1985 - Volume #9, Issue #5, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor mounted cherry picker
Invented in Australia, the new Ezy-Pic tractor tower reaches as high as 20 ft. The operator moves the tractor forward or back with a foot pedal in the tower. Steering consists of a direct extension of tractor steering through a shaft that connects to the steering wheel. The tower raises and lowers via a hand lever.
"It turns picking, pruning, spraying, trimming, painting, and other work into one-man jobs. Both hands are left free and no one else is needed to shift the tractor and tower," says G.M. Drinnan, managing director of Drinnan Engineering Ltd., the New Zealand manufacturer.
The Ezy-Pic works up to heights of 20 ft. and moves 50? to either side of center. According to Drinnan, the unit is extremely stable, even on slopes and cultivated ground, because of its light weight in comparison to the anchoring tractor. Flow regulators control the speed of the hydraulics so that hydraulic rams cannot collapse suddenly, causing rapid descent.
The Ezy-Pic, designed to fit small to medium tractors, sells for around $4,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, G.M. Drinnan Engineering, Ltd., 291 Blenheim, Rd., Christchurch, New Zealand (ph 485-093 or 485-322).
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