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Old 09-19-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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This is my fruit picker. The handle on it is 14'. This is one of the best tools you could want if you have apple trees. No climbing around in your trees like a monkey or hanging on limbs like an ape shaking them to get apples to drop. This one is old. It words good enough. There are nice ones you can buy for cheap. There are telescoping poles you can buy for cheap too. This one is a new design, Fruit Picker - Lee Valley Tools
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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I have a home made one similar to that. It was in left in my tool shed by the former owner - a family that lived here since 1900. Mine is for picking pecans.
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Hazelnut, I have a pecan tree and would love to see a photo of the basket of your pecan picker. Equilibrium, I LOVE Lee Valley Tools (although usually I only indulge in looking at the pictures--I mean--they have really good articles).
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You can't fool us. You have a gardening gadget fetish like the rest of us! "really good articles"
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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By the way, I love that fruit picker in the link. Very well designed, if the cloth bag is strong enough to hold up.

Dad made a homemade plum picker. It was a piece of PVC pipe a little wider than a plum, and deep enough to hold about 5 of them, duct-taped onto a pole. It looked silly, but worked really well. Ripe plums don't need much encouragement to fall, just a little bump from the "picker", and plop, they fall in the pipe.
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I love a cleverly designed tool, and when it is home made and home designed it is even better.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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My fruit picker is from a neighbor. Lee Valley is a cool site for info and what's new in gadgets. I'd like to see hazelnut's home made pecan picker too. I have a few Carya illinoinensis. They're beginning to mature. It would be great if they fruited but I don't know if I have all type I's or all type II's or a mix. Time will tell. I may have to buy more pecan trees if I ever want to see nuts.
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