1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bio Collector blows bugs off plantsA number of bug-sucking vacuum machines have come on the market over the past several years, but the German inventor and manufacturer of the new "Bio-Collector" says his new machine out-performs any-thing else on the market, removing up to 95 percent of potato bug beetles on full-grown plants.
Fritz Engelhardt of Muhlhausen, Germany, says the key to success of his new machine is that it uses two air jets per row to knock bugs off the plant before sucking them into collector pans that run at ground level.
Made out of heavy ABS plastic, the individual collectors reach down between rows. Each is fitted with a hydraulically driven blower fan, powered by a pto-driven hydraulic pump and large oil reservoir mounted at the back of the tractor. The collector mounts on a front-end loader. Air blasts out
two outlets on one side of the row and bugs
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