Launched by Vervaet in 2016 to replace the company’s legendary Beet Eater 617, the Q-616 has established itself as a worthy successor and is the UK’s most prolific sugar beet harvester.
It’s already a highly regarded and capable machine, but Vervaet’s ongoing policy of continuing development has resulted in some updates to the specification of new machines for the 2020/21 season. These include a new touch-screen inside the cab for control and monitoring of functions; a new traction control system; an improved levelling system for working on hillsides; and a new automatic tank filling system using ultrasonic sensors.
“As the replacement for the 617, the Q-series had big shoes to fill,” the managing director of sole UK importer J Riley Beet Harvesters, Jeremy Riley, said. “But during the past three years it has constantly proven itself as a market leader.
“Despite contractors in some areas having only just finished lifting after an extremely arduous 2019/20 campaign, we’ve had a very good response from our customers, with eight new Q-series machines ordered so far for the 2020/21 campaign.”
As well as a first class product, customers continue to appreciate Riley’s backup. The extensive seasonal overhaul programme is already well underway, and the company reports no issues while continuing to comply with the Government’s latest Covid-19 advice. Parts availability has not been affected with everything in-stock as usual.
“We have some of the best people in the industry,” Mr Riley added. “Between them they have an amazing amount of experience, and they’re all experts in their field. This industry is all about people, and they come together almost like a giant family, each doing their bit.
“We’re very proud of our history and longevity, and also of the valued relationships we enjoy with our customers, many of which have been built up over a considerable length of time.”
In The Netherlands, meanwhile, Vervaet’s production facility is still operating at full capacity, with a batch of new Q-Series machines currently partway through completion. Included among these are new machines that have already been sold to UK contractors and growers for the 2020/21 sugar beet campaign.
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