Single sided Orchard Sadie
Orchard SADIE is a pruning and leaf sweeper which clears prunings and debris from under fruit trees and vines, improving orchard hygiene. It also removes weed clumps to give clean ground for pre-emergence herbicide spraying.
The sadie now comes with both nylon bristles and rubber flaps as standard.
SADIE eliminates the need for hand raking and has proven to be important in the control of Black Spot.
SADIE's spinning head has a shear bolt system mounted immediately after the hydraulic ram, which allows the head to swing back 90º preventing further damage to the unit.
A heavy duty deflector, mounted in front of the SADIE prevents debris being thrown too far. If this deflector hits a solid object, while turning at the end of rows, a shear bolt breaks and prevents any damage.
The Orchard SADIE now comes complete with a steel mesh guard to protect tractor from flying debris. Also comes with a heavy duty deflector which fits beneath the SADIE's mesh guard protecting the bottom of the tractor. Both guards are bolt-on and have adjustable over-hang settings.
SADIE’s clean sweep reduces the amount of herbicide required to maintain weed free strips
The driver has a clear view and can easily manoeuvre the SADIE. SADIE is mounted onto the tractor's front bumper bar for best visibility and driver control. One hydraulic ram raises and lowers both the arm and angles the head, a hydraulic flow control valve regulates the head spinning speed.
Orchard Sadie with rubber flaps rear view
Rubber flaps were developed in 2001 and have been further refined for the new 2002 model. The new flaps are longer with a more tapered shape giving a softer sweep for the first 50mm (similar to nylon bristles).
Rubber flaps are recommended for use providing there are no trickle lines on the ground. They do not cause damage to vine stems or tree trunks and height setting is not critical. The advantage of rubber flaps is that they have a very long life.
SADIE leaves a neat windrow of pruning and a clean strip beneath the trees ready for herbicide spraying.
SADIE - travelling position
The hydraulic ram swings the head and arm upward to a vertical position giving a compact unit for travelling.