The SFM Mini Sabre Mk II is a tractor-mounted apple harvester. It is a one-person operated machine designed to suit the needs of the modern sized bush orchard. It is capable of harvesting up to 8 tonnes per hour.
The fruit is collected by the side-mounted pick-up head and is cleaned by SFM’s unique cleaning system, which allows the debris to be discharged at the rear of the machine. The fruit is then carried up by the lift elevator onto a secondary cleaning belt (an optional extra), and then on to the rear discharge conveyor and into the trailer.
The Mini Sabre Mk II is designed to be easily mounted onto the tractor’s Cat 2 three-point linkage with the hydraulic pump mounted onto the chassis. This offers a lighter and more flexible option allowing the harvester to be easily removed making the tractor available for other work around the farm during the harvesting season. The machine has an integral trailer hitch, which is operated by a double acting hydraulic cylinder and is clearly visible from the operator’s seat.
The machine’s controls are mounted on the harvester directly behind the tractor or, alternatively, can be mounted inside the cab with cable or electric controls (optional). To maintain the machine’s efficiency the temperature of the hydraulic oil is controlled by a thermostatically controlled oil cooler.
The configuration of the Mini Sabre Mk II provides a number of benefits including:
- An integral apple cleaning system with rear discharge facility for debris
- Integral trailer hitch
- Easily mounted to a category 1 three-point linkage
- Unique SFM pick-up head design minimises fruit damage