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Equipment, continued

The most important piece of equipment is our $145,000 two section Coe double incline shaker. One part of the shaker grabs the tree trunk and shakes the cherries off of the trees. The other part works on the opposite side of the trees and uses a conveyer belt to load the cherries into the empty tanks. Each section is self-propelled and requires an operator. Both are covered with padded inclined panels that cushion the impact of the cherries to prevent bruising and roll them down to the conveyer belt.

The Shaker

Jim in the orchard with the shaker.

Coe shaker
In operation, Jim or John drive the shaking part of the equipment shown above. The section below follows on the opposite side of the trees and collects the cherries on a conveyer belt, which carries the cherries to tanks on the rear. From there, forklifts can pick them up and take them out of the orchard.

Conveyer belt side of shaker
The photos below are from a few years ago and show older models of shakers working the orchard.

John with a shaker in the orchard

another view of a shaker
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