Originally Posted by rexbanner
Remember, commercial hop farms have hop harvesters. They cost $25-30k but automatically strip the vine for you.
Keep going...$20 to $30k will get you a used Wolf but you will stick twice that into repairs and upgrades to get it to work.
We offer a harvester/sorter for under $13k but its not quite so "automatic".
The simplest homemade picker I've seen was a thing that looked like a guillotine. It had a weighted blade that came down on another blade. You would pull the bine through it a few times to strip off all the cones and leaves. Of course you still had to sort it out but it sped things up considerably.
The worst I've seen looked like a lawn mower deck set on its side with a bunch of whirling blades and claws of doom spinning away. The "operator" threw the bine at it and cones, leaves, stems and what not went flying in every direction. I can't imagine that guy still has two arms and 10 fingers.