A modern high capacity potato harvester built by Grimme

A Potato harvester is a type of agricultural machinery designed to assist in the harvesting of potatoes.

Operation[edit | edit source]

They work by lifting the potatoes using a spade or disc on to a webbed belt where all the loose clay fall out. The potatoes then move back on the harvester on to dolmen rollers and the on to a picking table where a men pick out the stones and the clay. The potatoes then go on to a side elevator and into a trailer or a potato box.

They come in single row or double row, some are self propelled and others are trailed behind tractors.

History[edit | edit source]

A Ferguson potato digger

The early machines just turned the ground over to lay then on top. latter machines used a spining rotor with forks to push the potatoes out siminl to the action used to dif the out manualy with a fork. The first machines were horse driven and just pulled along with the drive comoing from a land wheel to operate the rotor.

Main article: potato spinner

Manufacturers[edit | edit source]

A Horse drawn Blackstone potato Digger

Early makers[edit | edit source]

Modern makers[edit | edit source]

  • Grimme
  • AVR
  • Amac
  • DeWulf
  • Standen
  • Ropa
  • IMAC
  • Kvernland

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