The Beet Eater 617 is the latest development of the market leading
Vervaet 17-tonne six-row tanker harvester concept. Very maneuverable and
economical to run, it combines simplicity and reliability with modern
technology and comfort. Although now out of production, a huge variety
of second hand and refurbished harvesters are usually available.
The Combi 2 topper is capable of mulching beet tops between the rows
for an extremely even spread and easy incorporation, but is still able
to spread shredded material to the right hand side if required. Flail
speeds of up to 1200rpm ensure tops are thoroughly pulverised. Scalper
height and angle is adjustable from the cab.
The famous Vervaet lifting unit employs rotating walking shares which
move independently, with each share making a circular motion in the
ground so that one of each pair of shares is in the ground at any one
time. Speed is adjustable from the cab, and at 700rpm each share makes
23 lifting movements per second. Each lifting element is self-seeking to
ensure very gentle and precise lifting.
Lifting depth is extremely accurately controlled by hydraulically
driven steel depth wheels fitted as standard. Rubber paddles running between the shares
ensure that no beet roll forward when harvesting in dry conditions.
Hydraulic row-width adjustment is also standard equipment.
Cleaning begins as soon as the beet leave the ground, with the first
two cleaning turbines removing 50% of the soil lifted so it doesn't get
a chance to stick to the beet. With a total of six turbines the cleaning
capacity of the 617 is huge but can be adjusted according to conditions
to ensure that the beet are treated extremely gently. Turbine speed is
steplessly adjusted from the cab and can be set to automatically vary
according to the machine's forward speed. Various gates and turbine
types are available.
The ring trace brings the beet to the 17-tonne capacity holding tank
which is extremely well-suited to working with 18-tonne trailers.
Engine and transmission
The Beet Eater 617 is powered by a 12.9-litre DAF
Paccar MX340 engine which produces 465hp. Running at just 12-1400rpm and
combined with a load sensing hydraulic system it gives extremely frugal
fuel consumption for cost-effective lifting.
Two- or four-wheel steering can be selected. When using automatic
steering the front wheels are controlled by share sensors and the
rear wheels controlled by sensors on the topper so that the
harvester is always perfectly inline with the rows.
The 617 is fitted with an extremely modern and
ergonomic cab which provides exceptional visibility. A multifunctional
26.5cm touch screen computer displays important information and
statistics including everything from engine speed through to harvested
area and fuel consumption per hectare.
Options available for the 617 include hydraulic row
width adjustment, hydraulically adjustable scalpers, additional cameras,
xenon lights and hydraulically adjustable rear press wheels for even
weight distribution and a level field finish.
Brochure and further details
For more information please contact Ben Chandler