Grimme GZ 1700 trailed potato harvester at EofES - IMG 0105

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.


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.


Ferguson potato spinner - bath - IMG 5052

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


Blackstone 'Digger' potato spinner at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1172

A Horse drawn Blackstone potato Digger

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