Poplar short rotation forestry harvesting prototype
14th European Biomass Conference & Exibition
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The only commercial harvester on the market is a corn chopper with SRF head whose operative and mechanical characteristic did not allowed to harvest plants which basal diameter superior the 60 mm. This dimension is reached in one year age crops. As the industry request a product with low percentage of bark, it is preferable harvest poplar when it has almost two years age. The needs to develop a machine able to harvest 2 years old poplar arisen. The machine was developed by Spapperi S.r.l. with the scientific support of ISMA. The prototype was tested both in experimental field tests to evaluate the performance and the design formulation then in continuative tests to evaluate the machine reliability. In this note the first results of the experimental tests are reported.