I have been trying to create a machine to climb coconuts as the existing machines are very slow and strenuous to use and frankly, most climbers prefer to climb it manually than use the existing machine, which all more or less use the same concept of the image given below

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I wanted to automate that process to make it easier and faster. Coconut Climber

I have been experimenting with machines and designs like using circular drums and powering them, using raised platforms attached to vehicles but none of them have properly materialized. So now after many futile attempts, I turn to the engineering community to help me and suggest new ideas on their own.

I am new to this and I don't know if I can ask such a question. But still I just wanted to try. Give me any ideas if you can. If you feel that this is not appropriate, please comment below and I will correct it.

Thank You

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    $\begingroup$ Please also search how native Filipinos climb coconuts. :) They use cloth-like cord to wrap around coconuts and into their feet. It is quite useful and simple as the friction generated by the cord is sufficient to hold them in place. $\endgroup$
    – Jem Eripol
    Oct 8 '17 at 7:11
  • $\begingroup$ That's how everyone does it, not just native Filipinos @JemEripol. It can be done that way but now labour is becoming increasingly costly and the number of people are also decreasing. $\endgroup$ Oct 8 '17 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ @JemEripol surely they climb the trees not the coconuts - unless they are very large.... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Oct 8 '17 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ How about genetically modifying the tree so it stays short..... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Oct 8 '17 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ @JemEripol I don't think you understand. That is the standard way. By using a cloth like cord. These machines are being not being used that much. That is what I meant when i said "prefer to climb it manually". $\endgroup$ Oct 8 '17 at 7:17

How about a "Cherry Picker" type machine? They are readily available for hire or purchase in most countries and come in all shapes and sizes...

Edit: Apparently I am not allowed to post pictures of cherry picker machines here :(

A small machine with outrigger legs and a small diesel motor could easily (and safely) allow access to the treetops and might even be faster than manual climbing.

Placing the machine equidistantly between two or more adjacent trees might make it feasible to harvest from multiple trees without moving the machine (the hydraulic arm can pivot 360 degrees around the fixed base).

  • $\begingroup$ can be considered. have to check the costs too @wossname $\endgroup$ Oct 9 '17 at 10:39

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