J Riley report massive interest in the all-new Vervaet Q-Series beet harvesters which received their UK debut at the company’s latest biennial demonstration. This was held on 5 January by kind permission of H Jones (Farms) Ltd at Great Witchingham in Norfolk.
“We had a great turnout of customers old and new from all over the UK including Ireland,” comments Vervaet sales specialist Henry Baker. “We are particularly pleased with the response we had to the new Q-Series harvesters which ran really well and were very well received. We were very fortunate with the weather, and the hog roast was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank everyone who attended for their support.”
Both of the new models share the same ‘one wheel per track’ layout with close-coupled rear wheels enabling the machine to spread its weight over the full working width for minimal soil impact. This also gives the machines extreme manoeuvrability and a very tight turning circle.
The new Q-Series harvesters feature a new lifter frame, improved cleaning and new turbine options, wider ring trace mounted crossways and a longer elevator now sited at the front of the tank. The engine is mounted crossways behind the rear axle for better weight distribution and easier access. The option of a 40kph top road speed will appeal to customers required to travel long distances.
The lighter Q-616 with a 16-tonne capacity tank and 465hp engine is the replacement for the legendary market-leading Beet Eater 617 which has become the industry standard for many farmers and contractors with over 140 examples currently at work in the UK. The Q-621 boasts a 21-tonne holding bunker and a more powerful 510hp DAF engine.
The latest generation Beet Eater 625 was also shown working alongside the new harvesters. It’s powered by a 15.6-litre 623hp Mercedes-Benz Tier 4F engine and remains the firm favourite amongst large contractors working on medium and heavy soils, with an unrivalled ability to harvest in any conditions whilst maintaining full capacity.