Big X steals the show at silage demo
Krone's new self-propelled silage harvester looks set to make a big impact in the buoyant silage machinery market
Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30
I was in Co Louth recently to see Krone's new Big X 580 self-propelled silage harvester working at a silage machinery demonstration.
There was a range of Krone silage machinery being worked in a good crop of grass at the demonstration but, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Big X harvester was the star of the show.
Contractors and farmers were anxious to get a glimpse of the harvester that Krone distributors Farmhand are hoping will now take a sizeable share of the sub-600hp self-propelled silage harvester market in Ireland.
The stout-looking harvester has a 585hp engine and is designed for predominantly grass markets.
Krone importers Farmhand claim that the new models excel on crop flow and throughput thanks to six pre-compression rollers and the VariStream spring-loaded cutting floor and crop accelerator back plate.
Consisting of a spring-loaded floor beneath the cutter head and a spring-loaded plate in crop accelerator housing, VariStream ensures blockage-free and smooth operation, even when the flow of crop is not even.
This means the forager is utilised to its limit but uses less fuel per ton of crop harvested.
Interestingly, the new Big X 580 is actually lighter, more compact and more manoeuvrable thanks to its independent wheel suspension.