CLAAS has introduced the first in a new generation of cutterbars for the TUCANO and LEXION combine ranges. The new VARIO 930 and 770 and the CERIO 930 and 770 have cutting widths of 9.3m and 7.7m respectively and incorporate a number of innovative new features.
CLAAS has introduced the first in a new generation of cutterbars for the TUCANO and LEXION combine ranges. In addition, a new 12.3m version of the VARIO is now available, designed for use within Controlled Trafffic Farming systems
The new VARIO 930 and 770 and the CERIO 930 and 770 have cutting widths of 9.3m and 7.7m respectively and incorporate a number of innovative new features.
VARIO 930 and 770
The new VARIO 930 and 770 cutterbars replace the current VARIO 900 and 750 models and offer both a slightly wider working width but also far greater functionality.
On current VARIO cutterbars, the knife can be adjusted over a range from -10cm to +20cm for cereals and up to +50cm for direct cutting oilseed rape using manually fitted filler plates.
On the new generation VARIO 930 and 770, the knife can now be infinitely adjusted over a range from -10cm to +60cm and the cutterbar table incorporates integrated rapeseed plates. This saves considerate time and allows infinite knife adjustment over the full 70cm range and even when the rapeseed plates are in place, the knife can still be adjusted over a 20cm range.
The new design also means that side-knives can be easily fitted without needing to use tools, and once connected using two flat-sealing couplers, this automatically activates the hydraulic pump to drive the knives.
To minimise losses, additional panelling has been added to the right hand side of the cutterbar and the knife and reel-end positions are also transmitted automatically to the combine.
New CERIO cutterbar
The new CERIO cutterbar is designed to provide many of the benefits of the VARIO, but at a lower cost.
Designed for use with cereals, the knife distance on the CERIO is manually adjusted, with five possible positions available over a range from -10cm to +10cm in order to maximise crop flow. To alter the knife distance, 10 bolts are simply loosened which then allows the knife to be pushed in or out.
In most other respects the CERIO cutterbar is very similar to the VARIO, using the same frame, intake auger, drives and reel.
Other new features across all four VARIO and CERIO cutterbars include a wider diameter intake auger, which has been increased by 16% to 660mm to allow greater amounts of straw to easily flow into the combine. Both the intake auger and the knife are now mechanically driven via a gearbox and shaft. The reel is also fitted with wear-resistant bearings and the stripper bars are adjusted from the outside.
In addition, the cutterbar features an angled top beam to provide the operator with a better view into the cutterbar. The LASER PILOT units can also now be folded and adjusted without tools and when finished, the cutterbar will automatically return to the ‘park’ position at the press of a button.
New VARIO 1230
To better work within a 12m Controlled Traffic Farming system, CLAAS has introduced the new VARIO 1230 cutterbar which has a cutting width of 12.3m.
The new VARIO 1230 features a split reel and a linear driven knife with a cutting speed of 1344 strokes a minute, driven from each side of the cutterbar. The crop is fed to the centre of the cutterbar by a 660mm diameter auger and for improved contour following, the cutterbar is fitted with six AUTO CONTOUR sensor bands instead of four previously.
CLAAS has introduced a new addition to the QUADRANT range, the new QUADRANT 4000 which produces a 0.80 m x 0.50 m bale and offers 15% more throughput and 10% more bale density compared to the QUADRANT 1150 which it replaces.
CLAAS offers one of the most extensive ranges of big square baler on the market, and for 2015 there will be a new addition to the range, the QUADRANT 4000.
The new QUADRANT 4000 produces a bale measuring 0.80 m x 0.50 m and offers 15% more throughput and 10% more bale density compared to the QUADRANT 1150 which it replaces.
To achieve these performance increases, the flywheel and feed rake clutch have been designed for a 30% increase in load. The entire drive train in the QUADRANT 4000, including the connecting rods, have also been designed for higher output and longer service life, and the bale chamber has also been strengthened accordingly.
To achieve this higher density and throughput, the QUADRANT 4000 maintains a powerful 61 ram strokes per minute. In addition, the shape of the baling ram has been changed so that the bales are evenly and firmly pressed together from the centre out to the edge of the bale. This results in perfectly formed, square bales which are stable for transport and storage.
Gentle on crops
The QUADRANT 4000 comes with a 2.00m wide pick-up and the crop is fed into the baler by 2-phase feed rake system, which ensures an extremely gentle crop pick-up and processing. The stalks are not damaged and retain their original length, so that when they are compressed, hardly any dust is able to form.
The compact bale shape also enables the bales to be handled easily and is particularly popular with horse and livestock farmers. And it's not just its simple design that makes the QUADRANT 4000 the optimal solution for economic hay, straw and silage baling.
Simple and reliable the CLAAS single knotter
The new QUADRANT 4000 has four tried-and-tested CLAAS single knotters from the bigger QUADRANT 3200. Along with the reliability of this technology, the most important advantage of the single knotter principle is that, unlike with a double knotter, this makes it very easy to pull the strings out of the bale.
As with all CLAAS square balers, the QUADRANT 4000 also has needle protection to prevents the needle and the piston from colliding if they are damaged.
The twine boxes can now be swung out further to enable fast and easy maintenance and cleaning of the machine. In addition, the QUADRANT 4000 is the first square baler in this sector which can be optionally equipped with a central lubrication system.
New CLAAS OPERATOR control terminal
The lubrication intervals can be determined by the user from the tractor cab using the new CLAAS OPERATOR control panel. As with all CLAAS square balers, the QUADRANT 4000 is ISOBUS-compatible and can be optionally equipped with the OPERATOR.
This new terminal is used to easily and intuitively operate and monitor the machine. In addition to the lubrication intervals, the driver can determine the baling pressure and the bale lengths, and monitor functions such as number of piston strokes per minute, twine breakage and number of bales (daily and total). In addition, when sharing machines between users, data records for up to 20 customers can be saved.
