Beet Eater 617

The Beet Eater 617 is the latest development of the market leading Vervaet 17-tonne six-row tanker harvester concept. Very maneuverable and economical to run, it combines simplicity and reliability with modern technology and comfort. Although now out of production, a huge variety of second hand and refurbished harvesters are usually available.


The Combi 2 topper is capable of mulching beet tops between the rows for an extremely even spread and easy incorporation, but is still able to spread shredded material to the right hand side if required. Flail speeds of up to 1200rpm ensure tops are thoroughly pulverised. Scalper height and angle is adjustable from the cab.

Lifting gear

The famous Vervaet lifting unit employs rotating walking shares which move independently, with each share making a circular motion in the ground so that one of each pair of shares is in the ground at any one time. Speed is adjustable from the cab, and at 700rpm each share makes 23 lifting movements per second. Each lifting element is self-seeking to ensure very gentle and precise lifting.

Lifting depth is extremely accurately controlled by hydraulically driven steel depth wheels fitted as standard. Rubber paddles running between the shares ensure that no beet roll forward when harvesting in dry conditions. Hydraulic row-width adjustment is also standard equipment.


Cleaning begins as soon as the beet leave the ground, with the first two cleaning turbines removing 50% of the soil lifted so it doesn't get a chance to stick to the beet. With a total of six turbines the cleaning capacity of the 617 is huge but can be adjusted according to conditions to ensure that the beet are treated extremely gently. Turbine speed is steplessly adjusted from the cab and can be set to automatically vary proportionally according to the machine's forward speed. Various gates and turbine types are available.

Holding tank

The ring trace brings the beet to the 17-tonne capacity holding tank which is extremely well-suited to working with 18-tonne trailers.

Engine and transmission

The Beet Eater 617 is powered by a 12.9-litre DAF Paccar MX340 engine which produces 465hp. Running at just 12-1400rpm and combined with a load sensing hydraulic system it gives extremely frugal fuel consumption for cost-effective lifting.

Two- or four-wheel steering can be selected. When using automatic steering the front wheels are controlled by share sensors and the rear wheels controlled by sensors on the topper so that the harvester is always perfectly inline with the rows.


The 617 is fitted with an extremely modern and ergonomic cab which provides exceptional visibility. A multifunctional 26.5cm touch screen computer displays important information and statistics including everything from engine speed through to harvested area and fuel consumption per hectare.


Options available for the 617 include hydraulic row width adjustment, hydraulically adjustable scalpers, additional cameras, xenon lights and hydraulically adjustable rear press wheels for even weight distribution and a level field finish.

Brochure and further details

Vervaet Beet Eater 617 brochure

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For more information please contact Matt Carse on 07825 631377.