OLIVE PRUNING MECHANIZATION SYSTEM WITH A NEW TYPE OF ELEVATED WORK PLATFORM

A. Leone, P. Amirante , A. Tamborrino
Pruning is one of the most important crop techniques that influences the longevity of the tree, and quantitative and qualitative aspects of crop production. Nowadays though, this crop technique results to be the main costs, second only to the harvesting of the fruits. Nowadays the tools that are used for pruning of olive trees are loppers (traditionally made out of wood, but currently made out of aluminum). For the cutting hand saws or pneumatic chainsaws are used. The pruning done in this matter results to be tiresome, due to the ladders transport up and down, together with various tools, and because of the problems related to the workers’ safety who have to work holding themselves in balance on unsteady ladders. In this paper the fine tuning of a movable platform specifically for agriculture is studied, to thereby facilitate the pruning of olive trees and harvesting of the fruits. The research had been realized in three different phases, the first regards the planning of the machine’s fine tuning, the second regards its certification according to the European laws CEE 89/392, in compliance with the decrees 91/368, 93/44 and 93/68 and finally the third phase regards the experimental tests that will be carried out, comparing the system with the traditional pruning system using loppers.
Leone, A., Amirante , P. and Tamborrino, A. (2012). OLIVE PRUNING MECHANIZATION SYSTEM WITH A NEW TYPE OF ELEVATED WORK PLATFORM. Acta Hortic. 949, 391-398
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.949.57
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.949.57
pruning, elevated work platform, hydraulic system
English

Acta Horticulturae