Red Mountain, WA
John and Peggy Thurtle
We think in terms of quality.
We are developing a vineyard on Red Mountain. We have experienced late season freezes, causing a fair amount of damage. We ended up purchasing an Orchard-Rite® wind machine because growers we have confidence in recommended them.
We like the Auto-Start™ preset and the wireless connection to a weather station or computer. The wind machine also helps harden off the wood before winter and gives us the protection we need in the spring.
Orchard-Rite give us great service even though we only have one wind machine. They are like working with a good neighbor that you trust.
Wichita Falls, TX
Rim and Jake Montz
We love our Orchard-Rite tree shakers. The shaker pads are easy to see, and the WetHead® lubrication system makes it so we do not need to grease the pads anymore - saving us time.
We have also experienced less damage to our trees and the operator experiences a lot less fatigue in Orchard-Rite machines. These tree shakers are well built, easy to service, and simple to operate.
“They paid for themselves in one year.”
We farm 150 acres of pistachios at an elevation of 4,500 feet. We put in nine Orchard-Rite wind machines in February and experienced severe temperature drops in April. Without these machines, I’m sure we would have lost 80% of our crop.
It’s a no brainer to use wind machines in this part of the country. Almost all of the pistachio farmers in our area use Orchard-Rite wind machines. When it comes to frost protection, I don’t know of anything that preforms as well as their wind machines.
Chiesa Farms, Hughson, CA
“During harvest there is no time for downtime.”
I expect my machinery to operate at peak performance for hours on end. I have found Orchard-Rite shakers to be of superior workmanship and extremely reliable throughout a rigorous and lengthy season.
Orchard-Rite is the only machine for me!
The Dalles, OR
“We have a great working relationship.”
We have 1,300 acres of cherries with 31 wind machines spread over 20 miles. All of our wind machines are Orchard-Rite with the Auto-Start™ feature. The low spots in our orchards often vary and the Auto-Start™ has taken all of the guess work out of protecting those areas.
We get our machines serviced by Cascade Wind Machine Service, a service provider owned by Orchard-Rite, and it is great. They are a solid company with the same people year in and year out, making it easy to do business together.
Braden Farms, Hughson, CA
Orchard-Rite stands behind their equipment and is constantly making improvements toward driver comfort and ease of maintenance. Today, this is the only machine to buy for tree shaking.
The Orchard-Rite crew is great to work with.
I currently grow 70 acres of cherries and we operate two Orchard-Rite wind machines for frost protection. We can have very cold, wet springs and they are very beneficial.
Because of our Orchard-Rite wind machines, we actually had our best crop in what would have normally been the poorest producing portion of the orchard. We plan to install more wind machines through Orchard-Rite.
Campos Land Co., Caruthers, CA
We presently operate 20 Orchard-Rite tree shakers. The reliability and service we have experienced from Orchard-Rite equipment have been exceptional year after year.
Larry and Pat Wildman
The wind machine made all of the difference.
We have been growing about 20 acres of cherries for 25 years and during a cold year, we would expect to not have crop in about half of the orchard. Recently, we invested in an Orchard-Rite wind machine and we had even crop throughout the orchard. We might put in another machine, but the one gives us enough air movement to cover the whole acreage.
The Auto-Start™ option has also been a great advantage since we live 20 miles from the farm.
“Orchard-Rite wind machines help protect my cherry crop from both frost and rain.”
I farm about 350 acres of cherries, apples, pears, and peaches with about 71 acres of Bing and Rainier cherries that are very important to my operations. I used to use just seven wind machines on my cherries, but recently added an additional seven for drying purposes should rain threaten to crack the fruit.
I have retrofitted all of the machines with Orchard-Rite’s 19-foot blade to help blow water off the fruit, and it provides very impressive coverage. I get my wind machines serviced and relocated through Cascade Wind Machine, a service provider owned by Orchard-Rite, and they can move all of them in one day. They are as efficient as the machines they service.
Brookside Farms, Gobles, MI
George and Bill Fritz
“These machines really work, they’ve saved a lot of our fruit.”
We farm 300 acres of blueberries in Michigan and we use Orchard-Rite wind machines to protect where we cannot use water for frost protection. We often have temperatures in the twenties and with our wind machines we can gain 3-5 degrees.
The Auto-Start™ feature has been our savior on cold nights. It just gives me less things I need to do and worry about. I wouldn’t buy another wind machine without Auto-Start™.
Shelley Farms, Riverdale, CA
While using the HydraShake and AccuShake systems, we are able to make the proper adjustments for a clean and consistent shake on the tree. Big or small, you are able to adjust your shake times and how hard you want it to shake. The machine is very user-friendly too, my guy had no problem learning how to use it.
Our family has a history in Central California dating to the gold rush days. We run a diversified family farming operation currently growing almonds, pistachios, raisin grapes and different varieties of wine grapes. Presently we own five Orchard-Rite® shakers and are extremely pleased with their durability, dependability, speed, and ease of operation. We appreciate how well Orchard-Rite® stands behind its product, and look forward to a long relationship.
Cummings & Violich, Chico, CA
Since switching to Orchard-Rite® I have seen a significant reduction in shaking labor cost, repairs, and tree damage. Orchard-Rite® shakers are fast and dependable, and I would not shake my trees with any other machine.
VanAgtmael Orchards; Hart, Michigan
We’ve been farming for 3 generations, and for 30 years we’ve been exclusively tree fruit. About 4 years ago we put in our first Orchard Rite® frost fan and have since added 2 more.
Before we put in these machines, we never had a full crop in the valley acreage, where we typically will be around 25-28 degrees on some nights. With these machines, we’ve been able to pick up 7 to 8 degrees with a good strong inversion layer. Since we put in these machines, we’ve had a full crop most years. We’ve had apples when some of the neighbors didn’t have any.
When we’re ready, we’ll certainly be going back to Orchard Rite® to add new machines. We’re a firm believer in them!
South River Vineyard, Grand River Valley, Ohio
For nearly two decades, I have been farming vinifera grapes in the Grand River Valley of Ohio. Starting with a 2-acre leased field, my family now owns 85 acres and manages another 80 acres for three wineries. Today hundreds of wind machines dot the east coast fruit region, but back in 1995 when we installed our first machine, nobody was running them. Today we use five machines to move cold air winter and spring in frost/winterkill areas. The original propane machine now has 500 hours and still starts on the first or second crank at subzero temperatures.
The most commonly asked question about our Orchard Rites® are 1) Do they work & 2) How much do they raise the winter low temperature? In our best site, currently protected by one 16hp. unit, the machine protects up to 15 at-risk acres and raises temperature 8-12°F on the coldest January nights when it is started early. On poorer sites, fewer temperature increases are to be expected (3-4°F), though the machines clearly reduce the time that the vineyard spends at the night's lowest temperature. On a 10-acre site, with wine grapes at $1,500/ton, avoiding a one-time 1.6tpa loss will cover the initial investment. On any one of the coldest nights between 2003-2005, each Orchard-Rite® paid for itself.