Esta entrevista es con un equipo local que posee la poda 2 tijeras de Electrocoup y cuando se detuvieron en su mantenimiento anual de este año, nos preguntamos si iban a compartir su experiencia con ustedes. Estas dos personas son parte de una familia más grande que todo el trabajo como un equipo con las tijeras Electrocoup cerca de las montañas de la Sierra.
This interview is with a local pruning team that owns 2 Electrocoup shears and when they stopped in for their Annual Maintenance this year, we asked if they would share their experience with you. These two people are part of a larger family that all work as a crew all with Electrocoup shears in the Sierra foot hills. [Subtitles in English provided]
I love this method because I don’t have to bend down and kill my back. Plus I can get the work done quickly without needing a tractor.
Q: What kind of diameter were you cutting in the video?
A: Between 1 and 2 inches but some larger like 2.5-3″. There is a cool technique I learned on how to cut large material with the medium head by rotating the tool in the same direction that the cutting blade is moving in while the blade is closing.
Q: What is the purpose of cutting down those trunks?
A: Those vines are infected with Phylloxera because they are not grafted, so I am removing them for replanting in 2017.
Q: What kind of vineyards do that kind of work?
A: Any vineyard or other operation requiring removal of the plant at soil level could use our tool for that purpose. Using the Electrocoup pruner is better than a saw because any small amount of soil will destroy a chain saw in seconds and reciprocating saws dull faster also.
Any type of systemic disease could require this type of work. There are many disease that infect vineyards and require removal of vines, Pearces Disease, Phylloxera infestation, Red Blotch….long list not to mention Eutypa, Crown Gall, black gooo…
Q: How is the work usually done?
A: Sometimes the vines are cut to 18″ tall and pulled up with a chain attached to a tractor. I will be cutting as low as possible and then using a tillage machine to chop up and release the roots and below ground stump.
Q: Is there a certain time of year that this work is usually done?
A: Could be anytime of year but preferably after harvest and before budbreak, during the dormant season.
Q: Who’s your amazing cinematographer?
A: My son shot this at the Dog and Oyster
Pruning with manual shears and loppers really took a toll on Phyllis Morris’s hands, wrists, and arms. In 2007 (after double-carpal tunnel surgery) she made the switch to Infaco’s incredibly light and powerful Electrocoup shear. Since then Phyllis has seen her own efficiency double and has seen so many other benefits too. We’re so proud to be able to help people like Phyllis keep doing what they love to do!
To see Phyllis in action, check out how she does her suckering and summer pruning in this follow-up video.
Listen to the owner of DeRose Vineyard explain how they use Infaco’s Electrocoup F3010 and the EPAv2 desuckering tools to increase productivity and worker comfort and safety.
If you watched our video with Brooke Hazen of Olive Leaf Hills talking about his experience using the Electro’liv you may have asked yourself, “Yeah but what if the electric olive harvester bruises the olives?” Well wonder no more: Brooke just took Best in Class at the 2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition! Congrats to Brooke on the win and for having the guts to up his olive harvesting game!
Infaco USA is thrilled to share this story from Sebastopol olive grower Brooke Hazen of Olive Leaf Hill Mills/Goldridge Organic Farms. This is a long video but we just could’t bring ourselves to cut any more of it! Brooke uses Infaco’s Electro’liv battery-operated olive harvester – here are the highlights:
- Went from harvesting 2 tons/day to 6 tons/day
- Used to have 30 hand-harvesters and now has a crew of just 19
- Quality remained the same and kept winning awards
- Transition to mechanical harvesting was easy and workers loved it
Brooke also shares valuable info about how he organized his harvest crews.
Why does Larry Smyth of Carriage Vineyards like his F3010 Electrocoup pruning shear? Maybe it’s the 20% increase in productivity and less wasted time re-training crews….!
Richard Sauret explains how the Electrocoup F3010 with DSES safety system saves him time and helps make more cuts possible while pruning his 13,000 vines alone.