Development of simplified spinach harvester (Part 1) . Trial manufacture of portable harvester and problems to improve
Journal of the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery 60(2): 103-110
A portable spinach harvester was developed experimentally, and the problems of developing a more convenient and efficient machine were examined using 3 spinach cultivars as test material. Results indicated that the working efficiency of the machine was 60% that of human labour. For the cultivar with vertical leaves, the rate of spinach of suitable quality for retail was 76-79% in ordinary operations, when the spinach was judged by the degree of damage to leaves and the cut length of the root.