KMS Rinklin Vineyard Defoliators/Leaf Pluckers provide a well ventilated fruit zone and not only thin out the fruit zone carefully and gently, but also expels the cut foliage cleanly. This not only reduces fungal infections in the fruit zone, but also in the bunches themselves.
The vine leaves whether large or small, dry or wet are plucked off by a suction fan between a rubber cylinder and a hollow cylinder. The removed leaves are ejected forward into the row and away from the canopy.
Unique to the KMS plucker is the optional DUO Turbine available on the full range of models. This provides a second fan mounted behind the plucker head that blows a jet of air into the canopy to remove inflorescence residues from grapes.
A well-ventilated grape zone makes a major contribution towards grape health.
The two-sided rear mounted defoliator by KMS Rinklin offers all the same features as the front mounted version but is mounted on the 3 point linkage with the choice of a single axle or dual axle chassis. This may suit a customer that is wanting to run a trimmer on the front of the machine and pluck in the same pass. The rear mounted plucker also comes with a Hydraulic Power Pack integrated into the carrier frame (PTO driven), therefore suiting tractors with low hydraulic capacity