Our Wet Hopper Destoner allows produce to be quickly tipped into a water filled tank without fear of damage. It removes stones and clods from produce flow. Incoming produce can be dirty, clean or semi-clean.
Produce travels along on a web conveyor toward an outfeed elevator. As it travels, fine sand and dirt fall through the web belt into collection hoppers in the base. Dump valves open regularly to clear debris build-up.
An air agitation system can be fitted so produce rubs gently against other produce, helping remove dirt.
An outfeed elevator lifts produce out of the water and delivers it to the next stage in your line. Spray bars can be fitted for a final rinse.
The stone removal system pumps water through the gap between the conveyor and elevator. Produce floats over the upward water flow but stones fall through the gap.
Stones are removed one of two ways:
Stone Elevator: Stones fall onto the stone elevator and are carried to waste bins to the side of the Wet Hopper Destoner. Stones are continuously being removed which is perfect if you have a large amount of stones coming in from the field.
Stone Lock: Stones fall through the gap into a holding chamber at the base of the hopper. The stone lock opens periodically to release stones and clods. This ‘open cycle’ is set to suit your exact needs.