Quadrant covers all baling bases
The new generation of Quadrant balers from Class will on display for the first time in Ireland this week
Pride of place at the Claas stand at this year's Ploughing goes to the Quadrant 5200 large square baler, which is being exhibited for the first time in Ireland. Other recent additions to the Claas range that will be on display include the latest specification Arion 400 tractor, the new Atos range of livestock tractors and from the mower range a Disco 3600C.
The new Quadrant 5200 baler is the first in a new generation of Quadrant balers, which have been on the market since 1988.
At the heart of these new models is a redevelopment of Claas' oldest patented product - the knotter - and Claas is still the only baler manufacturer to manufacture its own knotters.
In order to increase output and bale density, the new balers feature heavier duty drives, longer bale chambers and the new Claas automatic pressure control (APC) system. APC ensures the required bale weight relative to the strength of string being used is maintained by automatically monitoring the knotters and the stress on the drive system.
Another first is the option of hydraulic drive to the pick-up reel, top crop press roller and feed auger so that speed can be matched to crop quantity.
Representing the combine range at Tullamore will be a Lexion 630 straw-walker model. For next season the Lexion 600 range will benefit from being powered by the latest fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz T4F engines.
The two largest models in the range, the 670 and 660, will now be fitted with dynamic cooling, where air is drawn in from above the combine over the engine bay and then down the side of the combine to prevent dust rising.
Other new features for 2017 include auto crop flow control which avoids the risk of a blockage, so giving the driver confidence to push the combine to its maximum capacity.