While it may not help to build calluses, nor a respect for our ancestors, the Kivi-Pekka rock picker comes with character (not to mention the efficiency over hand-bombing rocks into a tractor bucket).
Manufactured in Finland, Kivi-Pekka’s rock picker is offered in four widths — 13, 17, 20, and 23 feet. And the optional flex drum allows the collection of stones from 1.5 to 20 inches.
“The way they work is they just roll the rocks to the centre, and then these heavy S-tines throw them into the bucket, and you can dump it,” says Steve Schroeder, Kivi-Pekka, adding an operator can dump the load up to roughly nine feet high.
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Soil is sieved in three phases, first as the stones enter the machine, over the sieve; then as its dropped into the stone tank; and in the soil container during tipping. This enables the operator to use clean stones in construction or roads.
The standard mesh size for the picker is 40mm, with options in 30, 35, and 50.
The picker runs on a 540 PTO, with roughly 70 horsepower, and 20 litres per minute in hydraulic capacity.
It’s currently sold in 43 countries, including Canada, and used in land clearance, road renovations and foundation work, golf courses, and landscaping.