Grimme launches new Varitron

Grimme Varitron 470
Grimme’s new Varitron 470

In addition to the new modern design, the third generation of the self-propelled potato harvester Varitron 470 features many further developments.

The updates are included on both the wheeled and Terra Trac versions and can be ordered for the 2023 harvest season.

The new suspension design has simplified the process of attaching and removing the haulm topper. In addition, the input power of the haulm topper has been increased to ensure an optimal chopping of potato haulm.

In order to be able to use the Varitron 470 to its full capacity all year round, it can be equipped with different intakes for harvesting potatoes, onions and carrots. When used in a two-phase harvesting system, it can be used to pick up previously windrowed onions and potatoes.

To remove and to prevent any blockage, all main webs, the fine haulm elevator and the ring elevator can be individually and conveniently reversed from the operator cab. Another new feature is that the direction of rotation of the extracting unit resp. the extracting rollers can be easily reversed. This allows the rollers to rotate either in the extraction or transfer mode. This means that the VARITRON can be adjusted even better to different crops and the desired separation result.

The new Vatritron 470 is equipped with the 12.1in operator terminal CCI 1200 as standard. With its intuitive user interface, the terminal provides the operator with a perfect overview of all machine functions.

The ‘SmartView’ video system with 12in touchscreen monitor, zoom function, live slow motion, live image transmission via WiFi, Visual Protect Pro and the option of image recording, ensures a good overview of all machine functions with up to 13 cameras. This enables even better setting of the machine.

For the documentation of harvest masses, the Varitron 470 can be equipped with an integrated system for mass mapping. Based on this data, a yield map can be created that visualises zones of high and low yield. With the help of a Farm Management Information System (FMIS), a map for the site-specific application of, for example fertiliser, pesticides or seed, can be derived from this yield map.