John Deere Meets Miastrada Dragon
Seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97XQDD3w-cU.
The revised Dragon now has enhanced stability, clear view to the rear, and better control function for starting, stopping, and reversing.
The economic advantage can be seen based on the UCDavis studies at: http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu/current.php. Compare the list of tasks and costs for cabernet in the Napa operation and the Sonoma operation for wine grapes on the list.
The harvest alone should go two to three times as fast by enabling continuous picking from a comfortable position, without box carrying and dumping actions. We are figuring that a $9000 Dragon cost could be recovered for a 10 acre manual harvest operation in as short a time as one year.