How to Use the Bag-A-Nut Sorting Table – Best Practices

Nut Dynasty, Pecans, | Jul 03, 2024
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The new Sorting Table is the latest Bag-A-Nut accessory to help make the harvesting process faster and more efficient. We’re sharing some tips to help you get the most out of your sorting table.

 

How to Use the Sorting Table Pro

No matter which way you set it up, the operation is the same. Once your harvest is built up, dump the nuts onto the grating. You can work quicker if you don’t overload the grate with a huge pile. Make a thin layer with a little wiggle room so you can see what you’re doing and spread everything around easily.

Once you’ve got a nice layer on the grate, think of sorting as a process. First, remove the dirt and debris from the nuts. Second, separate the bad nuts from the good nuts. Finally, dump the good nuts into the chute on the rear of the table.

On the first step, turn on the motor which gets the grate vibrating and use your hands to spread everything around. Throw out any big limb pieces or clumps of thatch.

For the second step, turn the vibration off so you can focus on the nuts left on the grate. It’s hard to see details when everything is shaking. Look for anything that’s cracked, spoiled, was chewed on by an animal, or whatever makes it undesirable. At this point you can also knock off the husk on the stick tights or if they’re bad just toss them out.

Tip #1: Preparing for Sorting

When it comes to operating one of our sorting tables, it’s pretty simple. The biggest tip we can share is make sure you spend a little time planning how you’re going handle your harvest before and after sorting your nuts. Variables like how many trees you’re dealing with, how many pounds are on them that year, or whether or not you have a tractor to help you lift a bulk bag can really make a difference. There are a lot of ways to go about it, so look at your specific situation and make a plan.

Tip #2: Watch our Method Videos

Watching our YouTube videos on the methods we use to maintain the orchard before we run our harvesters can be super beneficial. If you take the time to study what we teach in those videos and follow our advice, your work at the sorting table will be significantly reduced.

Tip #3 Figure out How to Configure the Sorting Table

The sorting table can be configured in a few different ways so you can use it however works best for you. You can put the feet on so it operates as a stand-alone unit and set it up in the garage, barn, or driveway. You can also remove the feet and use the hitch bar to attach it to the rear end of a vehicle, even tractors or trailers, and move it around the orchard. The design is versatile so you can set it up just about anywhere. Whatever your situation is, this table can adapt to it.

Tip #4: Use a Bin Below the Sorting Table

If you’re out in the field, you can toss anything you don’t want on the ground and move on to the next location. If you’re set up at the house or in a stationary spot, make sure to have some trash bins or wheelbarrows nearby to put all the unwanted debris into.  Once those are full, move them to your compost pile or wherever you want to get rid of it.

Tip #5: Using the Chute

Once you’re satisfied all the nuts on the grate are worth keeping, dump them into the chute, let the grate back down, and the process starts over again. The chute on this sorting table is also simple to use. When you notice it getting full, open the gate so the nuts can flow out of the chute and go into your desired container. To open the gate just loosen the knob and lift the gate. You can hold it open, or you can hook it over on the side so it will stay open. When you’re done, slide it back into position and tighten the knob.

Tip #6: Methods for Collecting Sorted Nuts

The sorting table is designed so the chute will discharge into a standard five-gallon bucket or hold a bag on the bag hoop. It really doesn’t matter what you use.  If you decide to use a five-gallon bucket, you can dump your nuts into a bulk bag. You may find this method easier if you have a tractor that can lift those heavy bulk bags. If you don’t have a tractor, we recommend using our burlap bags on the hoop because they’re easy to just move with your hands.

Tip #7: Using the Vibrating Motor

The sorting table is most efficient when you run the vibrating motor, but you don’t have to use it. Some people would rather not hear the noise and settle for a slower pace. If you are using it, you’ll need to be near a power source. The motor will run on a standard 110v outlet or if you’re out in the orchard, a vehicle’s 12v battery can power it if you use an inverter. Inverters are usually affordable and can be purchased online or at your local box store.

Tip #8 Maintaining your Sorting Table

At the end of the year, make sure all the nuts and bolts are tight on your sorting table.  Try to keep it clean and dry and store it out of the weather.  There isn’t anything to grease so it’s simple to maintain.

Hopefully you found these tips helpful.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and have fun in your orchard!

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