Farm Ireland

Monday 11 December 2017

Krone's Big X takes a bow

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Krone introduced the new 480 and 580 harvesters two years ago, and now the first machine in this series has arrived in Ireland for demonstration during 2015. The Big X 580 (pictured right) has a 585hp engine and is designed for predominantly grass markets such as Ireland.

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 backplate.

However, Krone importers Farmhand claim that the new Big X 580 is lighter, more compact and more manoeuvrable thanks to independent wheel suspension.

Farmhand northern sales Manager, Cormac Megaw, that he drove the 580 last season. "It has great output and fantastic driver control and comfort. The price is also lower, which we think will make it an attractive proposition for Irish users this year."

The new 'Silent Space' cab on the Big X 580 provides generous room. High side windows and the slim posts give operators an unobstructed view of the spout even when the unloading height is as high as 6m.

Sticking with German production lines, Claas will have their new Arion tractors on display for the first time in Ireland at the show. The most stand-out feature of the Arion is its unique and striking Panoramic cab, which sets a new standard for cab visibility. The cab features a one piece windscreen that is joined to roof pane without a crossbeam. This gives the operator an unrestricted 90 degree field of vision over a front loader and gives the cab a large feeling of space that is unprecedented.

The Arion range, which vary from 90hp up to 140hp, is powered by a four cylinder, 4.5 litre FPT turbocharged and charge-air -cooled engine. Drive to the axles is through the well-proven 16 forward/16 reverse speed 'Quadrashift' transmission. The four power shifts and four ranges can either be changed manually without needing to use the clutch or, alternatively, there is the option of fully automatic gear and range changes.

The transmission and other main operating functions are controlled using a new multifunction-control lever. This is designed so that all the gearbox functions can be controlled using a thumb-operated rocker switch. The multifunction control also incorporates controls for the headland and linkage controls.

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