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Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan--Publication-Special Publication of TARI-No.193

No.193

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Development of a Riding-type Tea Plucking Machine

Development of a Riding-type Tea Plucking Machine

Wu-Huan Hsu1, Jyh-Rong Tsay2

1 Assistant Agricultural Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Division, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute
2 Senior Agricultural Engineer and Deputy Director-General, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute

Abstract

    In this research, the past foundations of research and development of agricultural machineries has been used to develop a riding-type tea plucking machine to meet the tea farmers and mechanization’s needs, thus reducing production costs and enhancing export competitiveness of local tea products. In 2012, a prototype of riding-type tea plucking machine has been developed and tested in the Songboling tea district where the biggest tea machine harvested area in Taiwan. The result shows that its working capacity one hectare spent 5.6 hours was about 1.9 times from that of double-carried tea picking machine. The large portion of the tea gardens of Songboling tea district is belong to stepped terrain, the height gap between two nearby tea gardens and the lack of head land led the machine hard to operate. If any tea farmer wants to have further applications of the machine in the future, the operating width should being improved and become wider, and the studies on practicability of the machine are still remaining the efforts
space.

Keywords: Riding-type, Tea Plucking Machine, Development, Reciprocating Cutter.

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