-2102; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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