Courtesy Oxbo InternationalThe self-propelled Oxbo 9120 raspberry harvester can replace 100 to 200 hand harvesters.Oxbo International Corp. has introduced the 9120 raspberry harvester specifically designed to pick high-quality fruit.
The Lynden, Wash.-based company showed off its new machine at the recent World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., where it was named one of the top 10 new products at the show.
The self-propelled machine features Oxbo's proprietary Orbirotor, a rotary style picking head that can be used in both raspberries and blueberries, says Scott Korthuis, berry, citrus and tree fruit product manager.
If growers can get raspberries from the cane to the frame within 30 seconds, they have an opportunity to sell them to high-value markets, such as for individual quick frozen, he says.
The Oxbo 9120 also goes a long way to address labor issues, replacing 100 to 200 hand harvesters, Korthuis says.
"If you ask a farmer, 'what's your No. 1 concern?' If he has hand labor, that's his No. 1 concern," he says.
Based on input from growers, Oxbo designed the machine with minimal drops to reduce fruit damage, Korthuis says.
The machine features a Kubota 48-horsepower diesel engine, short wheel base for a tight turning radius and a side-operator platform.
The Plus+1 control system lets drivers easily adjust harvester height and check diagnostics. A global positioning system and yield monitor also can be added.