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160 years of progress

Grimme GmbH was founded in 1861 when Franz Carl Heinrich Grimme took over the family forge in Damme, Germany, expanding the small business to include metal goods and agricultural machinery.


The first brands included Fendt, Lanz, Porsche and Niemeyer. His son, also called Franz took over the company in 1930 and began to experiment with machines to make the potato harvest easier.


With two mechanics, he established the Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik factory in 1936, building up to 1,500 windrowers a year before the Second World War.


In 1966 the Europa series was developed and this single row potato harvester became the market leader in Germany that year. At the same time, Franz Grimme decided to focus entirely on potatoes, unlike many other manufacturers who had substantially expanded their product range.


His son, also Franz, who joined the company in 1970 and took over management from his father in 1980, says: “That was an absolute stroke of luck for us. We were able to fully transfer our passion to our products and still do today.”


In 1969 the first self-propelled potato harvester was launched, and Franz Grimme comments: “It was not comparable with today’s technology but was a real step into the future. Today we are present with our innovative machines in over 120 countries around the world.”



The Grimme factory in Damme, Germany in 1955.


Grimme’s first harvester, the single row Universal, was developed in 1956.

Two-row bunker

The first two-row bunker harvester followed in 1967.

SP 1974

The first venture into self-propelled harvesters in 1974, a two-row machine with 80 or 100hp engine.


Brands now in the Grimme stable and supported by the depots include ASA-Lift.

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