Demonstration attendance boosted by easy season
As sugar beet harvesting continues in full swing with record yields and excellent working conditions, users found time to try out the latest harvester offerings from Grimme. David Williams was there. Grimme has an enviable reputation for premium quality potato planting and harvesting machinery, but is less well known for its sugar beet harvesters which were added to its line-up more recently. However, the situation is changing and this was reflected by excellent attendance to working demonstration days in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire, where owners and users of competitor brands were keen to see how Grimme machines compared. “Grimme has a very loyal following by potato growers,” explained marketing manager Adam Johnson. “Quality of build, thoughtful design and superb performance and reliability mean our products are unrivalled and the back-up we offer from our UK base as well as the German headquarters is second to none. It was logical that Grimme brought its expertise to beet harvesting too, and while many early users already operated our potato machinery, now we are seeing a move to the brand by new customers through recommendation.” Grimme offers trailed and self-propelled harvesters, its
self-propelled range including Maxtron tracked, and Rexor wheeled machines, with up to 30t capacity and lifting units up to nine rows.
Ideal venue The Cambridgeshire event was on land farmed by PJ Lee & Sons trading as Highflyer Farms, at Yaxley near Peterborough. Approximately 4,400ha is farmed by the familyowned business which specialises in potatoes for the chipping industry. Root crops, cereals and vegetables are also grown on owned and tenanted land across Cambridgeshire and into Norfolk. The Lee family’s potato harvesting fleet consists of eight Grimme machines; mainly self-propelled, and the company bought its first Grimme sugar beet harvester for the current season, moving from a competitor brand. Approximately 730ha will be lifted. “It’s gone well,” commented partner Andrew Lee. “We had a few teething issues which were to be expected but we knew from our previous dealings with Grimme that there would never be a problem with back-up. “Features we like include the
The Grimme Rexor 620 belonging to PJ Lee & Sons is fitted with the latest Speedtronic technology to maximise work rates while protecting the crop.
The Rexor 620 is nearing the end of its first season for PJ Lee & Sons and has harvested approximately 440ha.
Rexor’s open design which makes it easy to work on. Operators have a clear view of the lifters and cleaning table making it easy to monitor lifting performance whereas work lights were needed on our previous machine, even during the day, and were tiring for operators. Its output seems higher and I believe the sample is cleaner in similar conditions. This is apparent as we
have less soil to move from under the cleaner loader after loading lorries,” he explained. Another issue Andrew highlighted with the previous machine was that in muddy conditions a ‘sausage’ could form in the base of the unloading elevator, so a period of running the elevator empty at full speed was needed continued over...
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