Agri-Valley, Inc. The Fruit Picker Used Worldwide Since 1986 
 
   
   

                                                                           

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase the complete picker head unit separately from the pole? Yes.  

How long will the mesh bag last?  We have seen the snaps rust away after 15 years, but the bag was still useable. A replacement bag is not expensive.

Can I use my pool pole? Yes, we have included instructions below showing how to adapt a pool pole to fit the picker’s stem. Remember to remove the bicycle grip first, and then drill the handle end of your pool pole. It is highly probable that you won’t want to put your pool pole back into the pool after using it as a harvesting tool.

Can I use a bamboo pole from the jungle? Yes, with bailing wire, as is done in Central America

How can I clean my picker/pool pole to reuse in the pool? This can be very difficult, as the debris and sap now stuck to the pole will not clean up easily. Warm water and a mild soap or vinegar can help, but you really should consider a purpose built pole specifically made for picking. 

My pool pole has an external tightening collar, and won’t lock down after extending, collapsing in use when I use it as a picking pole. What’s wrong? Poles which have internal twist-lock cams do not get dirt and debris on the locking mechanism inside the pole. External “pinch-pole” styles get slippery and grimy quickly in the field and typically collapse within days of use because they won’t grip the extension section.

Why does the picker come with four wall-paper stripper blades? SHARP BLADES! HANDLE WITH EXTREME CARE! The picker comes with four blades because of the differences in stem tissue on fruit types. Soft stems like Mango and Avocado typically only need one blade to cut completely through. However, Citrus, Lychee, Longan and other types have very woody type tissue and one blade only cuts halfway through that type stem: Thus the second blade. The rest are spares.

 What is best way to care for the cutting blades, after picking? The blades are made from razor steel, and they will rust quickly when exposed to moisture. Squirt or oil them with any common household oil and they can last for many seasons.

How long of a pole can I use to pick very tall trees with high inside fruit? The length of your pole is dictated by the strength in your shoulders and the weight of the fruit you are picking. A 5 lb. Keitt mango on the end of a 15 foot pole, held at 10 degrees, is a formidable physics equation. But you will learn the answer very quickly…

What is the correct way to pick fruit with a Clip-N-Pick? The correct way to pick with a Clip-N-Pick is to use an empty 5 gallon bucket, placed 10-13 feet away from where you stand. Bring the picker down to the bucket and flip the frame assembly so the fruit goes into the bucket, not on the ground. Adjusting the pole frequently is not usual. No hands, no dirt and no leaf litter.
 
How can I contact Agri-Valley, Inc.?  Email us at agrivalley@live.com