The SFM Micro Sabre is a tractor-mounted apple harvester. It is a one-person operated machine designed to suit the needs of orchards that may have narrow rows. It is capable of harvesting 4-6 tonnes per hour.
The Micro Sabre consists of a side-mounted 800mm wide pick-up system on to which a tree sweep is mounted. The fruit is collected by the pick-up system and cleaned by SFM’s unique cleaning system, and which allows the debris to be discharged at the rear of the machine. The fruit is then carried up by the lift elevator, or alternatively an (optional) auger, and deposited on to the rear discharge elevator and into the trailer.
The Micro Sabre has been designed to be easily mounted onto the tractor’s Category 2 three-point linkage, driven by the tractor’s power take-off shaft. The Micro Sabre’s controls are mounted on the machine directly behind the tractor or, alternatively, can be mounted inside the cab with cable or electric controls (optional). The machine incorporates an hydraulic trailer hitch which is clearly visible from the operator’s seat. To maintain the machine’s efficiency the temperature of the hydraulic oil is maintained by a thermostatically controlled oil cooler.
The configuration of the Micro Sabre provides a number of benefits including:
• Incorporates an integral apple cleaning system with rear discharge facility for the debris
• Integral trailer hitch for ease of operation
• Easily mounted to a Category 2 three-point linkage