Grape harvester shows inventive design to relieve the labor of hand picking.
The Mecca-Nized grape harvester working in a vineyard.
Leonard Mecca’s grape harvester on display. The final unit built, this 1978 harvester has never been used in the field.
Discharge conveyor extended to convey harvested fruit and juice to a waiting wagon.
The front of the harvester showing the pivoted “fish scale” paddles, shaker fingers and the elevating conveyor moving on its downward path to gather more grapes and juice.
Above: Bank of control levers mounted on the tractor’s fender, all within easy reach of the operator. Each lever controls a different hydraulic motor on the harvester, such as shaker fingers, conveyors and blowers.
A double row of pivoted, spring-loaded paddles. As the harvester is pulled forward, the paddles swing back to allow the vines and trellis to pass through while providing a platform to catch grapes as they fall. The double row of fingers vibrates rapidly to shake grapes from the vines.