Years ago I saw one of these advertised and it looked simple so I made
my own - was not that useful.
I would suggest two things: first a step ladder - I have an eight
footer which is great for outside work; and, one of those grippers to
extend your reach in picking up things. I used my wife's kitchen
gripper for the first time this year in picking up chestnuts and it
saved my back.
Ladders can be difficult to maneuver close enough to the tree, get the front
feet through the branches, etc. In commercial orchards all the trees are
pruned with accessibility for harvest in mind; not always true at home.
Orchard ladders are far easier and safer than stepladders, but they are
That twister picker looks great, but I have never tried it.
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Well, we used to pick cherries at a local orchard using ladders. :-)
They just put up about 6 per tree, and moved them as needed.
They never had more than a dozen or so people in the orchard at any one
Gods that holds some good memories! <sigh>
Bing and Royal Anne's.
Although I haven't tried either tool you identified, you may consider
using a pruning tool along with your basket tool. This assumes you may
be able to extend the basket below the fruit that you clip off with the
pruner. Pruners come with poles of a variety of lengths.
Another thought is to build up some semi-permanent benches or ladders
that can be kept in the same place throughout the season.
Enjoy your oranges. Oranges will be in short supply this year on the
market because of the frost in California. You may be able to sell
some of them for a little extra spending cash.
Careful with the ladders!
This isn't going to answer your question...
I came across this old patent for a Fruit Picker not too
long ago while searching for something else:
I have no idea if it was ever built/produced, but it does
look like a unique design. If you can make stuff or know
somebody who can, this would be a nice design to build from.
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