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This was a modified SSP Harvester model 82. It was purchased by Larry and Darrel Schieler (owners of Schieler Harvester) in 1982. For the 1986 season a cab was added with more modifications and it harvested for the next 6 years. It was then striped to it's frame and built into a model 788 harvester. The same 4 cylinder turbo diesel John Deer engine runs in it today. Darrel is operating the harvester here during the 1985 season. Here, Darrel and his...
This is model 87. It began as a half finished frame started by SSP. It was then finished and redesigned with a air-conditioned cab. At one time it was the fastest one man operating tree harvester in the world! Model 87 is still in use today. It's only modification to date is Schieler Harvester's low profile wrap system. Model 87 is owned an operated by Kelly Ivancovich of Terra Bella, CA today.
This is a model 788 harvesting prunes in for the 1995 season. A model 588 Schieler Harvester Bin Carrier is seen in the foreground with Nick Schieler on the operator's platform, waiting to service bins to the harvester.
Powerful 4-wheel drive and all wheel steering provides the ability to gel through any orchard condition. Low profile operator platform allows low limbs to pass overhead. Once hand controls the forks and both chains simultaneously always leaving the other hand free to steer. Automatic Bin Locking System locks bins in high-speed transport. Rubber rollers, provide better grip for pickup and eliminate bin damage.