2021 - Volume #BFS, Issue #21, Page #20
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Hemp Stripper Speeds Process, Boosts Quality
“Hemp is getting to be a popular crop here in Kentucky. I realized that my son-in-law and a renter on my farm both needed a good practical stripper for processing the crop,” says Mark Hoover, Leitchfield, Ky. “The machine I built works 20 times faster than stripping the plants by hand.
“Some machines on the market require breaking off branches and feeding them through little holes. Some growers have been experimenting with combines and other big equipment, but they tend to shred and mix the woody plants with the biomass, making it unappealing to some buyers.
“My machine has curved steel tines that run through a steel grate at low speed, and does a good job of getting to the center of the plant and stripping it clean. The plant material and dust is contained inside the machine. The conveyor is adjustable up and down, and can strip a plant clean in 10 to 30 seconds.”
The strippers are available with either a Honda engine (which allows the speed to be adjusted), or an electric motor which is set at the optimum speed.
Current selling price is $4,500.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Hoover, Handyman Fabrications, 7220 Brandenburg Rd., Leitchfield, Ky. 42754 (ph 270 230-8541).

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