Harvesting Equipment

For New Zealand Conditions

This page catalogues both small and large walnut harvesting equipment used by growers in New Zealand.

The owners of the equipment shown here are happy to share information with fellow NZ Walnut Industry Group members. Also see our harvester enquiry page , use Click & Chat  or the Contact Us Form for questions.

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Hand Held Harvesters

Hand operated walnut harvesters

These hand held wire basket type rollers are a very effective way to harvest walnuts. Most New Zealand walnut growers started with this method.

They can be purchased from this web site www.lourdangrove.co.nz/nutharvester . A German version can also be bought from Basil and Trudi Meyer. Email Basil and Trudi

Walk Behind Walnut Harvesters

Prebble Solid Disk Harvester

These harvesters are constructed of stainless steel tubing and have solid plastic disks that pick up the nuts. This type of disk doesn’t collect as much orchard floor rubbish as spiky disks do.

Closeup of solid disks.

Solid disk walnut harvesters are used by Ian Sheerin, Jenny and Malcolm Lawrence, Graeme and Barbara Nicholas, and  others

Bag A Nut Harvester

Bag A Nut’s are made in Florida and very popular in the United States.

Above, an older style of Bag A Nut being used near Geraldine. They pick  walnuts up well and are quite common on both walnut and hazelnut orchards in NZ. They work well in combination with a washing system that can remove, leaves etc. Alan Mathewson of  The Hazelnut Co. acts as the local agent/importer.

Towable Walnut Harvesters

These pictures show various arrangements for towing a Bag A Nut harvester. Tim Armitage and Hugh Stevenson use systems like this.

Small Self Propelled Walnut Harvesters

Walnut Harvester AMB no 2

AMB Rousset Harvester No 2

This small French self propelled harvester efficiently collects nuts and expels rubbish. It harvests the walnuts into bins. It is very efficient and is suitable for orchards under 10 ha. One downside is that the bins fill quickly and need to be manually emptied.

Russel Hurst near Oamaru, Paul Visser and John Hollings have these machines at the time of writing. Andrew and Jo Horsbrugh are the local agents for AMB Rousset equipment walnut harvesting machines. Their phone number is 03 347 9414

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Tim and Cherry Armitage’s German Harvester.

This OB50 harvester – the smallest offered by Feucht Obsttechnik GmbH of Germany is suitable for a small farm of about 100 walnut trees or for a new farm with a total annual pick-up under five tonnes. More than that would require a larger machine, more people at harvest or working longer hours to achieve total pick-up.  
Tim and Cherry plan to use this harvester for the next one or two years, and then trade up to a larger ride-on version. This will give them time to increase their drying and sorting resources to meet the increased demand.

Locally Made Harvesters

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Neville Gurr’s Homemade Harvester

Neville put this harvester together himself with the help of a friend in Palmerston North.
The  base of the machine is a three wheel Jacobsen mower that Neville bought for $500. For the money he got the three hydraulic motors that drive the sweeping brush, the pickup and the conveyor as well as all the other things like the seat, motor frame and wheels etc. Neville says that it is an ideal base to build the machine on. 
The 1200mm wide pickup uses the same type of rotating rubber finger system as the Rousset and Feucht machines and his friend in Palmerston North has the design templates for this so a copy could be built.
The machine uses ducted airflow from a permanently mounted leaf blower to remove leaves and rubbish.
All in all a nice machine and it cost less than $10,000. Great work Neville.
You can Email Neville here

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Nelson Hubber’s Machine

This machine is mounted on an old Kobota F1900 mower and was made by Nelson Hubber at West Melton. The walnuts are picked up by a “Bag A Nut spiky roller”. Ducted air comes from a centrifugal fan. It removes leaves and also blows walnuts away from around the trees. This is a retractable system which is shown here in its extended position.   At the time the picture was taken and the video made the machine was in its third year of use and it  harvested 7.5 tonnes for the season. In the past three years it has harvested about 9.5 tonnes each year

Walnut Harvester Sherrin 2

Ian Sheerin’s Harvester

A simple walnut harvester mounted on a Kubota F1900 mower. This harvester uses solid disks and the nuts are collected in bins that go on the front.

The middle picture shows the machine under construction. Far right picture is a close up of the bins, fingers and disks. Ian operated this machine for the first time in the 2015 season and says it’s effective and doesn’t pick up much rubbish in the way of twigs, leaves etc.

Larger Capacity Commercial Harvesters

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 Rousset – New Small Model

You can see a video about one of these machines working in New Zealand in our Video Gallery

Rousset – New Compact Model

Rousset Harvesters

Conditions in France are very similar to ours and so these AMB Rousset walnut harvesters fit into our New Zealand situations very well. They use a high capacity system that is able to handle leaves and rubbish very well. I the time of writing there are five of these in Canterbury. All on the largest orchards. 

See AMB Rousset’s website

Andrew and Jo Horsbrugh are New Zealand agents for all AMB Rousset equipment. Their phone number is 03 347 9414

Second hand Rousset machines.

Some of the Rousset machines in New Zealand were bought second hand and they are larger capacity models. But what about smaller second hand ones. The video opposite shows a small machine which would probably be very suitable it one could be sourced. Just a thought. 

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 The Feucht Obsttechnik OB100A Harvesters

These are new in New Zealand and there are already two in Canterbury. They are from the same factory as Tim Armitage’s small walk behind. These machine’s give a lot of capability for the money. The company that makes them is called Feucht Obsttechnik and this is the link to the web page for the machine pictured here.
Basil and Trudi Meyer are the representatives. They have visited the factory and can help you for more information. Phone 03 317 8130. [email protected]

Another Harvester Brand To Consider

Monchiero

We know of one older model Monchiero harvester in New Zealand but not any new models, pictured opposite. 

There is an Australian/New Zealand agent based at a place called Glass House Mountains in Queensland Australia. There are more than 80 of these machines operating in various nut industries throughout Australia. See the Australian website. 

Italian Monchiero model 2050 harvester 

Videos on this page are also in our Video Gallery

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