Frequently Asked Questions

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Hopster Harvester Questions

What is used to power the Hopster 5P?
The harvester requires both PTO and hydraulic power to operate. The Picking Drums, Dribble Belts, Blower ,and Main Conveyor are powered by the PTO. The Chain Carousel and Outfeed Conveyor are hydraulically powered. The minimum requirement is 20HP engine, 540 PTO, and one set of remote hydraulics with 4 GPM hydraulic flow.
What replacement parts or consumable components should be kept on-hand?

For easy maintenance and repairs, we recommend keeping the following parts on hand:

  • Picking fingers (5-10) 
  • Bine Hooks (3) 
  • Outfeed Conveyor Tabletop Links (10) 
  • Outfeed Conveyor Pusher Link (2) 
  • Auger Belt (1)
What are the dimensions of the Hopster?
The Hopster 5P is 3,600lbs, 19’6” long, 6’ wide, and 8’4” high. The Hopster 5G is 4,100lbs, 19’6” long, 6’ wide, and 8’4” high.
What equipment is needed to accept the delivery of a Hopster?
Customers need to have access to a loading dock, ramp, or equipment to lift the Hopster. The equipment to lift must be able to handle more than 4,500 lbs from a flatbed trailer with a minimum reach of 14 feet.
What is the harvesting capacity of the Hopster?
On average ,the Hopster can process 80-100 bines effectively in an hour at its fastest rate. However, approximately 20% of customers have reported that they are able to process 120 bines or more in an hour. This does not take into consideration the proficiency of the crew managing the Hopster.
Can I tow the Hopster on the main road?
Please see your local municipality about the rules regarding towing agricultural equipment on the main road. After installing a pin hitch insert to a truck or ball-hitch adapter to the Hopster, the unit can be towed at speeds up to 25 MPH as they include farm tires, but there are no breaks, suspension, or lighting to make them legal on a public road. If you would like information about our OTR Hopster, please contact us at sales@hopsharvester.com.

Drying Floor Questions

How much product can a drying floor dry?
The drying floors can dry approximately 300lbs of wet crop per floor or up to 1,000lbs of wet crop per three-floor system.
What is the recommended temperature to use with the drying floors?

Drying temperatures will depend on the crop being dried and the preference of the grower. For Hemp, the temperature has typically been greater than 90F.

How much pressure does the pneumatic controls on the drying floor system require?
The pneumatic controls require 90PSI input of pressure.
How long will it take for my crop to dry using the HopsHavester drying floors?
Drying times are dependent on crop type, moisture, load depth, and ambient conditions, and thus, we are unable to state a set dry time. Current users of the drying floors have stated that they dried 500lbs of product in 12 hours at a temperature between 90-120F.

Sukup Equipment Questions

What should I consider when deciding on a Sukup fan?
The main difference between an axial fan and a centrifugal fan is that an axial fan is less expensive and much louder than a centrifugal fan. Whereas a centrifugal fan will be more powerful and quieter, it is also more expensive.
What is a basic setup for fan/heater combination?
When setting up a three-floor drying system, a basic fan/heater combination would consist of an 18-inch axial fan with 3HP and a 3-phase motor. The power can either be natural gas or vapor propane fired heater as long as it is 420,000 BTUs.
What fan configurations are available?
Fans are available as a 1-phase or 3-phase. 1-phase fans do not come with speed control whereas as 3-phase fans can be paired with a VFD power converter to run on 1-phase power and provide speed control.
Can I install Sukup equipment myself?
Drying equipment should be installed by a professional to ensure safety and correct operation.

Baler Questions

What is needed to power the baler?
Your B20 or B100 baler is designed to operate off a hydraulic power source such as a tractor or hydraulic power unit. A minimum flow of 2-3 gal/min should be used.
What are the dimensions of the balers?
When fully assembled and closed the B20 baler is 10’ high, 2’6” deep and 3’ wide. When fully assembled and closed the B100 baler is 11’7” high, 4’ deep and 3’ wide.