Low operating and maintenance costs

With Slopehelper, you reduce your operating costs in the vineyards or orchards by at least three/four times in comparison to using a conventional tractor.

This comparison is made between a new narrow tractor and the Slopehelper autonomous configuration. The calculation in the first part is made for the initial investment of the first year.

In this part is calculated the power supplies, such as fuel and oil, and on the other site the electricity to charge the batteries of the Slopehelper. It takes about 36kWh for fully charged batteries and the average electricity prices in Europa per 1 kWh is ≈0.112 €, (official data for the price of the electricity taken from September 2019)

Then we have taken three elements from the range of the hinged equipment accessories; mulcher, root side trimmer, and Sprayer. The comparison is made for the average price of new equipment on the market of agricultural accessories (without any additional elements and services) and on the other side the final prices for the Slopehelper’s equipment.

Comparison for a period of 10 years’ investment in which are included annual salary for a driver, regular services, maintenance, and consumption of oil and fuel vs. electricity. It is not taken into consideration how many people are active in the normal functioning of the tractor, such as mechanics, technicians, etc. While the Slopehelper does not require anyone for a very long time (very long service period and impressive lifetime). 

 

Comparison

   

Tractor

SLOPEHELPER

PLATFORM Average cost 47,000 € 57,300 €
Services cost Cost per year 800 € x

Gross salary for a driver/year

Autonomous vehicle kit

18.000 € 6.000 

Fuel, oil cost / electricity

Cost per year

4.000 800
Hinged equipment Mulcher 4.000 € 7.400
  Root area trimmer 5.000 5.800
  Sprayer ≈6.000   6.500  
       

For 10 years period

  290.000 91.000

Service costs

After 10 years

8.000 € 2.900
       

Harvesting equipment

working hands

- -
 

Harvesting frontal loader

x 6.500 €
 

Harvesting adjastable shelves

x 11.500 € 
 

Apple harvesting platform

70.000 € x
 

Grapes harvester

120.000 €  x

The comparison is made between a new narrow tractor and the Slopehelper autonomous configuration 

 

In our range and production plan we have the following elements of Hinged equipment:

 

 
 
Estimated price / production plan
Hinged equipment
Mulcher
7,400 €
 
Root area trimmer
5,800 €
 
Lawn mower
7,200 €
 
In row power harrow
9,200 €
 
Sprayer
≈6,500 €
 
HV cutter
9,200 €
 
Harvesting adjustable shelves
Patent pending
 
Frontal loader module
Patent pending
 
Cargo lift
3,600 €
 
Harvesting trailer
in development
 
Fertilizer spreader
Patent pending
 
Disc harrow
≈3,800 €
 
Pre-cuter
in development
 
De-leafer
in development
 
Foliage stapler
in development
 
Grader blade
in development
 
Snow thrower
in development
 
Aerator
in development
 
Automatic harvesting module
Patent pending