Van den Ende Rozen opts for innovative rose harvesting trolleys

Photo: Sam van den Ende from Van den Ende Rozen (left) and Sander Zuidgeest from Steenks Service (right).

On a cultivation area of 8 hectares, Van den Ende Rozen from Monster (The Netherlands) grows exclusive varieties of red roses, namely the Red Naomi!. These roses are then sent to buyers in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Over the years, Van den Ende has also grown considerably as a company and has started using a new greenhouse. As a result, new machines for rose cultivation were also sought to keep the harvesting activities as efficient as possible.

The search for the ideal rose trolleys
In the search for new rose harvesting trolleys, Van den Ende Rozen ended up at Steenks Service. The wishes that the new harvest trolleys had to have were stated in conversations with Steenks Service. For example, the rose trolleys had to be very reliable and low-maintenance, so that disruptions are minimal and that there will be little maintenance or downtime. With regard to the ease of work, the search was on for a trolley whose platform, hip control and rose box are easily adjustable in height. The trolley also had to have two removable buckets to put the cut tendrils in.

Development, testing and successful implementation of harvest trolleys
These rose harvesting trolleys that meet the aforementioned requirements were not part of the range and have been fully developed in consultation with Van den Ende roses.

“Eventually we brought the list of requirements to Berkvens Greenhouse mobility, our supplier of rose harvesting trolleys. They first made drawings, followed by a prototype. After a long test period, we have now delivered 46 vehicles that are currently in use 7 days a week.” according to Sander Zuidgeest, co-owner of Steenks Service.

These new rose wagons are distinguished by the following features:

•  Closed travel drive (= no chain)
​•  Platform mechanically and easily adjustable in height
​•  Height-adjustable rose boxes, buckets and hip switch.
​•  Large traction batteries with which you can work for a long time without charging
​•  Drive control in push handle

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