Since Chestnut Orchard Solutions made the decision to purchase the largest chestnut harvesting unit known, we travelled to Italy to see it being assembled at the FACMA facility. We are lucky we did this because while there we found an accessory for the machine that makes it even more friendly for all Michigan orchards, especially smaller ones. This new addition is a bin that fits on the back of the harvester, meaning we don’t need to pull a large trailer through the orchard for just a few hundred pounds. FACMA is always coming up with new innovations.
The FACMA 380s is the biggest machine FACMA makes. With an 80 hp EPA-approved diesel engine, it is more than double the power of MSU’s FACMA 180s machine. More power means a faster harvest which means more orchards can be harvested in the harvest season. Here are some photos of our 380S as they are assembling it on May 29, 2018.
Remember, FACMA makes machines that “harvest and clean”, we are emphasizing that the FACMA machines not only pick up the nuts, but also separate them from the burs, flat nuts, leaves and small sticks before sending them to the collection bins or bags. No other harvester does all this. The machine will be shipped soon to it new home in Michigan.