New Holland Braud 9090X grape harvester put to work

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New Holland has put its new Braud 9090X grape harvester to the ultimate test; how much can it harvest in a day’s work (eight hours)? – the answer, 197.6-tonnes

The New Holland Braud 9090X harvesting grapes
The New Holland Braud 9090X was harvesting 24.7 tonnes of grape per hour during the test
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The test, in conjunction with C&S Devito vineyards and Riverland Vintners Winery, took place on the March 21, 2018 in Waikerie, South Australia, on a seven-hectare red-grape parcel.

"This test shows how top productivity can go hand-in-hand with harvesting and destemming accuracy," New Holland’s head of the grape & olive product line Thierry Le Briquer says.

"The test also confirms New Holland as the leader in the grape harvester business, and the Braud 9090X as the highest-productivity grape-harvester ever," he adds.

The new state-of-the-art Braud 9090X series with de-stemmer and side conveyor provides wine growers with exceptional capacity and speed of operation – while improving wine quality by removing stems and material other than grapes from the fruit sample.

In terms of features, the Braud 9090X has a tier 3, 175hp, 6-cylinder FPT engine. Inside the cab it features the integrated IntelliView touch-screen monitor that provides full access to all key harvesting functions and boosts efficiency and productivity.

The 9090X also includes the unique Braud SDC shaking system, which allows each shaking rod to be independent and rear-mounted on a flexible support. New Holland says this allows perfect control of the shaker for the gentlest picking, while the Noria bucket and fruit-catching system enables collection and transport with no fruit damage.

The Braud 9090X working

The Braud 9090X’s newly-introduced de-stemming technology for side conveyor, will benefit large-scale grape growers with the highest productivity as well as the best fruit sample.

"Racchis, stems and other green debris are removed upon harvesting, hence avoiding MOG contamination during transport and unloading. This dramatically improves wine quality," New Holland says.

"The Braud 9090X with the de-stemming unit represents a real breakthrough in the market, coupling high capacity with top wine quality," grape & olive global product manager Philippe Boisseau says. "We see enormous market potential for this combination, which has recently been launched in the North American and Asia and Pacific regions."

The first Braud self-propelled grape harvester (Braud 1020) was released in 1975; with more than 15,000 units sold since. Braud harvesters are manufactured in the French Coex production plant - New Holland’s centre of excellence for self-propelled grape and olive harvesters.

"New Holland grape harvesters, together with specialty tractors, confirm our worldwide leadership in the specialised sector," New Holland Agriculture brand president Carlo Lambro says. 

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