Potato digger: how easy and simple it is to collect potatoes from the garden

  • Dec 13, 2020

Harvesting potatoes is always a challenge for the gardener. It becomes especially difficult if all five acres are planted with potatoes. However, annual harvesting can be done comfortably if you make a homemade potato digger.

Potatoes. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license © ofazende.com
Potatoes. Illustration for this article is used under a standard license © ofazende.com

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This device will not only preserve the health of the summer resident, but also give a good mood from the harvest. The potato digger completely replaces manual labor when digging out tubers.

Description of the device

The potato digger is a hinged device. It is attached to a mini tractor or walk-behind tractor. The device for digging tubers has tines, with which it loosens the soil deeply while the tractor is moving.

Potato digger. Illustration for the article is used from the site superda4nik.ru

Potatoes fall into a specially prepared container or are thrown onto adjacent rows. This device independently digs and peels the tubers. Therefore, the summer resident only has to collect the tubers and put them in a bag for future storage.

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Advantages and disadvantages

However, like any other mechanical device, the potato digger has both positive and negative sides. They are constantly argued about by those who favor the traditional method of harvesting, and lovers of innovations.

Positive aspects of the device:

  • the possibility of developing diggers for a specific area and the soil on it, taking into account all the shortcomings of the soil;
  • the cost of a self-developed product is lower than that purchased in a store;
  • the possibility of upgrading the device to improve work efficiency.

There are also disadvantages to these devices.

  • design is time-consuming, revision of finished drawings;
  • an increase in the weight of a homemade digger;
  • high fuel consumption by a tractor with an installed digger.
Experienced gardeners say that a potato digger from the manufacturer is suitable for large areas. And homemade appliances are best used in summer cottages or small backyard plots.

Instructions for creating a tool

Materials that will be needed for manufacturing:

  • channel;
  • sheet metal 5 mm thick;
  • metal corners;
  • metal bar;
  • metal pipe.

After preparing the materials, the frame is welded from a profile pipe. The support beams are assembled from a square tube. Weld them exactly at an angle of 90 degrees to the frame.

Potato digger. Illustration for the article is used from the site frukti-yagodi.ru

A channel is welded to the prepared base at a distance of one third from the middle of the structure. On the reverse side, pipes for wheel axles are welded. The rods will be attached here. Holes are drilled for fastening.

At a distance of 5 cm from the corner of the structure, the first post is welded. After 20 cm, another one is boiled, only the height of the latter should be several centimeters less. The racks are connected with a metal strip at an angle of 45 degrees.

A ploughshare and a ralo are made according to the finished drawing. A pitched board is made from rods that are attached to the base of the share. Then the rods are collected for adjustment and the wheels are installed.


Potato diggers protect the health and time of the gardener. The structure can be built by yourself, with a little experience in welding and understanding the drawings.

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