More than 2,700 European farmers and growers attended Grimme’s first ever Farm Days event in Cappeln, Germany, where six new Grimme machines were unveiled at the Grimme farm.
The event ran for four days, from June 21 to 24, and included the announcement that the Grimme Group’s 2021 turnover had increased by 9.43% to €557.1 million, alongside the reveal of the six new machines: a mew Varitron 470 self-propelled harvester, the Evo 280 All Crop two-row bunker harvester, the Select 200 two-row elevator harvester, the Prios 440 4-row cup plant, and two Rexor self-propelled beet harvesters.
Patrick Graf Grote, managing director of Grimme UK, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people from across Europe attend the first ever Grimme Farm Days.” Adding that with the new models, “we are very much looking forward to receiving our demonstration models and showing UK growers these new models, which offer a fantastic combination of innovative features, performance, comfort and reliability.”
The Varitron 470 self-propelled harvester
The Varitron 470 self-propelled harvester is the models third generation, now with a more modernised design and available in either wheeled or Terra Trac versions. Grimme has also added a 460hp engine to this version, plus the haul topper attachment and removal has been simplified.
The new haul topper has increased input power and external hydraulic cylinders, for further height adjustments, while the haul and ring elevator can now be individually and conveniently reversed from inside the operator cab.
This new Varitron model can be equipped with different intakes for harvesting potatoes, onions and carrots – when used in a two-phase harvesting system, the 470 can also pick up windrowed onions and potatoes. To reach high-sided transport trailers and boxes in the second row trailer, the Varitron can equipped with a 64 cm bunker extension. At a row width of 75 cm, the transport trailer can drive in the spraying tracks.
The Evo 280 All Crop two-row bunker harvester
The Evo 280 All Crop two-row bunker harvester has retained the compact footprint of the machine’s previous model; at less than 3 m wide, this machine can still be transported on public roads. However, Grimme has also increased the capacity of the six-ton NonstopBunker to 7.5 tonnes.
The Rexor 6200 and Rexor 6300 self-propelled beet harvesters
At the Farm Days event, Grimme unveiled two new Rexor beet harvesters: the 30 m3 bunker capacity Rexor 6200 and the 45 m3 bunker volume Rexor 6300 – now available with a four-year guarantee.
Both new Rexor models feature redesigned digging attachments, with seven leaning rollers and Oppel wheel digging units with four beet feelers (rather than two), which are also used as feeler skids. This new design allows for precision guiding, to improve the auto pilot steering.
The Select 200 two-row elevator harvester
Grimme has also introduced the new two-row Select 200 elevator harvester, featuring the unique ActiveSteering system, a road transport width of less than 3 m, and the patented VarioDrive. The machine can be supplied with no less than four different separators, to adapt the harvester to suit varying conditions.
The Prios 440 four-row cup planter
Grimme’s first four-row cup planter, the Prios 440 can be combined with any common soil cultivator thanks to its gooseneck drawbar, intermediate frame and separate lifting mechanisms, and transport width of less than 3 m.
The PRIOS 440 features a new depth guidance concept, with the depth control of the fertiliser outlet discs, furrow openers, covering discs and the ridge shaping unit all independent. Four feeler wheels at the front of the machine and two ultrasonic sensors in front of the ridge shaping unit detect the working depth and ensure optimum depth control and consistent emergence of the tubers.
For more information on the new machines, please visit the Grimme website: www.grimme.com/uk.