Market-leading Vervaet Q-Series pushes forward
The market-leading Vervaet Q-Series sugar beet harvester range was first launched over three years ago. Since then the Q-616 has established itself as the worthy successor of the legendary Beet Eater 617, although the latter still remains the UK’s most prolific sugar beet harvester and is itself an extremely highly regarded and capable machine.
As usual 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,” notes Jeremy Riley, managing director of sole UK-importers J Riley Beet Harvesters (UK) Ltd. “But over the last three years it’s constantly proven itself as a market leader. Despite contractors in some areas having only just finished lifting after an extremely arduous 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. The six-wheel 625 also maintains its reputation for the highest outputs in the toughest conditions.”
As well as a first class product, customers continue to appreciate Riley’s industry-leading backup. The extensive seasonal overhaul programme is already well underway, and the company reports no issues whilst 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,” comments Jeremy. “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 Vervaet’s state of the art production facility is still operating at full capacity, which a batch of new Q-Series machines currently partway through completion. Included amongst these are new machines which have already been sold to UK contractors and growers for the 2020/21 sugar beet campaign.