DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF SOLAR POWER WEEDER MACHINE
Vijay. T, RamDev. A, Selvakumar. S, Yogeshwaran. K
Solar, Power weeder, Fossil fuel, Emissions
A solar operated power weeder wasdeveloped to reduce dependency on fossil fuel, harmfulemissions and cost of operation. The developed weederwas tested on maize crop having row to row spacing of 600cm.
Three different width of cutting blade (50, 60and 70 mm) were selected with two, three and fournumber of blades per flange to evaluate its performance.
The operational width of developed weeder was 240 mm and blade penetrated into soil up to the depth of 35 mm.Maximum field capacity and weeding efficiency wasfound to be 0.175 ha/day and 88.03 per cent,respectively. Minimum plant damage was 1.96 per centand the average performance index obtained was 841.