The need for clean beet before chopping has seen a number of agricultural engineering firms develop washing or combination washing and chopping solutions.

A large number of these are loader-mounted to suit either a tractor or larger versions for dedicated materials handlers. The concept is not new – Hi Spec and Tanco developed machines that would do both and could be mounted on a loader. Tanco still manufactures its Cleanafeed machine, while Cross Engineering has a range of beet-washing designs including engine- and electric-powered units.