Telescopic Fruit Picker

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Telescopic Fruit Picker
Collect faster, with less damage & waste
11G12.18 Telescopic Fruit Picker

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With a reach that extends up to 10’, there will be very few places on a fruit tree that this tool can’t get to, even from the ground. A simple cutter above the collection bag, operated by a hand grip at the bottom of the pole, ensures that the fruit will drop safely into the bag (large enough to hold about 10 apples). Whether you have one or two trees or a small orchard, this is a fine and useful piece of gear that lets you harvest your fruit trees without lugging a ladder from place to place. Comes highly recommended.

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  • Extremely useful tool for harvesting fruit in Hawaii

    Janet, 5/11/2018 I searched all over the internet and in the few hardware stores near me for a product like this. I found only 3 candidates. The most common candidate was a readily-available device that pulls fruit off of the tree. Unfortunately, this device leaves a hole where the stem used to be, and insects get inside, so I ruled out that device. The other candidate doesn't have a snipping tool like this one -- it just has a razor. So I chose this one, and I have been happy with it. We use it to harvest fruit that we can't reach with our arms while standing on the ground, which includes oranges, tangerines, papayas, starfruit, and avocados. It takes some skill to position the clippers correctly, and it takes some strength to hold the pole out a long ways, but I can't imagine a better mechanism than this to accomplish to task. Our house guests have enjoyed the challenge of picking fruit from high on the tree, so this tool also serves as entertainment for guests.
  • Excellent Picker with minor shortcomings

    Gearmaster, 11/5/2017 I have a home orchard with over 60 fruit trees that I planted a decade ago, and this is the best picker I have found or used, and I highly recommend it… I just wish I had purchased it sooner. It is worth the price being asked. For the last couple years I have used the type of extension pole with basket that has metal tines or “fingers” that grab the fruit by raking the tines just above the fruit. However, on stubborn fruits that are hard to separate from the tree, such as Asian Pears, certain apples, and Asian persimmons, that style would sometimes damage the fruit or send the fruit flying to somewhere other than the basket, and it would damage the leaves and small limbs. This picker is the answer to those problems.

    Despite my praise, I do have four nitpicks for which I deducted one star. First, as others have mentioned, it does not come with assembly or user instructions. While I didn’t have a problem as a result, I still feel it should come with them. I simply pulled up a photo of the picker from the website to see which side is “up” when affixing the basket. I didn’t have any of the thread-stripping problems that other reviewers mentioned, as I heeded their warnings and affixed the thumbscrews very carefully. Secondly, the pole comes with an affixed adjustable plastic folding forearm grip. While very helpful and useful, it is very difficult to keep it in the open position… it has a plastic knurled thumb-screw that I can’t seem to be able to tighten enough, and I’m nervous about over-tightening it and cracking the plastic. So the forearm grip could definitely be improved. Third, it comes with a plastic trigger grip that swivels around. I am concerned about the long-term durability of the plastic, although I haven’t had any problems yet, and I dislike the way the grip swivels. Although sometimes the swiveling is useful, more often than not it isn’t. I could get a more steady reach if I could somehow lock it in place. Lastly, the basket is permanently affixed/angled in one position. What I mean is that the basket only stays open beneath the fruit when the cutter is in the horizontal position. If you need to use the cutter in a vertical position, which I needed to frequently do on my persimmon trees, the basket hangs to the side and not under the fruit. If the picker had been designed to allow the basket to swivel under the cutter in any position, or if there were a way to adjust the basket manually to another position, that would have been much better.

    Despite my nitpicks, I still think it is a great buy, and I wouldn’t let my reservations deter you. It’s just good to know what could be improved and what to expect beforehand before making the purchase. It’s definitely better than anything else out there, and it is the safest because it keeps you off a ladder and it keeps the fruits from falling on your noggin (most of the time). I have used this for only one harvest season so far, and it has held up well despite my aforementioned concerns, as has all tools I’ve purchased from Garret and Wade, and if a problem does arise, I know that they would take care of it.
  • Good product with minor fixable problem.

    Arthur Sigler, 10/15/2017 Haven't had a chance to actually use it yet because fruit season is over here. The construction appears solid and functional. I did examine the threads mentioned in other reviews and they were not cut very well. I have a tape and die set so I chased the threads with a die and they cleaned up nicely. That little problem is resolved. I believe it is worth the money paid.
  • Great tool

    David Lunsford, 9/24/2017 This is one of the easiest to use and best designed picking tools I have ever seen. We bought it to specifically to pick elderberries in the wild and it delivers.

  • Must Have For Fruit Tree Owners

    Adam, 11/2/2016 I guess it would be better if it came w/instructions but I never gave it any thought until reading the other reviews. I didn't have the same problem w/the threads other than one of the nuts was hard to get started. Before getting this had been using an old one w/metal basket & hooks that just pull the fruit off. This is far superior tool & a breeze to use. Wish I had found & bought this years ago.
  • A Great Product with a Few Minor Quality Control Flaws.

    C E VOIGTSBERGER, 10/8/2016 First the bad news: I agree with Mike Sanderson, the threads on the bag wire are poorly chased. The hex nuts and wing nuts must be very carefully threaded on to the holder. Curing it is simple, a quick trip to your local, not megachain, hardware store will enable you to obtain a die that will turn new threads and you can purchase new hex and wing nuts. BUT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO. This unit came without a word of instruction. Not to worry, if you can open your car door and start your car you should be able to put the bag on the pole. One word of caution. The bag goes on the side with the red spacer. If you try to put the bag on the side w/o the spacer (as I did) you won't be able to tighten the wing nuts and may bugger up the threads on the bag wire.The holes in the cutter head were not quite large enough for the threaded ends of the bag holder. Apparently the subcontractor for the bag holder didn't read the spec sheet or he was the extremely low bidder. It was a simple matter to run a drill bit through the holes to enlarge them just a mm or two. BUT ONE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO.

    Now the good news. This picker is great!!! I wish I had bought it years ago. I didn't really learn about it until I was watching Japanese TV program about older farmers in Japan and I saw an old woman picking persimmons with this picker. WOW!!! I told my wife I had to find one like it so I could pick our persimmon trees easier. The picker arrived this afternoon and I have already put it to work. It makes picking fruit a cinch. Much easier than that basket thingey that I had to pull the fruit off the tree and wreck a couple of branches in the process. If you have fruit trees and you don't have this picker, unless you have a professional crew come in you must have this picker. G.W. You need to jack up your supplier and improve product quality just a little bit
  • poor threads

    Mike Sanderson, 8/12/2016 The threads on the basket mounting wire are poorly done . While tightening I could feel that the threads were about to I stopped. Otherwise I'm pleased I'm not sure what I am going to do when these threads pull out.
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