New coupling system for front PTO transmission is top Claas
Back in February at the SIMA trade fair in Paris, the new Claas Axion 800 tractor had its premiere and was introduced to the international press. However, it is only this week that the specifications of the four different models, which were not available at that time, have been revealed.
When the Axion 900 was introduced in 2011, Claas claimed to be presenting a new kind of design philosophy in tractor construction. The firm now says its Axion 800 has been designed and developed according to the same principles, with the first machines set to arrive on the market from 2014.
Like the Axion 900, the new Axion 800 has a long wheelbase with a weight distribution of 50pc at the front and 50pc at the rear and a compact design. To ensure that the tractor remains manoeuvrable despite its bulk, its front chassis also shares the 'wasp waist' shape of the Axion 900. The radiator package sits on the widest point of the front axle carrier, while the engine is mounted on a narrow oil pan integrated within the frame. Claas claims the advantage of this slender design is that it allows high steering angles and a small turning radius.
The design enables the use of front linkages with lifting forces of 3.5t or 5.6t without additional reinforcing struts. The rear linkage achieves an impressive maximum lifting capacity of 10.2t.
Like the 900 series, the new Axion 800 series is equipped with a four-pillar cab and the Claas comfort concept with four-point cab mounting. Vibration damping for the lifting gear and front axle suspension is also used, thus providing improved operator comfort.
I sat into both the Axion 900 and 800 models and on inspection the similarity of the two tractor models in terms of design is obvious.
The cab on the 800 is not just located further towards the front, but is also larger and wider. Visibility is impressive. Thanks to a single-piece windscreen without cross-struts and a curved rear window, the driver has a clear view of the attached implements both to the front and rear.