|PRODUCTS FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING|
Prices 1.1.2005 (euro, without VAT. free in Kukkola)
- basic Crawler with one worker platform 3960.00
- second worker platform 830.00
- canvas roof 80 cm 395.00
- solar cell, acting also as a roof 1215.00
- transport band (e.g. for cucumbers) 945.00
Crawler is a motorized lay-down working cart for all horticultural handwork.
Planting, weeding and harvesting is done by lying on padded supports: no strain in your knees or back!
Efficacy - comfort
Moving on the field is the hard part of the weeding or picking (weeds or strawberries are rather light!). On the Crawler you can lie on padded supports that suspend you over the crop row, while your both hands are free to work. Speed control and steering is done by foot pedals. 12 V electric motors make no noise, no fumes. Solar cells can be easily installed.
We have recently developed a special version of Crawler for forest plant production in greenhouses. 16-24 m wide greenhouses suffer from a weed problem as well and must be weeded normally twice every summer. Since the greenhouse is nearly full of seedling trays, hand weeding has been very time-consuming and physically hard work. With Crawler, even 8-fold weeding efficacy has been reached. Occupational injuries are now history.
Basic model with one or two worker platforms and 195 cm cross tubes, which make wheel trac up to 175 cm possible. Just with longer tubes, wheel track up to 250 cm possible.
In good conditions (even field, firm soil) even three workers can work on Crawler, when one worker is between the wheels, two on the sides. The distance between outermost workers can be up to 4 meters. Wheel track can freely adjusted.
Special cross tubes enable track width up to 5 meters. Limited track width adjustment, +/- 40 cm. If you need many different widths, several pairs of vross tubes are needed.
Track width up to 8 meters is OK, then crosstubes are specially constructed. Limited adjustments. See photographs above. Worker platforms are on ball bearings, very easy to slide sidewards. They can also be turned around 180 degrees without turning the whole machine. Only two workers.
Throughout the season
We have made a video illustrating Weed Master and Crawler! This 14 min video shows major weed control options for organic vegetable production, as well as hand weeding and picking on Crawler. The video is available as VHS-tape (European standard) and CD. CD is compatible with DVD players and all Windows-computers (operating system 98 or higher, MediaPlayer software). The sound is unfortunately only in Finnish.
If you are interested, the VHS-tape costs 20 euro (including shipping and handling), CD we can send for free.
CRAWLER FOR WIDE BEDS
For steering, special sensing switches have been build: 26 cm wide "paths" are enough. Crawler senses trays and the worker has just the speed to control. Steering sensors work on single pot beds as well.
The widest model we have constructed until now is 12 m wide. For over 3 m wide models, the adjustment is somewhat limited, so the beam/frame must be custom build for your conditions (width of the bed).
The support (seat) can easily been turned 180 degrees vertically to facilitate easy turning at end of the greenhouse, you do not need to turn the whole Crawler. They are also easy to slide left and right even when lying on the "massage table". This is useful, when there is only few weeds to pick.
Price for a 4-8 m wide model including
- two seats, freely sliding left and right, turning 360 degrees
- steering sensors
varies from 5000-6000 euro, 8-12 m wide models 6860 euro. Detailled information is under preparation.
Crawler can be built to different purposes. Below you will find some solutions; if they do not fit to your needs, please, contact us, and we will work out a solution for you.
Track widths 8-12 m need contstruction as drawn above. Worker platforms as above, one on each side.