Grimme brings out Evo 290 spud harvester

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German based manufacturer Grimme will release its new Grimme Evo 290 potato harvester at November’s Agritechnica expo in Germany.

The Grimme evo 290 two-row harvester side on
The Grimme evo 290 scheduled for international release at Agritechnica in November

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  • Equipped with a bigger 9-tonne bunker
  • Three wheels reduce soil compaction
  • Reversible second main web is 20 percent bigger

Boasting a category leading bunker capacity of 9 tonnes the Evo 290 two-row trailed potato harvester is said to borrow key design principles from the Grimme SE150-60 and SE260 bunker harvesters.

"The new EVO series builds on the success of the SE series and contains all of the know-how and experience Grimme has gained from manufacturing more than 65,000 potato harvesters," Landpower Grimme operations manager Rob Breedveld says.

"While the Evo 290 borrows technology from the highly successful SE260, there are many new and improved components within the machine," he says. "The two most noticeable differences are the use of three wheels instead of two to reduce soil compaction, and a 50 percent increase in bunker size to nine tonnes, the biggest in its class.

"The size of the second main web, which is also reversible, has also been increased by 20 percent in comparison to the SE260," Breedveld adds.

The Evo 290 has a TriSys chassis with three steered wheels and large 750/60-30.5 and 1000/50 R25 tyres which together increases soil contact surface by 65 percent.

Breedveld says the optional VarioDrive combines mechanical and hydraulic drives, giving you the best of both worlds: "Mechanical drives are more energy efficient, whereas the hydraulic drives can improve traction in difficult conditions because they can be adjusted independently of the PTO speed."

The Grimme Evo 290 also offers optional driver assistance systems such as Visual Protect and Speedtronic.

The Visual Protect system switches automatically to a video camera when it detects a potential hazard such as a blockage giving the operator a constant overview of the machine to remove the risk of hazards.

The Speedtronic system automatically controls the speed of the separators and the picking web according to load.

The optional non-stop bunker
The 5.5-tonne ‘non-stop’ bunker with a backwards-moving floor allows full utilisation of the bunker space

Other options include a 5.5-tonne ‘non-stop’ bunker with a backwards-moving floor which allows full utilisation of the bunker space.

This improves performance by up to 20 percent compared to a standard bunker, Breedveld says.

Established in 1861, Grimme is a manufacturer of potato, beet and vegetable planting, harvesting and handling technology. The family-owned company also owns the North American potato harvesting machinery manufacturer Spudnik, the Danish vegetable harvesting equipment manufacturer ASA-Lift and he OEM manufacturers Internorm, a polyurethane product manufacturer, and Ricon, which produces webs and conveying technology.

The evo 290 potato harvesters TriSys chassis
The Evo 290 has a TriSys chassis with three steered wheels and large 750/60-30.5 and 1000/50 R25 tyres

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