CALEB REPAIRING POTATO GRADING EQUIPMENT ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. The reliability of Potato grading equipment is legendary so when there’s a breakdown, it’s worth noting the event.
Then again, maybe it was because we were discussing switching a sizing chain within earshot of our ‘Haines Drop Sizer’ and unaccustomed to the attention it took on a notion to act out, jam up and derail the process of pre-grading our entire crop of Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Whatever it was, Caleb went into troubleshooting mode and determined that a three-inch-diameter hardwood roller which serves as an idler on the top sizing chain had – after decades of use – increased a longitudinal crack to such a point that it had become out-of-round and the chain had squarely fetched up on it.
Fortunately, sitting on a shelf just thirty feet away was a salvaged-and-stored replacement hardwood sizer roller that would do the trick. Here, Caleb is using his mig-welder to repair a bracket which holds a metal pin inserted into the roller’s center that allows the roller to spin effortlessly. Ever since that successful repair was made, the Drop Sizer has worked flawlessly. The Potatoes backed up in the red ‘Haines Nylon Brusher’ is our fantastic new and rare variety from Hungary called “Sarpo Mira.”
And it’s a good thing the grading line is working well. We’re just about done pregrading our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potato crop and each shipping week is getting bigger than the previous week. This last week we were focused on shipping out orders to the approaching Spring in California, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina and beyond.
Caleb, Megan & Jim