Nelson Manufacturing Company builds the Nelson Hardie air-blast orchard sprayers, Orchard Cab for Low Profile tractors and Nelson Tree Squirrel orchard pruning tower. Located in Yuba City, CA, we pride ourselves with providing quality equipment that is not only durable and delivers exceptional performance, but requires very little maintenance and is easy to operate. New products include the new Nelson Hardie Super 92, also known as `THE BEAST`. With Twin 46` diameter fans and 325HP diesel engine, this machine will provide excellent coverage in the tallest trees such as pecans and walnuts.

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2860 Colusa Hwy. , Yuba , California 95993 USA

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Founded in 1968, Nelson Manufacturing was originally a welding and repair shop but Nelson soon started building Land Planes, Orchard Fenders for tractors, heavy duty Rear Bumpers for pickups and then Vine Seed harvesting equipment including Seed Harvesters, Washers and Driers.

In 1982 Nelson bought the Air-blast sprayer portion of Hardie sprayers from Lockwood Corporation in Nebraska.  Not long after we re-named the product line 'Nelson Hardie.'  Improvements over the years include all stainless steel hoods, doors, panels and plumbing.  In the nineties, Nelson introduced the Nelson 'SuperTuff' reinforced composite air blast fans and made the change to John Deere engines.

Also in the early eighties Nelson built the first Nelson Spray Cab for orchard and vineyard tractors.  Soon after the cab was tested and was certified as a Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS).  In 2005, with a new focus toward Operator comfort, we decided to redesign the cab and re-named it 'Orchard Cab'.  Please read the history and details of the evolution of our cab on the Orchard Cab page.

The Tree Squirrel orchard pruning tower line was purchased from Woods Manufacturing in Yuba City in 2006.  Noteworthy improvements to the Nelson Tree Squirrel include the implementation of the dependable Kubota 25HP Diesel engine and Sauer-Danfoss closed-center hydraulics that keep the tools cool to the touch and provide very smooth action with all hydraulic functions: forward, reverse and turning as well as the lift.

Most recently we introduced the Nelson ONE SHOT tree recognition system for sprayers.  This inexpensive, yet dependable system not only minimizes spray drift but it offers substantial savings on chemicals and costs!  Also, because you will go farther between fillups, you will see considerable time savings!  Read all about it on the 'More Products' page.

All of our product lines have received improvements over the years; always with an emphasis on long lasting durability, superior performance and with attention to operator convenience.

Please see the individual product pages for details on why Nelson machines can help you improve production and ultimately will save you money.