New Product Announcement - ScanStone Panther Onion & Bulb Harvester
The latest product to come to market in the ScanStone range is the light weight and nimble ScanStone Panther
Onion & Bulb Harvester. This machine is equipped with a specially designed front lifting unit.
The configuration comprises of an onion lifting unit at the front end, complete with a square bar and paddles for
gently conveying the crop into the machine. The unique selling point (USP) of the ScanStone Panther is the individual hydraulic control of each of the lifting unit’s functions; independently controlled square bar; independently controlled intake web and independently controlled flappy paddle. The square bar is also market leading because it is driven with a sturdy belt, this means that in dusty conditions there is no abrasive effects with an oil and greasy chain mixing with dust, sand or earth. The belt allows the square bar to drive at the optimum height without having a hydraulic motor too close to the ground. Manual depth wheels carry the lifting unit to a set height.
Following on from the lifting unit, the crop is then conveyed to a longer main web. This web has a rocker agitator to
help separate any last bits of soil or root balls. This long web then passes onto another mechanically driven web
before going onto the hydraulically controlled transfer web and then into the cart elevator. The new cart elevator
from ScanStone comes with higher and stronger active fingers on the sides to keep all the crop safely inside the
elevator before it reaches the trailer.
A self-centring lane adjuster ram is at the operator’s finger tips on a joystick control. This ensures the crop is always loading exactly into the middle of the lifting unit without missing anything at either side. Once the joystick is released the machine will automatically recentre itself for smooth continuous harvesting. This feature can be switched on or off from the comfort of the cab.
The robust turret style steering system is fully controlled from a proportional joystick on the control box, this allows
precise steering control if the machine is being controlled manually. The steering gear on the Panther machine, like
all ScanStone trailed machines comes GPS ready.
The turret system has 8 stud axles which are simply adjusted to various track widths.
The Panther is fitted with the usual ScanStone premium features such as LED road lights, working lights and
centralised grease banks for bearings as part of the standard equipment. The colour screen control box features an
auto levelling system, full headland management system and simple joystick controls.
The ScanStone Panther’s retail price is £99,500 (August 2021). To find out more about this product you can visits thecompany’s website or speak to one of their 5 depots; Forfar, Brigg, Lakenheath, Kilkeel (Northern Ireland) or Chepy,Northern France.
ScanStone are always busy building a stock portfolio in all the depots to make sure the correct parts are on the
correct shelves for the long established and new customers in the respective areas.
Written by Mick Murphy and William Skea