Coconut Tree Climbing Machine
- Remote controlled coconut harvesting machine.
The prototype of the machine works on rechargeable battery. Radio frequency remote control is used for controlling the machine. The long retractable arm of the machine has one cutting device at one end and one twisting device at the other end. These devices can be moved almost in all directions including up and down movement. Using cutting device coconut stems and coconut leaves can be cut. Using the twisting device single coconuts can be picked from coconut bunches and placed to desired direction.
The machine can be connected to the coconut tree and detached from the coconut tree easily.
The prototypes weighs below 9 Kg and it takes about 30 to 40 seconds to climb up on an average heighted coconut tree. For picking the coconut and cutting the coconut leaf the time depends on the speed of the operator.
Prototype of the machine has been tested on tall trees successfully.
- Manually operated areca nut harvester.
This is the most suitable machine for harvesting areca nuts without man climbing on the tree. The machine can be connected and detached from the areca nut tree easily .When a rope attached to the machine is pulled from the ground, the machine climbs on the tree. Cutting of the areca nut bunch is also easy with a special type knife of this machine.
The prototype of the machine has been tested on several tall areca nut trees successfully.
Weight of the prototype is around 3 KG.
- Manually operated coconut harvester.
This machine is a modified form of manually operated areca nut harvester. The difference is in the part of coconut picking part. A curved knife is fixed at one end of a rod which is attached to a pulley and rope arrangement. When the machine is reached on the top of the coconut tree by pulling a rope attached to the machine, the rod with knife is lifted by pulling one end of the rope and it is brought towards the coconut bunch by controlling the two ends of the rope from the ground and hooked on the stem of coconut bunch and pulled down. It has arrangements to hold and keep the knife in the rod always in one direction and to bring the knife to any side of the coconut tree by adjusting the ends of the ropes and moving the operator from the ground.
The machine is suitable for average heighted coconut trees and some practice will be needed for tall coconut trees.
Prototype of the machine tested on several trees successfully.
Patent application number has been obtained for all the above machines.
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