While an official opening might not be possible, the team at Grimme UK’s new £3m depot have still found a way to celebrate – supplying the 2000th Grimme de-stoner to one of the country’s leading vegetable growers.
A month after moving into the Market Weighton depot, Grimme UK has supplied a milestone CS 150 Combi-Star separator to one of Yorkshire’s largest root vegetable growers.
The CS 150 Combi-Star, which features a unique mix of star rollers and main webs to deliver excellent stone and clod separation, was sold to MH Poskitt and was the first separator to be received by Grimme UK at its new 15,000 square feet depot.
Like all of Grimme’s machinery, the CS 150 Combi-Star was manufactured in Germany but received by the team at Market Weighton for pre-delivery inspection and customising to MH Poskitt’s exact requirements.
Poskitt’s, which grows, washes, packs, and distributes carrots, potatoes, swedes, parsnips and pumpkin for supermarkets, will use the de-stoner on its Yorkshire farms.
“It’s fitting that this milestone machine should be the first separator to leave our new Market Weighton depot,” says Patrick Graf Grote, managing director at Grimme UK. “It was a real surprise to us all to see that the serial number indicated that this was the 2,000th CS 150 Combi-Star to be manufactured, and it is great to see it going to one of the UK’s leading vegetable growers and a long-standing local customer for Grimme UK.”
The CS 150 Combi-Star offers 25% more sieving capacity than traditional systems due to the highly efficient and powerful patented RotaPower shaft, which crumbles the compacted soil and prepares it for increased sieving. The RotaPower shaft also significantly reduces the wear and tear of the star rollers and main web.
Grimme has also incorporated a robust V-belt drive into the CS 150 Combi-Star to ensure low maintenance costs.
“We have some very stony and cloddy fields in Yorkshire, so wanted a machine that could perform well. We already own six Grimme de-stoners and they never let us down, that’s why we went for Grimme’s CS 150 Combi-Star,” says James Bramley, farm manager – Vegetables. “As always, Grimme UK has customised the machine to suit our exact needs, and now they are just down the road it will be very easy for us to have the machine serviced and to get hold of spare parts when we need them. The fact our machine is the two-thousandth one to be manufactured shows what a great piece of kit the CS 150 is!”
Grimme UK relocated to the Market Weighton site in the middle of February, following 11 years in Dunnington, near York.
A significant increase in both the size of the Grimme UK team and the number of customers the company is supporting, combined with the need to hold more stock and have space to work on larger machines, meant the company simply ran out of room.
“Our new purpose-built, state-of-the-art depot means we can carry probably the largest stock of replacement webs in the North of the country. We can also easily undertake servicing and repairs on machines of all sizes – from the smallest to the largest. And, when circumstances allow, we will be able to welcome groups for operator training and refresher courses on our machines,” adds Mr Graf Grote .
For more information about Grimme UK, the CS 150 Combi-Star and the broader range of vegetable harvesting machinery, please visit www.grimme.com/uk