D&S Hedging

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Benefits of Hedging/Topping/Skirting in Orchards

  • To keep trees at a manageable size for harvesting
  • To open up the top of the tree canopy letting more sunlight in
  • Encourages vigorous, healthy  new growth
  • Makes for easier tractor access in rows
  • Keeps pests e.g. snails out of trees and keeps fruit out of dirt
  • Increases yield and fruit quality
  • Allows easy maintenance of sprinkler irrigation systems
  • Encourages rejuvenation of trees for affected crops after severe flooding
  • Enables water conservation in times of drought

First Machine

  • New Holland TS100, 100 horsepower 4WD tractor fitted with  Afron TH1100 5 blade hedging machinery
  • 5x 24 inch saw blades
  • 3000 RPM saw spin
  • 11 foot cutting pass
  • vertical cut up to 31 feet
  • horizontal cut up to 20 feet
  • variable speed rotation cross
  • fully electric over hydraulic
  • cutting angles – undercut/horizontal/vertical

Second Machine

  • John Deere 5410, 80 horsepower 4WD tractor fitted with Afron Swan 3 blade hedging machinery
  • 3x 24 inch saw blades
  • 3000 RPM saw spin
  • 9 foot cutting pass
  • vertical cut up to 28 feet
  • horizontal cut up to 17 feet
  • variable speed rotation star
  • fully hydraulic
  • cutting angles – skirting/undercut/horizontal/vertical