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The largest of the largest, i.e. self-propelled beet harvesters
Gone are the days when every second sugar beet grower owned the Neptun Z413 single-row harvester produced in Słupsk. Now, the vast majority of excavations are carried out by self-propelled machines, most often owned by a service provider or a sugar mill.
Currently, sugar beet cultivation and harvesting is a very specific and relatively narrow industry. Digging beet roots in our region of the world has been mastered by self-propelled harvesters, which are produced by a literally a handful of companies. Three of them (Grimme, Holmer, Ropa) are German brands and the other two (Agrifac, Vervaet) are Dutch. Such a small number of them is the result of the processes of taking over (as it usually happens) smaller ones by larger ones.
Beet harvesting in the past and now
And so, the former renowned German manufacturer Kleine (the aforementioned Neptun harvester was produced under his license) was taken over by Grimme, the Dutch WKM by Agrifac, and Agrifac, together with Holmer, now belong to the French group Exel Industries. This group also includes the Matrot brand, which also used to produce beet harvesters.
https://www.agridane.com – specifications of agricultural machinery
It is worth recalling that two decades ago, there were many companies offering various methods of digging them in the field of beet harvesting machines: tractor combines (one-, two- or even three-row), two-stage or three-stage harvesting (topper, lifter and trailer) harvesting roots suspended on tractors) and small self-propelled harvesters.
Some of these brands, i.e. French Franquet or Scandinavian Edenhall, TIM and Thyregod, still exist and produce, among others trailed beet harvesters, other such as Kleine, Moreau, Stoll or WKM have been taken over and liquidated, and still others, such as Barigelli, Guaresi and Matrot, exist, but they do not produce beet digging machines anymore. There was also the Soviet KS-6B combine. However, this does not change the fact that today beet harvesting other than that carried out by self-propelled machines is marginal.
So our focus is today and we present to you the largest of the largest self-propelled beet harvesters. Costing millions, equipped with huge engines, five or six wheels, running “doggy” and having root tanks larger than the load capacity of a truck trailer, and their capacity almost comparable to rail cars.