Gintec Grape Machine
The patented Gintec Grape Machine is the ultimate machine for laying out
netting, pruning and taping the bottom of the netting for ice wines.
The Gintec Grape Machine is self-propelled, four wheel drive hydraulically
chain driven 12" Super Lug farm use tires powered by 4 hydraulic motors.
Powered by a Honda 5.5 Hp Four Stroke engine, the machine is 15 feet long and
weight is approx. 1800 lbs. The entire unit can be ordered to a width of 5 feet
to 8 feet, customized to your row spacing.
A gear reduction down to a master hydraulic pump is then separated into two
separate flow control valves, one in the front for the drive wheel motors and
one in the back for winding up netting.
The hydraulic system has a self-contained reservoir with filters completely
sealed to prevent contamination.
Speed is controlled by a three way control valve located in the forward middle
section of the unit and steering is accomplished manually at the same location
or by the use of the feeler system. The feeler system is a unit that hangs in
front of the machine and rolls on the ground. The "feelers" are adjustable and
run between the row feeling the sides and adjusting the steering to keep the
unit in the middle of the row without the need for a person steering the unit.
Two drop down spools in the front allows easy loading while four more rolls can
be placed on the middle deck. One of the rolls can be moved to the back of the
machine and hooked up to the hydraulics to allow you to reel up netting.
The two side platforms, located on each side, are height adjustable, can be
moved in or out, or can be removed completely. The length of the side platforms
will accommodate three people a side.
The tubular structure of the top frame is an air chamber. It is fed by a
gasoline compressor and has 4 outlets (2 per side) for quick connects to attach
Installing tape to the bottom of the netting for ice wine is made easier. Seats
are attached to each side with a tape reel mounting system that is adjustable
up and down as well as in and out. This allows one person on each side of the
machine to sit at the proper height to install the tape with the tape reel
close by. The feeler system allows two rows to be done at one time with only