FMC Tomato Harvester, 1969

Summary

This massive machine, with 10 to 12 workers on it, performed the task of picking tomatoes off the stems of each plant in the field. Picking tomatoes by hand is a back-breaking, tedious job. Tomato harvesters, first introduced in 1959, reduced the time it took harvesting crews to pick one ton of tomatoes -- from 113 hours to 61 hours.

This massive machine, with 10 to 12 workers on it, performed the task of picking tomatoes off the stems of each plant in the field. Picking tomatoes by hand is a back-breaking, tedious job. Tomato harvesters, first introduced in 1959, reduced the time it took harvesting crews to pick one ton of tomatoes -- from 113 hours to 61 hours.

Artifact

Tomato harvester

Date Made

1969

Creators

FMC Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, California, San Jose 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by FMC Corporation in San Jose, California

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

91.142.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Color

Red

Dimensions

Height: 11 ft

Width: 11 ft

Length: 32.5 ft

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