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Saturday 10 December 2016

Quadrant covers all baling bases

The new generation of Quadrant balers from Class will on display for the first time in Ireland this week

Derek Casey

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

The Quadrant 5200 baler will be on display at the Claas stand in Tullamore
The Quadrant 5200 baler will be on display at the Claas stand in Tullamore

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.

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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.

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Auto slope control automatically controls the fan speed relative to the angle of the combine to avoid losses and improve sample quality.

Tractors

The Aarion 400 tractor with its one piece panoramic windscreen and roof panel provides unrivalled visibility especially when using a loader. New for 2016 is the option of the 24-speed Hexashift transmission.

Another new feature is dynamic steering.

With its two automatic and one manual modes, the operator can alter the steering characteristics so that the steering reacts quicker the more the steering wheel is turned, or for loader work or turning on the headland it can be set so that it goes from lock-to-lock in just one turn, instead of the standard 4.5 turns.

Other options include cab suspension, the ability to save and recall headland sequences and telematics machine monitoring.

Of big interest to livestock and dairy farmers will be the Claas Atos 200 and 300 range of tractors, now fully available in Ireland.

The range includes six models powered by Tier 4i engines - three 3-cylinder 200 models (76, 88 and 97hp) and three 4-cylinder 300 models (88, 102 and 109hp), which are available in either two- or four-wheel drive.

Three transmission options are available - a 10/10, 20/20 or 30/30 transmission with mechanical or Revershift reverser. A particularly useful feature for jobs such as loader work or round baling is Smart Stop.

Selected using a switch on the dashboard, this enables the driver to automatically de-clutch, and so stop and start the tractor, just using the brake pedal.

A wide range of PTO options is also available, and on models fitted with the eco option these also have a 60 l/min hydraulic system that can be used at just 1600 rpm so saving fuel.

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