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