The next machine used in the harvesting of prunes is the Bin Carrier. This is the equivalant to a bankout to you grain farmers.
A bit of history of the Bin Carrier: The orginal Bin Carrier was designed and built in 1967 by my father. It worked so well that he got the original patent for it. In 1968 he started building them for sale. In fact our farm shop was originally built for the manufacturing of them. The bin carriers don't resemble anything built now but it was the start. He even got in a legal battle with a large company over patent infrigement. It was tough for a farmer to fight a large corporation thatr had there own in house legal team. They eventually offered him a small royality. Basicially he told them to shove it
and did his own thing.
Anyway... onto today:
The Bin Carrier hauls empty bins from the loading dock out to the field for the prune harvesters. The front end forks tilt down and you drive the forks under the bins and the rubber drive rollers pull the bins up into the chassis, it carries 6 bins at a time. To drop the emptys off in the field the rear tailgate drops and you push the bins out the back as you drive through the field. you can do this as slow or fast as you want. The gearing for the field is about up to 35mph. For the full bins you load the same as the emptys but you unload from front in reverse.
pic 1: front view of machine showing forks with rubber drive rollers in up position.
pic 2: side view of engine side.(Yes Neel its a John Deere 4045
) and hydrostat and hydraulic pumps. Got the Sunstrand hydrostat pump and motor off a junked out cement truck
pic 3: of hydrostat motor going through a 4 speed tranny into rearend.
pic 4: Full bins
out in orchard waiting to be picked up
pic 5: view of full bins being unloaded. With a full load it weighs over 14,000 lbs.
Also this is another machine I built ~30 years ago. We run two of these.
Soon I will post pictures of our deyhdrator drying the prunes
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