Products > UL 1000 and UL750 Selective Tea Harvesters

Williames Tea Pty Ltd Now has a New Two Person SELECTIVE Tea Plucker which selectively plucks 92,000 times per hour across the tea at 4 kilometres an hour with quality as good as or better than hand plucked leaf.

To register your interest please email info@williamestea.com

Key benefits of the NEW Williames Selective Tea Harvester are as follows:-

  • Plucks high quality soft green two leaves and a bud - Other mechanical harvesters cut and remove everything including some maintenance foliage which adversely affects the quality.
  • Selective. Only picks mature tea leaf while leaving the immature buds for the next round to improve yield. Other mechanical tea harvesters are non-selective. As a result they harvest the immature buds which increases the time for tea leaf to mature and in turn reduces yield.
  • Reduces labour. Only 2 persons required to operate the machine which can do the work of 15 hand pluckers. Labour cost and availability is a key issue for the International Tea Industry.
  • No ground preparation – Two person operation, skid plate travels on top of the tea eliminating “walking bounce”.
  • Requires no operator adjustment – just sit it on top of the tea for perfect height control and very high quality leaf. Operator support required for “Tipping”.

The UL1000 & UL750 selective tea harvesters have been operating since 2013.

We welcome your enquiry and to join with you in planning forward to meet your specific requirements.


 

The machine is also being very well received in the tea-growing regions of Africa and field trials are currently under way in Malawi. Dr Albert Changaya, Director of the Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa, is quoted as saying:

“We are very happy with the machine, people are excited about the machine as well. We are getting up to 92% green leaf quality which was not there before. We have proposed a trial now to look at so many aspects but we feel we will get very good results”.

 Dr Albert Changaya, Director of the Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa

"I have witnessed the demo of selective plucking machines ultra light weight UL750 and UL1500 models developed by Mr. Geoff and his colleagues in Assam and Southern India. These are wonderful machines developed by the team after several years of dedicated work. All the staff (managers and workers) at both the tea estates are very happy working with these equipment since it has reduced drudgery associated with manual plucking. The small farmers are happy since it fetched better price for them when leaves are sold to the factory. The factory personnel are equally happy since there is less wastage when leaves are processed. In my well considered opinion, the development of these machines will be an important breakthrough for the tea industry all over the world in this decade."

Dr. K. Srinivasan
Chief Scientist - Agricultural Research
Chennai, TN, India

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