Automated Carrot Harvester Machines Are Mesmerizing to Watch in Action

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Carrots are good for you. They keep your eyes healthy and we recommend eating plenty if you plan on spending half your life in front of the computer or TV screen, like we do. Unlike berries and other foods that are good for eyesight, carrots are also dirt-cheap, which is surprising when you consider how much effort goes into making them.
You have to plan them, water them, spread them pick them. Most types take around 80 days to mature and usually, they're taken out of the ground by hand. However, just like there's an app for everything, there's also an automated machine for everything.

Introducing the GKIIISE, a top-spec 3-row trailed carrot harvester with elevator, which we think is rather nifty to watch in action.

The machine digs into the ground, grabs the carrots by their leaves and plucks them. The picking element comes with individual depth control on both rows as a standard, so there's less chance to break longer carrots apart.

After that, the carrots go on long 14,000 mm super-grip profile belts. A couple of brushes located underneath that remove excess dirt. The GKIIISE then removes the leaves which are not edible and a 1200 mm wide elevator sends a constant feed of these orange vegetables to a nearby trailer.

We're not carrot picking experts, but it seems the market has been corned by a company called Dewulf, which makes everything you see in these videos. They're located in a little Belgian city called Roeselare and also make some pretty impressive potato harvesters.

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