Olive Harvesting Season

Spain is the land of the olive, or so her most famous writers say. And they’re not exaggerating! Only in Andalusia, there are approximately 16-thousand square kilometres of olive groves. To get the idea, it would be as if we packed Northern Ireland with them and produced more than half of the olive oil sold in the world.

Olives are the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and have been part of Spanish culture since before the Roman Empire. Although the fruit has remained unchanged, olive farming has seen some technological advancement.

How to pick olives

In Spain, olive harvesting begins mid-October and can last until January, depending on the area and the type of olive. Taking into account what the fruit will be used for, a harvesting method will be preferred over another.  

Traditional olive harvesting methods in Spain

In the past, people would wait until olives were ripping and fell on their own before picking them up.

Hand-picking and knocking the olives down were also common, and they’re methods still used to this day.

Hand-picked olives are mostly used for gourmet products and extra-virgin olive oil. Since the fruit does not touch the ground, it remains intact.

Harvest by knocking consists of hitting each branch with a stick trying not to harm neither the fruit nor the tree.

Petrol-fuelled and electric olive shakers

Hitting the tree with a stick is not, no matter how careful you are, the most delicate method to harvest olives. In the long run, the tree’s health will resent and future harvest seasons can be affected by it. For that reason, sticks have been replaced by electric olive harvesters that are easier to use, respectful to the tree and much faster.

An olive shaker is formed by a long, metallic rod with fingers in one end. It’s connected to a small petrol engine or an electric motor that shakes the fingers, transferring the vibration to the branches until the olives fall to an already protected ground.

Most automatic olive harvesters can be stretched to reach higher branches and used without the telescopic rod for the lowest ones.

In herramientaprofesional.com you will find different olive shakers – electric, battery-powered and petrol-fuelled – that will come in handy whenever you need to pick olives in small orchards or harvest hard-to-reach trees.

We would like to highlight Makita’s HL360DZBL4 cordless olive harvester – a lightweight tool that comes with eight 18-volt battery cartridges that will allow you to work for up to 9 hours.

Vibrating Tractors

The olive-harvesting tractors are heavy machinery that latches onto the trunk, shaking it until all the olives have fallen. It is usually used with automatic umbrella-like collectors that direct the fruit to another truck and to a processing plant.

Maktec: Is Makita’s Cheaper Brand good?

Maktec - Makita's second brand

Are you familiar with Maktec or Makita MT?

Same as Bosch with their green line, Makita also has a second, more affordable brand to expand sales to both professional and amateurs that would otherwise not buy one of their power tools.

Maktec tools, also branded as Makita MT, are not made to perform very specific tasks, but they do their job for a very good price!

Herramientas Maktec

So, What’s the Difference between Makita and Maktec? Why is One Cheaper than the Other?

makita-vs-maktec

The quality of both brands is quite similar, but Maktecs are intended for less requiring jobs. Mostly corded, with no added technological extras nor accessories… these are high quality (although basic) power tools with great potential – nothing to do with, for example, a power drill that you could buy in Aldi.

Maktec is also, despite its different name, backed by Makita’s tech support for repairs and replacements during the tool’s lifetime.

Makita vs Maktec

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Good quality – similar to Makita
  • Makita’s official technical assistance and warranty
  • For professionals and DIYers
  • Compatible with Makita accessories

Cons

  • Not many options
  • General use only
  • Few extras or accessories
  • Almost only corded

How to Identify a Maktec Power Tool

If you have ever had the chance to hold a Maktec power tool in your hands, you already know how sturdy they are.

Makita MT is hardly mistaken with any other brand – they are finished in bright red or grey with black rubber grip.

Should I buy a maktec power tool?

If you’re into DIY and you want to get yourself some basic tools to work from home, these are a great option.

If you’re a professional, these are only recommended for not-so-frequent jobs.

Have you already tried them? What do you think about them?