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Old 26th March 2012, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chatting with Deweyoxberg last night, he was interested in how I do my automated harvesters. They're nothing special, but they are scalable in both length and width, so can be used to create huge amounts of food in one go.

I don't have one on frontier currently, but this is how I build'em:

Create two lines of block, 8 long with a space between them. This will be the receiving channel.



Cap the far end and give it wings. Then, make a box around the wings and remove the two upright guide blocks. You should get a 5x1 channel with a hole in the centre.








Using dirt, create the bed that will be used for your grow-op. It'll be 5 wide, and 7 deep for the first section, then 5 by 6 for any sections further up. You want to do this as you'll have a bumper strip that you can walk on and the water will flow over the edge. This can be made as long as you really want. I'm showing 3 sections, but can go quite far.


Give each field a set of bumpers on either side as water guides. Thes should be raised up 1 block from the field. At the end of each section, box it off so the beds are raised one, and you establish your bumper strip.





When you have it as long as you want it, you'll want to create the water spreader at the end to flush the fully grown wheat to the collection trough.

Make a box something like this:



Then add baffles.


Stand under those holes and place upside down pistons like this, then fill in the holes. Fill the blocks behind the pistons with water, and check the flow. I had to add another row of stone blocks to get the flow on mine to settle out here.





Place a block over the water, and behind the pistons for your redstone.
Add the redstone like so...

Run it all the way down to wherever you want your toggle to be. I usually have mine at the front by the collection chute. Place repeaters (arrow facing towards the water source) as needed. Place a lever at the end and toggle the water flow off.

Once everything looks good there, then start on the irrigation. Make a 1 block high pipe on both sides for water to travel through, as I have here:



Be sure to block it off on the bottom too. (and light the place up while you're underneath. Creepers can make a mess of the thing.)



Block up the sides, leaving the space inside the pipe for the water to flow. Place your water source 2 blocks in from the rear of the high point. If done right, you'll see water at the end of your pipe. If you see that on both sides, you're done. Till the soil, plant it from the bottom up to avoid compacting the dirt, and flip the lever when you want to harvest.



You might notice that I moved the redstone onto the top of the pipe so I could place torches. Just be careful that you do this either on an empty field or have some way to ensure the pistons are down or you'll lose your crops.


The harvester in action:


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Old 26th March 2012, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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this is fantastic, tell me do you have to til the soil afterwards???
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Old 26th March 2012, 07:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice!
Anyone up for a test run tonight?
I've got the mats?
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Old 26th March 2012, 08:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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this is fantastic, tell me do you have to til the soil afterwards???
I have a similar one in my base, and no you don't have to till it again.
One should note however that in the construction above, anything that is planted on the soil that is directly after each "fall" will get destroyed and not harvested. The problem is that the water falls down on that block and it doesn't work with harvesting, so avoid planting on the blocks under falling water.
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hmm the beginning confuses me but I have started making one
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Old 26th March 2012, 08:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've seen a youtube video with an absolutely epic one, enough to feed a city :P
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Old 27th March 2012, 11:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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hmm the beginning confuses me but I have started making one
Which part in particular? It's not precisely step-by-step, but you get the gist.
I should mention that I used 5 buckets of water - 2 for the collection chute, and 3 for the flush.

And this one could feed a small city should anyone feel the need to expand. The largest one I built was 4 sections wide, 4 deep. It provided roughly 450-500 wheat at a time if I remember right
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Old 27th March 2012, 12:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This was the one I was talking about


This one takes it to ridiculous levels
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Old 27th March 2012, 07:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The second one was pretty large, and pretty laggy

I wonder where all the seeds in the first one went though, perhaps they didn't drop in that version of minecraft? making automated farms pretty useless as they wouldn't be able to supply themselves with seeds
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Old 27th March 2012, 08:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yes, in the description he says the seeds didn't drop in that version (it was back in alpha). He built an updated one, twice the size....

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