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Pluk-O-Trak Fruit Harvesting and Pruning Platform

Pluk-O-Trak Fruit Harvester

Munckhof Pluk-O-Trak Fruit Harvesters

Self-propelled fruit harvesting machine and pruning platform

The Munckhof Pluk-O-Trak is the only mechanical fruit harvesting machine with over 30 years of practical experience in the field. This is your guarantee of excellent performance and quality - confirmed by official bodies at home and abroad. The Pluk-O-Trak allows you to organize your harvesting very easily. No empty bins need to be set out, so half-full bins become a thing of the past. Moreover, the distance that has to be driven is half that required with a conventional system. This saves fuel, wear and tear on machinery and soil compaction. Efficiency is greatly increased as compared with conventional systems.

OESCO is proud to be the distributor for the Munckhof Pluk-O-Trak for the northeastern U.S. market. The Pluk-O-Trak is the perfect solution for today's orchards with their smaller trees and increased planting density. It is a mechanical fruit harvesting machine that can be quickly re-configured to serve as a platform for pruning, hand thinning, trellis maintenance and netting installation.

Munckhof has been building and selling the Pluk-O-Trak for more than 30 years to European fruit growers. OESCO imports both their Junior and the Senior models. Both machines are powered by an economical 13 HP Honda engine mated to a continuously variable belt-drive power transmission system w/ two-speed gearbox. Despite its small size, the engine is able to run at a high-idle, limiting noise, saving fuel and reducing engine wear.

Gentle fruit handling

One of the remarkable things about the Pluk-O-Trak is the gentle way in which the fruit is handled. Pickers remove the fruit from the tree and place it on a fingered conveyor belt specifically designed to carry the fruit carefully to the ultra-sensitive rotating bin filler without bruising. Fruit quality is increased by 50 – 60% as compared to conventional harvesting methods.

Note that the bin-trailer is a key part of the Pluk-O-Trak system, allowing you to concentrate on harvest operations without concerning yourself with pre-positioning bins in the row. Instead, the bins are towed behind the harvester. When the bin riding on the back of the harvester is full, the bin is gently lowered to the ground and it passes under the bin trailer as a new bin is moved into place on the harvester’s turntable. Harvesting operations are barely interrupted and there are no half-filled or over-filled bins left behind. Operations proceed at peak efficiency and productivity is greatly increased.

Specifications

Pluk-O-Trak Junior Senior
Height of trees (ft.) 11 12-13
Row Space (ft.) 10-14 12-16
Number of pickers 4-6 6-8
Bin change time 30-45 seconds
Harvesting capacity 440-770 lbs/person/hours
Length (ft.) 10 15.6
Width (ft.) 4.3 5.2
Height (ft.) 9.2
Track Width (ft.) 3.3 4.2
Ground clearance (in.) 6
Tire size 23x10.50-12 4-ply tubeless
Weight (lbs.) 1850 2200
Engine 13 HP Honda (gas)
Transmission Continuously variable
Picking belts Two belts front
Two belts middle
Two belts back (optional)
Two belts front
Two belts middle
Two belts back
Picking platforms One each side (30" x 16") Two each side (47" x 16")
Steering Hand-operated chain drive Hydraulic
Speed, low gear (mph) Low speed: 0 - 1.2
Speed, high gear (mph) High speed: 0 - 2.5

Options

  • Bin trailer with 16.5 ft roller conveyors, hydraulic bin elevator, two rear swivel wheels
  • Two- or four-way leveling system
  • Fully automatic steering system (Senior)
  • Compressor for pruning equipment
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two extra picking belts (Junior)