About Potato Harvesters
A potato harvester is an essential piece of farming equipment and can be attached to most tractors or sold as independent units. Most modern potato harvesting machines are fully automated and can be used to separate the potatoes from the soil itself, rather than the more labour intensive and costly process of separating by hand.
The process works by removing the potato, crop and soil together through a specially designed tool. All of this material is then moved on to a series of mesh or webbed trays and the loose soil is sieved out either from the motion of the machine or by automated vibration depending on machine type. The left over potatoes and material is then moved to the back of the harvester and on to a sorting table where waste material is removed. This can either be done by hand or be fully automated depending on your requirements. In the case of automated machines the potatoes are then transported via conveyor into a trailer or storage container that typically runs along side the harvester. The loose soil and other materials are expelled from the machine.
It is important to check that the connection points of the potato harvester can link up with your tractor and existing farming equipment, most are universal. It is also important to ensure that none of the blades or tooling have been damaged. If the tools used to remove the potatoes from the soil are out of alignment or damaged there is the risk that the crop will be lost.