The SHEAREZY is designed to enable the shearer,
either experienced or a novice, to effectively and easily to shear sheep whilst
in the upright, standing position and to contain the wool as a complete, intact
fleece presented ready for classing. Good tallies can be achieved after
mastering a technique. The machine can be set as a single stand or
multiple units can be coupled together, they can be fixed to a trailer for use
as a portable shearing shed. As a single unit it is portable and can
easily be moved by two people to be set up in any location, typically in a wool
shed, in machinery sheds or in the paddock.
An efficient lead-up and race system is recommended
for a smooth flow of sheep into the machine. A farm type air compressor which
will deliver approx. 8 cfm at 100 psi is required to provide power to the
machine. A conventional wide comb hand piece coupled to a flexible cable
shaft can be driven by a conventional overhead plant mounted on the adjustable
stand on the SHEAREZY.
Individual sheep enter the elevated compartment
through an inclined ramp. A decoy pen can be
attached to the other end of the machine where a sheep can be placed to draw the
following sheep into the machine (this is not always necessary and takes up
space). When multiple units are arranged in line, this decoy pen then
becomes a bridge into the next machine.
When the operator requires a sheep for shearing a
thumb controlled air valve is activated which clamps the body of a waiting sheep
in the elevated compartment. A second valve is then used to transfer the sheep
from the standing position to the back down totally
inverted on the manipulating rollers.
While the transfer mechanism still has the sheep
clamped and restrained in this inverted position, the rear feet are clamped to
air operated padded clamps. At this time the front legs are also placed in
special manipulating hooks. Another air valve is then actuated which applies
regulated horizontal pressure, stretching the sheep across the rollers which
support its weight, at the same time the transfer mechanism is released which
retracts back to the elevated compartment. The automatic inlet gate allows
another sheep into the empty compartment to await the above described process.
While the sheep is initially on its back the belly
wool is removed, the neck is opened up, the crutch and inside the legs are
cleaned up. Each main segment of the body is shorn by
"long bows", as each section is completed the sheep is rotated 60 degrees
by the operator depressing a button air valve with his knee. The sheep
rotates toward the operator as the wool falls away into the tray below which
contains the whole fleece.
Tension is applied to stretch the skin of the sheep
to allow for smoother blows and reduce second cuts. During the manipulation
process the front end of the sheep's body can be bent banana shaped toward the
operator stretching the skin the full length of its side. Clamping action of the
rollers tightens the skin around the belly area. Closing and spreading of the
front legs allows access to the neck area. These are all air powered operations
controlled by the shearer as required during each sequence of the process.
When a sheep is shorn is is released by the tilting
of the rollers. Another air valve is triggered which ejects the fleece out the
rear of the machine into a holding tray which is at knee
height, no wool actually reaches the floor. Shearing of the next sheep
can be performed before the previous fleece is removed from the tray.