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charliepad 500047 71 Six row potato harvester in Essex either
Six row potato harvester in Essex
Six row harvester, folds for transport, 15 tonne bunker, 3.5 m road width, 5.56 m intake width

Made in England in six months - started April finished September
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Here we are digging 2 x 3 row beds but the machine will also dig 3 x 2 row beds...
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Cab moves along the chassis rails, operator has direct vision over the digging units through the glass floor
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folded for transport... All steering is by wire, rear wheels are mounted on a slew ring like a 360 excavator so the machine can turn in it's own length
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Welcome to the site Charlie :-)

A very interesting first post, well done ;-)

Regards from Australia,

TC ;-)
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verry nice post indeed. how many acres per hour do you harvest whit this 6 row machine?
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Thanks TasCowboy, do you need one out in Tasmania?

Mark - we are not on the best ground here but we should be capable of 1000 tons per day dependent on trailers. This season we were testing - stop start all the time - so we ran other harvesters as well and never had a full day at it; there is a video on Youtube, I'll try to embed...
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Would set the cat among the pigeons out here I reckon Charlie ;-)

Mostly single row offset Grimme machines here in Tassie at the moment.
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very impresive machine charliepad. what is his turing radius ?
its a very big machine. would need a lot of space to turn on
the field i gues ;-) way didn't they mount tracts in sted of 2
tires. ore dont you have problems with wet soil ?

greetz Geoff
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Afternoon Geoff

Front wheels can turn all the way round as can the rears so the machine turns in it's own length - centre of rotation is the centre of the machine. We didn't use tracks for a number of reasons :

stones - we have many small flints and they get inside tracks and tear them up
expense - in build time and in money
diving - the wheels run on the dug beds so they are always climbing over a heap of soil, all available track systems have a small front roller which tends to dig into this rather than climb over

Wet soil - ground pressure fully loaded is approx 17 psi so no great problem. We had a dryish season in the UK so no serious practical experience in the wet yet
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wat voor merk is dit ?
greetz
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Very interesting concept which can work inspiring for other manufacturers...

A little bit too long to be manoeuvrable on the road I think. Won't like to take a tight turn with this vehicle.

I hope the cab has a good airconditioning system...
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Thunderbirds are go!

Like the concept.
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It is Huge, heavy and huge again.
Must be British :-D

By the way; Why did you choise 2 axles rather then tracks?

Edit; I see that I wasnt the only one asking that myself ;-).
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interesting machine !

got some inside cab photos ?
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thanks for the reply charliepad. is undestand your point about the tracks
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amazing :-)
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Looks really nice plain and simple construction, still huge...
Vilhelm
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Looks good, obviously designed by somebody who knows what they need and not somebody in an office, my kind of engineering. :-)
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Nice potato harvester. Looks clean and simple.

Is this a prototype planned for serial production, or is it just built for your own use?
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wow - lots of comments...

I'll try and deal with all the questions since my last post in order

Degryse - sorry my German is awful but I guess you're asking who makes it; the answer is us, Padco, a new company in England

TFFKA Bart - manoeuvrablity - it's shorter than an articulated lorry and steers at both ends so while it is big it's surprisingly lively - air con - yes, a large unit - the cab is very large 2.3 m wide by 3 m long on the roof (floor is short as we have two windscreens) and has a lot of glass. The pillars of the cab take the air to where it's needed.

Arcane - wheels rather than tracks as per my earlier post as you've noticed

Roel - I'll do some photos today and post them later. Interesting inside the cab as there's no steering wheel - joystick instead - and most of adjustment controls are on a 20" touch screen. Drivers seat, passenger seat and all the controls rotate inside the cab...

Vilhelm - we intended it to look clean and simple; the difficult bits are in the control system

Colin - Thanks, as you rightly noticed I've been driving potato harvesters for 20 years, large self propelled types for 15 and when looking for a new one I didn't like any of the machines on the market - web angles too steep, no direct line of sight (cameras give no depth of field), in fact in most cases no sight at all, the operator is lucky to be able to see the intake, let alone the rest.

Lennart - Yes this is a prototype and we will produce more but we need another year testing before we sell outside our local area

We are currently designing a destoner for use this season and another, smaller harvester for next harvest - we'll stick to the same principles, just less rows. I'll post cab photos later on.

Thank you all for your interest, it's very encouraging

Charlie
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Very impressive!
Does your company have a website?
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Sorry to hear about the fire, :(

Certainly beats our single row Johnson elevator digger :P (or did at least)

Hope you manage to re build it or build plenty more.

Owain
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I've seen a lot of different potato harvesters and never one as interesting/unique as this one. Bet you wont be fixing it with vice-grips and a hammer:-)
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