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“Long Reach” Fruit Picking Tool
“My wife couldn’t reach high enough with our metal fruit picking basket to harvest fruit in tall trees, even when using a ladder. So I extended the tool from 5 ft. long to 16 ft. by replacing the wooden handle with a paint roller extension pole,” says Doug Johnson, Aberdeen, Wash.
“We have fruit trees and we have bears, and in the fall, the bears can strip a tree overnight. I don’t begrudge them the food, but they really damage the trees so it’s important to harvest the fruit before they do. Timing is important,” says Johnson.
The fruit picker’s original handle was held on by a hose clamp. Johnson loosened the clamp and threw the handle away, then stuck the paint roller extension pole into the basket and retightened the clamp.
He says the telegraphing pole can be adjusted as short as the original fruit basket handle, or lengthened to about 16 ft. “The extension pole is as solid as the original pole. I paid only $3 for it at a second hand store,” notes Johnson.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Doug Johnson, 6608 Olympic Hwy., Aberdeen, Wash. 98520 (ddjohnson@pugwerks.com).  

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #6