Hops harvesting equipment for small to mid-sized hops farms
The Hops Harvester line of products originated from our own difficulties as hops growers: the need for an easier and faster way of harvesting our crop. We were spending too much time and money finding the manpower to harvest our hops and decided it was time for us to invent a better way of doing things.
We created the Hopster Harvester, which reduced our need for additional labor during the harvest and significantly sped up the harvesting process.
Meet the Hopster Harvester
Hopster portable harvesters provide the freedom for small farms to harvest when hops are at their peak. Available as a PTO-powered implement (Hopster 5P) or as a self-powered unit with gasoline motor (Hopster 5G), hops can now be picked and cleaned in the field with less hassle than transporting bines to a facility, and at speeds up to 100x faster than picking by hand.
Hopster hop harvesters are designed to be the entry-level solution for small hop farms to produce at a commercial scale and profit.
Hopster Harvester Features
Pick the Entire Plant
Unlike traditional hops-harvesting machines, the Hopster doesn’t require you to cut off and pick individual parts of the plant; harvesters can pick an entire hops plant in one fell swoop
Process 2-3 Vines per Minute
The Hopster can separate the vegetation from the buds in 20-30 seconds per vine, allowing users to process 2-3 vines per minute. By hand, this process takes upwards of an hour per vine.
One person can operate the Hopster and it can be taken anywhere in the field. You can choose whether you’d like your Harvester to be powered by your tractor’s PTO or a separate power unit.
The Hopster is built with American-made, standard components that are easy to maintain, minimizing downtime and keeping your equipment operating during peak season.
The Hopster can be easily moved from one location to another, making it a great choice for a farm with multiple locations or multiple growers looking to share.
Sorts Vegetation from Buds
Batch two different products from a single machine and process. The Hopster easily separated the vegetation from the buds, doubling its output in a fraction of the time.
Also Available Through HopsHarvester
Modular Oast Floors
Build your own vertical oast using Modular Oast-Floor Panels. Drying hops effectively is a challenge for most farming operations. This modular system is a scalable solution for increasing drying capacity to meet annual production demand, may be configured to dry small or large batches, and conserves floor space. Each floor panel consists of “trap-door” style gates that help mix and result in uniform moisture-content when indexing product from one level to the next. The gates eliminate the need for repeated positioning of shelves and bins or raking required by other drying methods.
20-lb and 100-lb Balers
Make 20- or 100-lb bales easily and affordably with a B20 or B100 hop baler. Small farms now have an effective way to package hops after drying and to conserve cold-storage space when preparing delivery to brewers or processors. These hydraulic balers may be powered by tractor, shop supply, or optional power unit, and are built to be easily shared and transported between farms. The B100 baler may be set up with a feed-conveyor for high-volume production.
What Our Customers Say About Us
We shared the Hopster Harvester with 6 or 7 of our members last year and it did wonderfully. It worked out better than any of us imagined. We were concerned with the logistics of moving it from farm to farm, but it worked out great. The guys at HopsHarvester also bent over backwards to make our experience as good as it could be. Good guys, good stuff.
HopsHarvester was founded in Rochester, New York as one hops farmer’s solution to a labor shortage. “I sort of got the cart before the horse,” says John Bonzo, president of HopsHarvester. “We started growing hops and quickly discovered we weren’t prepared to handle the harvest. We needed a harvester.”
Bonzo, an industrial engineer by trade, built a rugged, low-maintenance machine that required minimal manpower to harvest his crop. He named it the Hopster Harvester.
“The idea was to minimize the amount of labor and minimize the amount of waste,” said Bonzo. “It was designed to provide a means for small farmers to be profitable.”
The Hopster Harvester can handle about 120 to 180 bines/hour, which equals approximately one acre of hops. Along with the Hopster Harvester, HopsHarvester also offers modular oast floors, 20lb and 100lb balers.