MPOB has introduced an oil palm motorised cutter called ‘Cantas Evo’ that works effectively for palms with harvesting height of below 7-metres. Cantas which is powered by a small petrol engine has been proven to double up harvesting output compared to manual harvesting. Even though Cantas Evo has shown very positive results in-terms of productivity and quality, but the R&D has never stopped as to improve its performance and cost-effectiveness. Over the past two years, a new generation motorized cutter has been designed, developed and tested. The prototype employs gear-box at the bottom of the machine which brings down the point centre of gravity that helps the handling become more convenient. Almost 50% of the components have been cut-off which brings to the saving on components of about RM306.06/machine. Results of the laboratory tests showed that the prototype passed all the required tests, i.e. functional, fatigue and vibration test.. A field trial conducted in Banting Selangor for 4-5-metres palms’ height revealed that the machine was able to harvest about 3 t day-1( 4 working hours). As for the economics, based on the estimated machine price of RM3100 per unit plus its operational, repair and maintenance costs, the cost effectiveness is calculated to be RM1.72 t-1 FFB.
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