31 March 2022

Pruning olive groves with electric tools

Pruning task is essential for the development of the olive grove and therefore for a profitable production. The olive grove must be pruned once the cold weather conditions are saved, and no frost days are expected, then, this task is normally carried out in March, although this task can also vary according to the weather and therefore the area. In our case, we are finishing the task, which is undoubtedly one of the hardest we have throughout the year in our olive grove.

We are carrying out different types of pruning as the olive trees require it. The 4 years old olive trees still need to be pruned to create the definitive tree. In this case, the pruning is not very aggressive and consists of shaping the olive tree. For older olive trees, the aim of pruning is to remove wood so that the olive tree can have more air and sunlight, which in the end is something fundamental in the development of the olive tree throughout its life.

The use of tools in this pruning task is based on shears and saws, although the power system is very wide-ranging, from hand tools without any power system, petrol chainsaws (increasingly smaller and therefore more manageable), pneumatic tools and finally and most modern we take into account electric tools. Over the last few years in our pruning work we have gone all the way and worked with all types of tools, this year being the first year that we have used  electric tools... we can conclude that this is the best option in our experience because they are the most comfortable to use.

In December we used the Agritec Flora PC32 electric shears for vineyard pruning and this time we have increased the blade size using the Agritec Flora PC38. The great feature of this model is the size of the bite, which goes up to 40mm, this feature is very important for pruning olive groves because they have generally large diameter branches. In addition to the scissors, we have also worked with the Agritec Flora PCP100 electric saw, which has surprised us a lot because with the 10cm rapier it allows the user to cut really thick branches with amazing ease... you can see it at the end of our video.

What tools do you use and do you do something different?

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