In 2015, a fellow grower challenged our approach to asparagus harvest when he referred to our 5 man carts as old fashioned. He was using 3 man carts and suggested that they were so much more efficient. We had been using 5 man carts on our farms for almost 60 years. We asked ourselves , if a 3 man cart is more efficient than a 5 man cart, why wouldn’t a 1 man cart be even more efficient? In 2015, we gave the 1 man cart a trial run using 4 carts imported from Europe. While we were frustrated with how these particular units operated we were amazed at the results. Consistently, the employees on these 1 man carts were harvesting between 1.8 – 2.25 more acres as an employee on a 3 or a 5 man cart. The concept works and we proved it in our own fields! In the spring of 2016, and after months of design and engineering work, we built 30 Mantis carts and put them to work in asparagus fields in Canada and the U.S. The Mantis carts work and they work well! In our own fields, employees improved their productivity by as much as 250% compared to employees on 5 man carts.
Built To Last
Honda GX 160
Hydraulics You Can Service
Scalable To Fit Your Operation
From hobby to commercial farmer, the Mantis will fit your needs. In an asparagus operation, 1 Mantis can cover 2.5 to 3 acres per day. Other applications include but are not limited to Strawberries, Peas and Herbs.
Less Labour. Less Headache.
In this day and age, finding labour to harvest your crop is a daunting task. By switching to the Mantis, Sandy Shore Farms went from 150 to 90 labourers in the field to cover their 280 acres of asparagus. It has made finding labour that much easier.
Utilizing the Mantis significantly reduces worker fatigue. The Mantis’ ergonomic design makes the job of harvest a much more attractive position, helping with hiring and retaining field labourers.
Harvesting your Crop Has Never Been Easier
The Mantis is equipped with a Honda GX160 engine with a simple hydraulic design. It is engineered with a self centering cylinder keeping your harvesters straight on the row. You or your hired labour will easily learn to operate the Mantis. It’s ergonomic design and ease of use allows the operator to focus on harvesting the crop as opposed to operating equipment. The Mantis is built using simple and readily available parts. Harvesting your crop has never been easier.
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