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Monday 25 September 2017

Updated Xerion models offer a wealth of efficiencies for 2014

POWERFUL: The Xerion 4000 has a huge maximum power output of 435hp and is one of three models Claas has unveiled for 2014
POWERFUL: The Xerion 4000 has a huge maximum power output of 435hp and is one of three models Claas has unveiled for 2014
OPTIMUM: The Xerion is equipped with a 195 litres/min hydraulic circuit operating at up to 200 bar, with flow rates of up to 105 litres/min available for each spool valve
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Following the launch of the high horsepower Claas Xerion 5000 and 4500 versions two years ago, a third model has now been added.

At the same time, all three models for 2014 will benefit from new engines and a number of other updates and changes.

The Xerion has proven itself in both arable and more specialist applications, being ideal for heavy cultivations or more specialist work such as slurry spreading, silage clamp buck raking or timber processing.

The new addition to the range, the Xerion 4000, has a huge maximum power output of 435hp and will be available in three versions: Trac, with a fixed centrally positioned cab; Trac, VC with a rotating cab; or Saddle Trac, which has a forward mounted cab.

Central to the Xerion design is the concept of building the tractor around a full-frame load-bearing chassis from which the main components are suspended, and in which the cross-bracing is now bolted on rather than welded for added strength.

The four large equal-sized wheels enable the Xerion to put down a large tyre contact area for minimal wheel-slip and maximum traction, ensuring optimum efficiency.

Claas claims this unique design results in a tractor that is highly manoeuvrable and is capable of safely carrying large loads but able to efficiently convert engine power to tractive power, so ensuring high output and low running costs. The Xerion is the only tractor in this high horsepower sector to have a 50kph CVT transmission.

HIGH TORQUE ENGINE

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All three Xerion models are powered by Tier 4 final compliant Mercedes engines that use SCR catalytic converter technology.

These engines develop maximum torque at between 1450-1500 rpm and remain torque stable over a wide engine speed range, making the engine fuel efficient when used for high traction applications such as cultivating.

Drive to the four equal-sized wheels is through either an Eccom 4.5 or 5.0 CVT transmission.

As before, the Eccom 4.5 transmission provides full power and a maximum speed of 50kph at a reduced engine speed in either direction.

For those who will just use their Xerion for mainly heavy cultivations, the optional Eccom 5.0 transmission is 500kg lighter, has a reverse speed of 30kph and has the option of not having a PTO coupling.

Each axle is designed to handle maximum loads of up to 15t and, as before, has a total of six different steering modes with a minimum turning circle of just 15.7m.

The design of the Xerion also ensures that overall road width is kept to a minimum, measuring just 3m wide when fitted with 710mm tyres.

CHASSIS

The full frame chassis provides the Xerion with a wide range of ballasting options to ensure even loading between the axles and maximum traction.

Up to 6.8t or 5.0t can be carried on the front and rear linkage respectively, while a further 3.4t can be carried on a base plate behind the cab.

In the cab, all the main operating functions are controlled using the new C-motion multifunction control lever.

This is designed so that all the main functions are operated using just three fingers, and also incorporates a hand rest.

As standard, the Xerion is equipped with a 195 litres/min hydraulic circuit operating at up to 200 bar, with flow rates of up to 105 litres/min available for each spool valve, and up to seven rear and three front spools can be fitted.

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