SHAKEN, NOT PICKED
IT IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR INGREDIENTS IN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE: THE OLIVE. THE POPULAR ALL-ROUNDER THAT MANY GERMAN HOUSEHOLDS SIMPLY CANNOT DO WITHOUT. HOWEVER, VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW HOW THE STONE FRUIT GETS FROM THE TREE TO THE PROCESSING PLANT AND THAT DEUTZ ENGINES PLAY A KEY ROLE.
The Olive is an international star – and has been for more than 7,000 years. Even then the Cretans knew about the versatility of the fruit. By now it has spread throughout the whole Mediterranean region and is used internationally for cooking, roasting, or baking. An olive tree can yield around 30 kilograms (66 pounds). To achieve this, the ripe fruit must first be shaken out of the branches – in the truest sense of the word. How this happens is demonstrated by equipment from agricultural machinery manufacturer Moresil.
Moresil, based in Posadas, Spain, can look back on more than 60 years of experience. It offers three product lines; Harvesting machines for olive and fruit trees, harvesting attachments for combine harvesters and machines for cleaning crops.
A tree shaker for olives and an olive harvester can significantly increase productivity during harvesting. They help avoid a large amount of heavy physical work in contrast to the traditional harvesting method. They also save a lot of time so that all olive trees can be successfully harvested even in a very short window for harvesting.
The three-wheeled Moresil BM 300 buggy is equipped with the latest technology. Its movements and shaking of the olive or fruit trees can be controlled electronically. The buggy uses a DEUTZ TCD3.6L4 engine with 120 hp and an electronic control system. With this engine, the power input is always adapted to the requirements of the respective operation. It allows the basic consumption to be reduced by more than 30 percent compared to standard use. A specific program that is particularly suitable for the local terrain or the respective driver can always be selected from several different movement programs. The shaking function can be adjusted individually for each tree species. There are also several different shaking programs to choose from, allowing optimal adaptation to different types of olive groves.
The shaking mechanism can also be individually reconfigured using various tools and accessories so that different trees can be shaken at the right intensity. The falling olives are caught by a large umbrella, which is extended under the tree before the shaking process. The buggy is designed to work under the branches of the olive trees – a very low back makes it easy to move back and forth between the trees.
The Buggy is very popular on the market – not only with numerous customers from Mediterranean countries, but also in other international markets such as Argentina.