■ Single row pickup available – particularly useful for lifting through
■ Optional range of different lifter shares (one-blade, two-blade, centre-blade)
Standard ROPA quick-change system
ROPA has designed a practical new quick-change system for switching between row pickup and swath pickup. The Keiler 2 can be switched from potato harvesting to onion harvesting in just a few minutes. The reverse is the same. One person can perform the complete coupling process easily and without requiring special tools.
A practical solution for potato farmers who also grow onions and red beets who may need to change their pickup system several times a day
■ Faster and easier change of pickup
■ The driver can do the change alone without requiring assistance from other persons
■ Specialized tools or forklift not required
■ Conversion can be done in the field
■ The attachment of the pickup offers the best accessibility for fast and easy change of sieve conveyors – switch to different pitch
■ Cover belt and sieve conveyor can run synchronously
Pickup without ridge rollers
For the 2022 potato harvest campaign, ROPA offers an optional pickup without ridge rollers. This option can be particularly advantageous for harvesting potatoes on heavy soils or under extremely difficult harvesting conditions. The new pickup without ridge rollers can be attached to the Keiler 2 and Keiler 2 Classic potato harvesters by means of a quick-change system.
On heavy soils under moist soil conditions or with a high share of sharp-edged stones, it is desirable to avoid any pressure on the potato ridge due to lump formation and in order to avoid potato damage from stones pressed against it.
A pickup without ridge rollers can be highly effective under these special harvesting conditions. The skids serve as sensors for ridge tops and ridge sides, thus no load is put on ridges. Lateral scanning of potato ridges on the outside allows lifting in combination with an enriched harvesting process. Optional hydraulically driven disc coulters ensure clean and smooth intake of the potato ridges. The required lifting depth can be set on the terminal in the usual way. The new ROPA pickup without ridge rollers automatically adjusts lifting depth, even under varying conditions.
The ROPA pickup without ridge rollers can be used for both 75 cm and 90 cm row distance. The skids and support wheels can be adjusted to the changed row distance in just a few minutes. It contributes enormously to the saving of time, especially for contractors and when harvesting different crops.
Development based on practical experience
Grossmann's Feldfrüchte - Organic farm from Bavaria
Besides potato, the pickup without ridge rollers can also be used for harvesting of other crops. It has been tested since 2019 as a pilot series by Grossmann Feldfruechte from Bavaria, among others. One of the first pickups without ridge rollers was also used for harvesting of celeriac and beetroot. True to the motto 'From farmers for farmers', ROPA new developments are tested by various practitioners in different regions in order to obtain direct feedback for potential improvements from future users and to ensure that these are implemented in the development process. As in this case, after successful practical testing, the product is launched on the market.
To the detailed report: One of the largest organic farms in Bavaria, Grossmann‘s Feldfrüchte, chooses ROPA