Cherries are transported from the receival tank by the variable speed elevator. The elevator runs along the floor of the tank and inclines at a 45° angle. The plastic conveyor belt has flights to maintain an even distribution of cherries up the elevator and maximize its load capacity.
Water sprays fitted over the water receival tank create a current which forces any floating leaves and debris over a weir at the delivery end of the tank, and then the extraction belt conveyor removes orchard waste to be disposed of.
Carefully considered elevation angles, complimented with a soft brush as cherries breach the water level, means no “roll-backs” of fruit through its elevation, and the elevator is able to maintain a full and evenly distributed load.