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Vineyard Berm Rake

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After the Berm Rake The Bezzerides™ Berm Rake is an apparatus for removing weeds, prunings, and trash from along row crops and between adjoining trees or vines within the row while traveling along the row.

The cultivation, harvesting, and pruning of row crops have been substantially mechanized for nearly all types of crops. The trash produced in other mechanized operations has, for the most part, simply been scattered randomly throughout the area with the greatest accumulation being around the bases of the plants. The trash falling between the rows can easily be cleaned or disced in the soil, but that falling adjacent to the trees or vines within the row has been removed using manual labor. Most mechanical devises damage the trunks of the vines and trees and penetrate the outer epidermal layer of the trunks providing access for pests and hazardous substances to the interior of the plants.

The Bezzerides™ Berm Rake works between the rows and also moves in and out around the vines and trees cleaning out the weeds and trash. The Berm Rake is fully adjustable and requires no auxiliary power source other than the vehicle on which it is mounted. The equipment is ground driven and the rake wheel is pulled in and out with hydraulic rams.

Removing Weeds With The Bezzerides™ Berm Rake

The first pass through works half of each side of a row, the next pass works the other side of the row just worked, plus half of the next row. Forty to fifty acres a day may easily be worked. Some growers have reported to working 60 to 70 acres in one day. The Berm Rake may be operated up to 5 to 7 m.p.h., even in extremely hard soil conditions when used with the Bezzerides™ Vine and Tree Weeders, leaving a weed free area around the vines or trees.

The Bezzerides™ Vine and Tree Weeders are mounted on a heavy bracket that is hydraulically controlled to move them in, away from the row, or out, to make them more aggressive. By adding more leaves on the Weeder assembly it makes the unit stiffer to meet more difficult soil conditions.

If you want to stop using chemicals, and avoid all of the laws restricting them, the Bezzerides™ Berm Rake your answer to the weed problem. The cost of the equipment is easily returned the first year by saving in chemicals alone. After the initial cost all you have is maintenance. Because of the high quality of our equipment the maintenance is very low.


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