SFM Front Paddles

The Front Paddles are used to windrow fallen fruit whilst providing a clear path for the harvesting.

Description

The SFM Front Paddles are used to windrow fallen fruit whilst providing a clear path for the harvesting.

Features
Mounted onto the front of a tractor by a dedicated 3-point linkage, the Front Paddles are powered by oil from the tractor’s hydraulic system. A flow of approx 20L/min is required to operate the paddles.

They have a clearing width of 2.4 metres and can be used in conjunction with the Tree Shakers, Orchard Blower, Orchard Arm and Mini Sabre. The Front Paddles come as standard with the Sabre apple harvester.

Benefits
The grower and operator can expect to obtain the following benefits from SFM’s Front Paddles:

•             Quick and effective means of windrowing loose fruit for mechanical harvesting
•             Minimises wheel crush damage to fruit
•             Provides a clear passage for tractor or other mechanised apple harvesting equipment
•             Makes apple pick up quicker and easier
•             Easily dismounted when not required

Folding Front Paddles
To keep up with market demands, SFM Technology were requested to design and manufacture front paddles that fold up when not operational to provide more manoeuvrability when on headlands, gaining access to orchards through narrow gateways and for transport.

Benefits
The grower and operator can expect to obtain the following benefits from SFM’s Front Paddles:

• Quick and effective means of windrowing loose fruit for mechanical harvesting
• Minimises wheel crush damage to fruit
• Provides a clear passage for tractor or other mechanised apple harvesting equipment
• Makes apple pick up quicker and easier
• Easily dismounted when not required
• Increased manoeuvrability