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Title: Field Tests of the KSU Date Palm Service Machine
Authors: S. A. Al-Suhaibani
A. S. Babier
J. Kilgour
Issue Date: 1992
Abstract: Dates are one of the most important crops in Saudi Arabia. Many agricultural opera¬tions particularly harvesting, require the man to climb the tree and work at a considerable height above the ground. This is a dangerous operation compounded by a severe labor shortage in the country. The overall size, reach, ground clearance and power required by a machine was decided after a survey of date farms carried out in Saudi Arabia in 1985. The machine consists of an electro-hydraulic controlled basket mounted on a four-wheel-drive chassis. This is driven by a diesel engine to enable the man to be elevated into the tree or power the wheels. A prototype machine has now been manufactured and completed a set of field trials in 1989 and 1990. The output of harvested dates in kg/man hour is greater with the machine than with traditional hand harvesting. However, the machine is much slower to reach a given position in the trees than is the case for traditional harvesting by hand. Ways of improving the speed and operating technique are suggested which should further improve the performance
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9145
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