Famous for its three and five wheeled ‘Trike’ machines, Vervaet has developed a four-wheel self-propelled slurry applicator in conjunction with German trailer manufacturer Garant Kotte.
The 550hp, 21cu.m tank capacity Vervaet Quad is not the company’s first venture into a four-wheel layout. The company originally launched a four-wheeler in 1998 to offer more load capacity, but it could not produce the required outputs and was later withdrawn.
However, the demand for a self-propelled slurry applicator to work in tramlines, especially in the UK and German markets, rekindled interest in this layout. Garant, which produces 500 machines a year was looking for an opportunity in the self-propelled market and this is the first product from the alliance.
The Quad is powered by a 13-litre 550hp Volvo Penta engine. A new cooling system sees the radiator positioned at the front of the machine keeping it away from dust and crop residue.
Vervaet has worked closely with Volvo to develop a beefed-up hydrostatic transmission, using hydraulic motors to provide infinitely variable speed control to mechanical gearboxes and axles. Separate gearboxes for each axle allow the Vervaet Quad to offer constant four-wheel drive - diff-locks on each axle and a centre diff-lock are standard.
Four-wheel steering gives an internal turning circle of 8.3m and the Quad can also be used in ‘crab steer’ mode, spreading its weight across four tracks to minimise compaction.
The range of tyres includes the new Mitas 1000/65 R32; 3m maximum transport width is maintained with most options.
At the business end, Vervaet’s proven slurry system offers a choice of Vogelsang and Borger 9,000 litre/minute pumps, or the SuperLoad system with 250mm (10 inch) piping with either a 12,000 or 13,500 litre/minute Borger pump, working through a Vervaet cyclone macerator.
As an option, a Vogelsang macerator can be fitted before the pump. Attention has also been paid to the positioning of the loader arm, to maintain visibility on the road.
Slurry application tools are carried on a rear linkage for a quick swap between a disc injector and a cultivator, for example.
A new telematics and precision farming platform, My Vervaet, is also in development in conjunction with Belgian root crop specialist AVR, which will offer remote monitoring of machine data and site-specific record keeping, compatible with most farm management systems. It can also link to third party NIR sensing equipment including John Deere’s HarvestLab.
Prototypes of the Vervaet Quad will undergo field trials this year with a small series release in 2022. The chassis design also provides the option for a solid applicator or a beet chaser in the future, suggests the manufacturer.
The Vervaet Quad will be sold by the company’s dealer network in Western Europe including J Riley Beet Harvester in the UK, while Garant will handle distribution in Germany and Eastern Europe.