Tractor-Mounted, Over-the-Hood, Expanding Deck, Two-Man Orchard Platform

Expanding Deck

The LaGasse Orchard  Two-Man Orchard Platform is mounted over the top of the Hood of an open-cab Tractor

Tractor Requirements: Hydrostatic Transmission required; Four-wheel drive recommended

Tractor steering and forward speed can be controlled from the Platform Deck (no one in the driver’s seat)   –  or  –   Tractor can be operated as normal from the driver’s seat.

The deck is approximately 5’-2” (1.57m) above the ground

The deck is 7’-0” (2.13m) wide  x  9’-0” (2.74m) long when retracted;  expands manually to 10’-0” (3.05m) wide  x 9’-0” (2.74m)  long in 6” (.15m) increments

Each of two expanding Deck sections rolls on ball bearing Trolleys and are held in place by two pins

Deck surface is serrated aluminum bar grating

Deck section over Tractor Hood can be raised to allow Tractor Hood to be raised for maintenance

A user-friendly, front-mounted ladder provides access to the Deck

To provide full height access to the trees adjacent to the edges of the Platform, there are no interfering railings around perimeter of Deck

To allow compliance with OSHA fall protection requirements, a Harness Rail Frame is provided for attachment of Fall Protection Body Harnesses

Harness Rail Frame is located 6’-10” (2.08m) above the Deck surface {12’-0” overall height (3.66m)}

The Harness Rail Frame has two parallel rails, one for each man on the Deck

The Harness Rail Frame is easily detachable when Tractor-mounted Platform is to be transported on a trailer

Tractor steering and forward speed is controlled from the Platform Deck by means of a miniature Joystick connected to the electrical enclosure by an armored cable

The Joystick controls a Gearmotor to turn the Tractor steering wheel and controls a Linear Actuator to operate a forward speed lever

The Joystick is large enough to be easily operated when wearing thick winter gloves

The Joystick is provided with attachment hardware to allow it to be clipped to Body Harness webbing or a belt or a pocket

An emergency stop button is provided at waist level above the Deck

Fork tubes at the base of the Platform frame allow the entire Platform assembly to be easily lifted from/installed onto the Tractor with a forklift Some of the orchard operations for which the Orchard Platform is useful are: stringing and fastening multiple trellis wires, installing wire tighteners and vertical support wires, fastening trees to the wires, dormant and summer pruning, hand thinning, installing mating disruption dispensers and more

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