You get the papaya inside and just twist the picker around until the stem breaks. The fishnet provides some friction and as the bucket walks around the trunk it raises the fruit and snaps the stem.
The head is made out of a 5-gallon plastic bucket with the bottom cut off. It has a fishnet liner that catches the papaya when it falls, with very little damage to the fruit.
Papayas come male and female. The males have smaller flowers, in clusters. The females usually have larger, single flowers. When I find I have males, I just eliminate them since they usually don't fruit. The females will bear fruit without any males around, but some people still like to leave a male or two, if available space is not an issue.
Papayas make great smoothies. I sometimes add a ripe banana for sweetness, wheat germ, and cinnamon or curry, along with some vegetarian milk. I try to avoid refined sugar. Because of the estrogens in soy, being male and vegetarian, I tend to replace soy milk now with almond, oat, hemp, or other kinds of milk.
Some people, who don't like the flavor of straight papaya add a little lemon juice to it, instead of the other things I use.
Step 1: The Bucket Head
The full depth of the bucket was more than I needed to catch the fruit. Instead of cutting the bottom off in a straight line, I cut it with the wavy line shown. This let me mount the handle higher on the bucket, and also let me use the wavy line as a sort of hook to hang the picker from a horizontal overhead pipe in my shop for storage.
I used a saber saw to make the wavy cut.