I have a plot that I would like to use to make an orchard. The problem is that there are too many stones. I was looking for solutions and the only thing I found is a stone removing machine, which looks like this, but I think it's too expensive for a small orchard.

What's the best solution?

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  • cleanser to remove stones? Can you explain that a bit more? – DA. Nov 4 '12 at 17:59
  • Sorry, it's a wrong translation (thanks google translate) I mean this machine: interempresas.net/FotosArtProductos/P1554.jpg – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad Nov 4 '12 at 18:52
  • The traditional solution is hired hands. That said, for an orchard, I assume you don't need the entire field cleared...just the spots for the trees, right? – DA. Nov 5 '12 at 21:53
  • Thats true, I just need small areas, but if there is a better solution than doing it manually it would be very helpfull – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad Nov 6 '12 at 8:09

You have a number of options depending on the size and depth of your stones and the area to be cleaned:

If the area to be cleaned is small, you could manually do it with a pick and shovel. If the stones are really big you may need a jackhammer.

But it sounds like you have a commercial size orchard, so I'll give you the options for large machine clearing.

If they are reasonably small and shallow, you could use something like a beach cleaner: Small Beach Comber There are small ones like above.

Large Beach Comber And there are large, tractor pulled varities

If the stones are large, you may need a backhoe

Back hoe

You're best option is to grab the whitepages and find either a rental company in your area or a contractor to do it for you. They will have the right equipment and advice for an undertaking of this size.

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There is a solution, but if it's only a small area, it'll probably not be much good to you because it's a large piece of plant. There is a machine which does this used by landscapers on large areas - it's called the 612W Trommel, which is a self contained, portable, deisel powered piece of screening plant. It'll sort topsoil from stones and debris - you put the soil in one end and it spits out two separate piles, one of soil and the other of debris, from its conveyor belt.

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  • It's something like that what I'm looking for, but not big. – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad Nov 11 '12 at 14:28
  • Unfortunately, so far as I'm aware, there is no small version of this piece of machinery. The nature of the job it does dictates its size. – Bamboo Nov 21 '12 at 12:16

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