The latest version of New Holland’s self-propelled Braud 9090X harvested 197.6t of destemmed grapes in an eight-hour test in South Australia recently.
Corresponding to nearly 200,000 bottles of Shiraz wine the test, which was verified by SGS (inspection, verification, testing and certification company), took place at a 7ha vineyard with a 175hp Braud 9090X fitted with a side conveyor system for non-stop harvesting. Supported by five New Holland T4.105F tractors and an Iveco Stralis 560hp truck, the team averaged nearly 24.7t of grapes per hour. The 9090X travelled over 23km and the 175hp, six-pot FPT engine used an average fuel consumption of 0.99lit/t harvested.
Founded by Alexandre Braud in 1870, Braud released its first self-propelled grape harvester (1020 model) in 1975. The machines are manufactured in the French plant of Coex, which has made over 15,000+ machines.