Even with the help of the most efficient and experienced pickers, a mushroom growing farm can’t prosper if it uses outdated, low-quality equipment, especially when it comes to trolleys. Choosing a good, modern mushroom picking trolley is incredibly important when it comes to the mushroom growing farm’s long-term profitability.
Therefore, it’s not a decision that should be made lightly, without considering all of the most important characteristics that make the trolley a good investment. Read on to find out what to look for when choosing a mushroom picking trolley!
Solid, though-out construction will ensure durability
The type and quality of materials used, their thickness, construction methods – all of those things will affect how durable the trolley will be. When looking for a modern, high-quality trolley, it’s important to focus on those that have been built with long-term durability in mind. If all of the parts and system used require minimal or even no maintenance and rarely need to be serviced, the trolley will most likely serve the farm for many years without issue.
Since the conditions in mushroom growing farms are so harsh (mostly due to high humidity, which facilitates the mushrooms’ growth, but is dangerous for equipment and can lead to corrosion), lower-quality trolleys may need to be frequently replaced and serviced, thus lowering the farms’ efficiency and profitability.
Advanced safety features are essential
Simply relying on diligence of the workers for avoiding accidents in the workplace (such as collision with another object or person, injuring limbs and so on) is not enough. Advanced safety features are the way to go to avoid stressful and problematic accidents during picking, not only the most dangerous kinds, but preferably all of them.
Such features include systems that ensure that the mushroom picking trolley automatically comes to a stop if it encounters an obstacle ahead (for example, if an employee accidentally puts his arm between the side of the trolley and the shelving). The NEWTON trolley is equipped with such a system, as well as with one that prevents the platform from falling uncontrollably if an element responsible for moving it up and down is damaged.
However, it’s important to remember that sometimes best way to move forward is to use tried and tested solutions. Choosing simple construction methods can sometimes allow to avoid costly service of electrical parts, instead using mechanical ones that have almost no chance of breaking (while being equally safe).
An example of this is the door of the trolley, which in NEWTON trolley opens to the inside and isn’t controlled electrically, but instead has a simple (and solid) hinge and, more importantly, a lock in the form of a gravity latch. Since it opens to the inside, the employee has to close it to be able to pick mushrooms. Designing it this way eliminated the risk of the door remaining open without using electrical, failure-prone parts.
Choosing a good mushroom picking trolley is not an easy task, but it’s something that every mushroom growing farm’s owner should prioritize. To ensure the trolley’s long-term durability, safety and efficiency, it should come from a trusted, reliable supplier, such as GROWTIME.