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Vibrating combs

The olive harvest is a demanding operation, which requires considerable time and effort: to facilitate it there are different types of work tools, exploited by those who have large plots of land available but also by those who, despite having few trees, want to make easier the harvesting work. The most common tools in this sense are the olive shakers, which offer the possibility of causing the simultaneous fall of the olives which have reached maturity, without therefore having to collect the fruits individually. The most common and easy to use models are the vibrating combs, mounted at the end of a long axis that allows you to reach even the highest branches of the plant and activated by a special motor. Vibrating combs are usually made of plastic, in such a way as not to damage the branches of the plant or the olives with which they come into contact. The vibration produced by the combs, of high frequency and low intensity, in turn causes the vibration of the branches that come into contact with them, causing the fruit that has reached maturity to fall. The processing, in this way, is much faster and easier, allowing the collection of large quantities of olives in a short time.

Trunk Vibrators


The trunk vibrators are thus used by moving them from time to time on the main branches until they are exhausted and cause the fall of all the olives which have reached maturity in a short time and without damage to the plants. These tools can be self-propelled or carried by tractors and be equipped with frames for olive harvesting, which further facilitate the harvesting work. The trunk vibrators allow you to collect the fruits of each plant in just a few minutes and are therefore particularly suitable for those who have a large number of plants.

The use


The use of mechanical tools for olive harvesting constitutes, as seen, undoubted advantages both from the point of view of processing times and from the point of view of fatigue. However, in order to be used, these tools require some basic conditions. In particular, as regards the trunk vibrators, the plants must be placed at a distance of at least 5 meters from each other, while the trunk must have already reached a diameter of at least 10 or 15 cm, which corresponds approximately at 5 or 6 years of the plant. Younger olive trees could be damaged. The trunks must be at least one meter high and the main branches linear, without excessively sharp bifurcations. The use of vibrating combs may involve some cutting of the branches, but it is emphasized that they do not involve damage conditions for the plant or compromise its future properties. The plastic material of the combs also allows you to limit any damage to some of the fruits, to get the most out of any crop.

Olive shakers: The purchase


Tools for olive harvesting can be purchased both at centers dedicated to gardening and do-it-yourself, and at points of sale specialized in the purchase of agricultural tools. The choice must be made on the basis of one’s needs and the characteristics of the plants in possession. In fact, it is essential that they comply with every requirement regarding positioning, age, size and development, to avoid that an inappropriate instrument can damage them. Combs and trunk vibrators can have different costs depending on the technical characteristics of the product, so it is good to inquire carefully to select the most suitable solution, capable of not damaging the crops and at the same time optimizing costs and working times. Accessories and combs can also be purchased separately, if over time it proves necessary to replace only some parts of the shaker tool, without having to purchase the entire product from scratch. Likewise, the heads of the vibrators can also be replaced if necessary, making sure to purchase parts that are compatible with the type of product you own. During periods of inactivity, it is advisable to keep the work tools in dry and sheltered places, to ensure optimal conservation. even the heads of the vibrators can be replaced if necessary, making sure to purchase parts that are compatible with the type of product you own. During periods of inactivity, it is advisable to keep the work tools in dry and sheltered places, to ensure optimal conservation. even the heads of the vibrators can be replaced if necessary, making sure to purchase parts that are compatible with the type of product you own. During periods of inactivity, it is advisable to keep the work tools in dry and sheltered places, to ensure optimal conservation.

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