Scotts potato machinery, based in Lincs, has launched two new pieces of kit for the 2006 season.

The firm’s Evolution separator is available in two sizes – 1.8m and 2.4m – and is designed for use either integrated into a grading line or it can be used within a harvester.

The unit consists of four deformable, multi-fluted soft rubber rollers which run against adjustable steel or rubber clod rollers.

Variable speed motors drive the fluted rollers, which are available in three increasingly aggressive versions: 8mm, 10mm and 20mm.

As a standalone unit the separators cost 11,000 and 12,500 for the 1.8m and 2.4m units respectively.

Also unveiled by the firm is a small fully-mounted root crop harvester.

Dubbed the SP2, the harvester is capable of lifting a range of root crops directly from the ground or from an already windrowed situation.

The SP2 is available with various webs and agitation settings and with a choice of cart or cross conveyors for windrowing.

Being fully mounted, the harvester is suited to working in restricted access sites and small fields.

Depending on specification the price of the unit ranges from 9000 as a basic onion lifter to just under 20,000 as a potato harvester.