Rapid field clearance with the DUOPAC bale stacking wagon
In order to make the most of the QUADRANT 4000’s greater throughput and higher bale density, to speed field clearance of the compact 0.80 m x 0.50 m bales, CLAAS has developed the DUOPAC bale stacking wagon. This gently places stacks of two square bales on the field and supports quick and easy field clearing after baling.
For the 2015 harvest, a complete new range of TUCANO models will be available. With six models available across three ranges, the new TUCANO remains true to the principle of providing arable growers with an alternative to the LEXION, it does however draw upon that range for some of its new features in order to further boost output and productivity.
Originally launched for the 2008 harvest, the CLAAS TUCANO combine range has proved extremely popular with smaller to medium sized arable farmers and contractors, who want a high capacity combine but without all the additional sophistication of the LEXION range.
One of the reasons the TUCANO has stood out in the medium sized sector is the use of the well proven APS threshing system, and more recently the APS HYBRID system, which helps ensure that high outputs can be maintained even in difficult threshing conditions. The ability to also use the VARIO cutterbar on the TUCANO has also proved extremely popular.
For the 2015 harvest, a complete new range of TUCANO models will be available which, while remaining true to the principle of providing arable growers with an alternative to the LEXION, does however draw upon that range for some of its new features in order to further boost output and productivity.
The new TUCANO is available in three ranges with a total of six models. Topping the line-up will be the new TUCANO 570 which is fitted with an APS HYBRID threshing system. The four-model TUCANO 400 range uses the APS system in combination with straw walkers, whilst the TUCANO 320 has just a single conventional drum and straw walkers.
From the outside, the most notable difference is the appearance of the new TUCANO range, which more closely follows the LEXION, especially with the adoption of a ‘top-pivot’ type unloading auger. The main benefit of this is an increase in loading height and discharge speed, which is now about 30% higher and on the new TUCANO 570 HYBRID means that its 9,000 litre tank can be emptied in less than two minutes. This also means that longer discharge augers can now be available, plus it makes access for servicing far easier.
The new TUCANO is powered by a Tier 4 compatible Mercedes-Benz engine, with the exhaust gasses treated using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). Fresh air for the engine is drawn in through a rotating radiator screen and active pre-separation ensures that fewer particles get into the two air filters.
For difficult or hilly conditions, a new 4-wheel drive axle is available, which uses two central hydrostatic motors integrated into the axle and provides 30% more traction.
As previously, the new TUCANO can be used with the complete range of CLAAS cutterbars, including the new VARIO and CERIO models, which are quickly mounted using the simple multi-connector.
On the TUCANO 400 and 570 models, the APS threshing system accelerates and subjects the crop to a high centrifugal force, so that 30% of the easily threshed grains are removed in the pre-concave, leaving the main drum and concave to handle the harder to thresh grains. Both the accelerator and main drum (and also the impellor on the TUCANO 570) are synchronously driven, so that the crop maintains an even flow and speed to avoid damaging the straw.
On all the new TUCANO models, the concaves are now adjusted using CEBIS and incorporate a hydraulic overload devise. The concave is hydraulically pre-tensioned and opens as the pressure increases, after which it returns automatically to the set working gap.
Having passed through the APS threshing system, on the TUCANO 400 and 320 models, the remaining grain is separated using either five- or six- straw walkers with the Intensive Separation System (ISS) for efficient separation. The two larger six-walker machines have three-channel sieves, which have the benefit of being stronger, provide greater separation and improved material control.
The TUCANO 570 HYBRID uses the APS threshing system in combination with a single 570mm diameter ROTO PLUS rotor. This wide diameter rotor achieves a high centrifugal force at a low rotor speed, so that maximum secondary separation can be achieved without damaging the straw.
Unlike the previous TUCANO 470 which just had six pre-set drum speeds, the drum speed on the new TUCANO 570 can be infinitely adjusted over a speed range from 480 to 920 rpm, which is set using CEBIS and is adjusted totally separately to the APS rotational speed.
This gives the operator far greater control over grain separation and straw quality, especially if the straw is to be baled. The ROTO PLUS rotor also features mechanical flap adjustment. Using a lever on the left-hand side of the combine, the first and second concaves can now be closed independently of each other.
As crop conditions change, the operator now has the option to close either the first or both the concaves, so that throughput can be better maintained. This means that in damp conditions, the large separation area can be better used to achieve improved separation of harder to remove grains, or in very dry conditions both concaves can be fully opened for maximum throughput.
Another new feature on the TUCANO 570 HYBRID is the electrically operated rotor guide plate, which is controlled using CEBIS. Depending on moisture content and the condition of the straw, this allows the operator to quickly and easily ensure that resides are fed centrally into the straw chopper. In addition, in place of the previous manual engagement system, the straw chopper is now automatically engaged electro-hydraulically when the straw plate is folded back.
Other new functions within CEBIS include automatic crop settings, with default settings for over 35 different crops. In addition, the operator can also then save their own settings for different crops or varieties, which can be called up at any time. In addition a rear-view camera can also now be integrated into CEBIS.
All the main operating and cutterbar functions are controlled using either a multifunction joystick control or the new CMOTION ground speed control lever. From the seat, the operator can also easily monitor the grain tank level and the quality of the crop through a wider, centrally positioned grain tank window. The grain tank lids are also now controlled electronically using a switch in the armrest.
All the new TUCANO models can be used with the full range of CLAAS steering systems, using either the latest S7 terminal or more advanced S10 terminal, which can also be used to monitor up to four cameras. As an option, the new GPS PILOT FLEX steering wheel is also available, controlled using the S7 terminal.