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Here From The Start

Built since the 1980s for Armer Salmon

Key Features

Tonnes / Hour

40 (washing)

30 (washing & chopping)

400 mm

Trace Width

Hopper Capacity




The Cross Hippo 1 Beet Washer was first designed and manufactured under licence for Armer Salmon who sold in to beet growers throughout Europe. in the 1980s,1990s & early 2000s all beet machinery made by Cross held the Armer Salmon name. Today Cross keep the beet machinery in full production and continue to develop on machines which were there from the beginning  with Armer Salmon like the Hippo 1 Beet Washer.  This machine uses a combination of patented cleaning and chopping elements to ensure that you can deliver a quality clean sample of beet for any application. The Hippo can be used for the dirtiest of beet crops to ensure clean and safe cattle feed. This Washer  has a pre-cleaning feature which helps the water last longer per cycle. After the pre-cleaner the beet washer enters the Washing Cylinder and can be washed at various intensities depending on the operators desired cleanliness. After the washing tumbler the beet exits the machine where it can be loaded in to a trailer whole or chopped. The chopper allows the operator to chop directly into a diet feeder and can be folded out of the way when not in use. The machine can also be used to wash any other type of root vegetable including carrots, potatoes, parsnips etc.


The precleaning hopper is used to fill the beet washer as well as shake the loose dirt off the Beet. This saves the water from early contamination


The wash cylinder tumble cleans the beet while semi-submerged in water. The clay and soil washed off the beet falls through the tumbler and is dropped into the base of the machine. This mud is taken out of the machine with an auger when emptying the water.


Every Beet Washer in the CROSS range can be fitted with a chopper. While chopping the chop size can be varied hydraulically. This chopper can be hydraulically folded out of the way when not needed in order to wash whole beet. 

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Before & After

What a difference a wash makes

Cross Hippo 1 Beet Washers are guaranteed to remove all the soil and dirt from Beet or any root crop in order to provide a clean sample for animal feed, anaerobic digestion or sugar production. All Cross Washers can also wash vegetables for human consumption due to the vary speed controls. It is estimated that even the cleanest crop of beet to the visual eye still contains at least 5% dirt before washing. It has been proven that washing with a Cross Beet Washer can clean any root crop and separate the dirt no matter how clean it appears. 

Web Selection

The Cross Range of Beet washers are fitted with Broekema Webs of your choice. A 50mm web can be fitted for larger crops such as beet or juice carrots. Smaller 30mm webs can be fitted then for potatoes or small root crops. This works well to stop crops falling through while ensuring cleaning still occurs. Custom Webs can be fitted at early request when ordering a machine. 

Drive Options

The Cross Range of beet washers can be fitted with numerous types of drive units. The Hippo 1 Beet Washer comes standard with PTO Drive but can be fitted with alternative drives on request. Each drive unit is built to suit the customer needs.There are two types of engine drive. A JCB 75kw engine is used for the larger output applications and a Silence Engine is used for the lower output jobs. With an electric drive the system fitted is fully electric hydraulic and is built to suit your power source and machine requirementsWith PTO, the system supplied is built to suit your machine and tractor. The machine will never be under stress due to this. 

Chop Size

Variable in size 

Cross Beet Washer Choppers all come with a variable chop size option. This allows the operator to select the desired chop size while the machine is in operation with the simple pull of a lever. 
The chopper is not only adjustable but can also be folded out of the way when whole beet is required. This can be carried out with out the need for any machine stoppage. A lever will allow the operator to fold the chopper up when the machine is in operation. 


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Technical Data

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Hippo 1 Technical Data


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Hippo 1 Beet Washer
Dirty Beet Before Washing
Washed Beet
Hippo 1 Gallery

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