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peth 192334 49 Harvesting Sour Cherries either
Harvesting Sour Cherries
These pictures show harvesting or "shaking" sour cherries
near Simcoe Ontario Canada. There are 2 machines, the
shaker - which clamps onto the tree trunk with a hydraulic
rubber padded head and shakes the tree using rotating offset
weighted wheels. The catcher pulls up to the other side of
the tree where it catches the cherries that roll down the
tarps on either machine. The cherries then travel down the
belts on the catcher and into a bin of water. The bins of
cherries are taken by truck to the processing plant where
they are chilled, pitted, put in pails, and frozen, ready
for to be made into pies.
Re: Harvesting Sour Cherries
Both machines are powered by 110 hp JD diesel engines, and
are hydraulically driven.
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Here the shaker pulls up to the tree
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The tarp and head on the shaker extend and clamp on the tree
Re: Harvesting Sour Cherries
Here the tree is being shook and the cherries are falling
off. It takes approximatley 5-10 seconds to shake off all
the cherries depending on the size of the tree and maturity
of the fruit. The trees are sprayed with ethryl a number of
days before harvest to ensure that most of the fruit will
come off.
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The cherries coming up the belt towards the bin. The
baffles prevent the fruit from splitting or becoming
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Front view of the shaker and catcher, note that because of
the design of the "pan" on the catcher that it is a three
wheeler. Both the front and the rear wheels on the catcher
steer, allowing the operator to easily move it. The shaker
is 4wd and steers on the front wheels only. The tank shown
on the front of the shaker is filled with a sillicone
lubricant that reduces tearing of the bark on the trunk of
the tree from the clamp. Clamping pressure ranges from 500
to 2000 PSI depending on the size and age of the tree. The
larger the tree the higher the pressure.
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Front view of the shaker, the shaker head is the white part
that you can see hanging on the lower left of the machine.
It is powered by 2 hydraulic motors that independantly drive
2 offset hubs that do the shaking. The head is isolated
from the rest of the machine as it hangs from rubber
bushings, otherwise the operator would probabally shake
himself silly by the end of the day.
Re: Harvesting Sour Cherries
These machines are owned by the NorFood Cherry Growers of
Simcoe Ontario Canada. They own 3 sets of them in total.
Harvest runs 2-3 weeks depending on the year and they cover
approximatley 800 acres of orchard in this time.
Re: Harvesting Sour Cherries
nice and interesting pics. you don`t see this often eh.

Marien Rozendaal
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