Friday, March 21, 2014
DIY Berry/Fruit Picker
I saw a DIY berry picker out of PVC pipe (see below); and it looked like a good idea, something I could use here to pick June Berries (Sugar Plums) that are high up off of the ground. Then, I realized that they have to heat the PVC to bend it down, and I thought why not just use the natural curve at the bottom of a plastic bottle and make one that way?
As far as instructions, there isn't much to say about it. The plastic bottles I used were sturdy and thick, so I had to use tin snips to cut them. Just cut some V-shaped "fingers" to pull the fruit off. Put a long pole or branch through the hole at the bottom where the cap is or attach it to the side.
This one turned out pretty good,
from a vinegar bottle. It's even big enough
to pick small fruit with, like small apples.
It's nice and sturdy.
View from the back.
This was my first attempt with a baby powder bottle.
It's okay, but I like the vinegar bottle one better.
Here's the PVC one I was referring to. (source)
This is a another version they
have on the same web site,
with a razor. (source)
You can also use a 2 liter bottle to
make a larger fruit picker. (source)
(You can put a cloth in the bottom to keep
the fruit from bruising when it falls in.)
This is what a store-bought fruit
picker looks like. You could use wire,
maybe hangers, and make your own.
Use your imagination. :)
Hopefully, this gave you a few ideas to make
your own fruit pickers. :)
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