DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPROVED MOTORISED CUTTER FOR HARVESTING OIL PALM FRESH FRUIT BUNCH
Publication Date : 07/02/2018
Currently, Oil palm is one of the important crops that has being cultivated to develop the economy of Malaysia. The maximum economic potential from this crop can be achieved by increasing the usage of mechanization. Harvesting fresh fruit bunch (FFB) is one of the activities conducted in oil palm plantation. However, there are some barriers like effortless and skilled labour shortage as well as weight of the old cutter called Cantas facing the whole process. A newly developed motorized cutter has been adopted to overcome the barriers faced by Cantas. The new design consisted of Flexible shaft drive which was installed between a gasoline engine and the pole. The productivity for the new motorized cutter was 39.4% better than the manual cutting method for harvesting FFB. Moreover, the new design reduced the weight of the harvesting pole from 7.5kg to 6.5kg which subsequently decreases the fatigue on the manual labour.
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