TORQUE CLAAS TRACTOR CUSTOMERS
CLAAS Tractor range
NEXOS - FPT Stage III engine, 12x12/24x24 transmissions 250 F/VL 240 F/VL/VE 230 F/VL/VE 220 F/VL/VE 210 F/VL/VE
Maximum Power (hp) 112 103 92 85 75
* Min. width: F 1.45m, VL 1.26m, VE 1.00m
Maximum torque (Nm) 440 406 366 334 309
ATOS - Farmotion Stage IVi engine, 10x10/20x20/30x30 transmissions 350 340 330 240 230 220
Maximum Power (hp)
113 102 88 97 88 75
Maximum torque (Nm) 435 408 354 369 354 342
ARION 400 - DPS Stage IV engine, 16x16/24x24 transmissions, Standard / CIS / CIS+ 460 450 440 430 420 410
Maximum Power (hp)
140 130 120 110 100 90
Maximum torque (Nm) 570 550 520 480 435 405
ARION 500 - DPS Stage V engine, 24x24/CMATIC transmissions, CIS / CIS+ / CEMOS 550 530 510
Maximum Power (hp)
165 145 125
Maximum torque (Nm) 697 619 562
ARION 600 - DPS Stage V engine, 24x24/CMATIC transmissions, CIS / CIS+ / CEMOS 660 650 630 610
Maximum Power (hp)
185 + boost to 205 185 165 145
Maximum torque (Nm)
849 754 703 640
AXION 800 - FPT Stage V engine, 24x24/CMATIC transmissions, CIS / CIS+ / CEMOS 870 850 830 810 800
Maximum Power (hp)
280 + boost to 295 264 235 215 205
Maximum torque (Nm)
1276 1132 1016 941 896
AXION 900 - FPT Stage V engine, CMATIC transmission, CIS+ / CEMOS 960 / 960TT 950 940 930 / 930TT 920
Maximum Power (hp)
445 410 385 355 325
Maximum torque (Nm) 1860 1820 1770 1695 1600
XERION - Mercedes Benz Stage V engine, CMATIC transmission, CEMOS 5000 4500 4200
Maximum Power (hp) 530 490 462
Maximum torque (Nm) 2600 2400 2200
NEXOS NEXOS with PROACTIV front axle
ATOS Globe-trotting ATOS 240 Golf course blowing ATOS 340
ARION 400 ARION PANORAMIC in the Welsh hills Hard working ARION 420 Cornish do anything ARION 460
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ARION 600/500 Latest Stage V ARION 600/500 Reliability and service sells Easy to use S10 sophistication Power in a compact frame
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AXION 900/800 Latest Stage V AXION 900/800 Comfortable AXION 830 CMATIC AXION 870 boost efficiency in Cornwall CEMOS for Tractors aids AXION 870 productivity Impressive cost-cutting traction AXION is an operator’s tractor
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XERION Higher torque Stage V XERION XERION takes to the Nurburgring Smooth spreading XERION Power and efficiency from Scottish XERION
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Automatic mode counterbalances load changes and keeps the suspension in a central position for optimal spring travel. The NEXOS range comprises 14 tractor models with different outputs and dimensions. All models have a smooth-running FPT 4-cylinder engine which features a high torque and extremely low vibration. Engine output ranges from 75 hp to 112 hp, or up to 103 hp in the NEXOS VE which is designed for use in particularly narrow vineyard rows. In the top NEXOS 250 VL and 250 F models with CLAAS POWER MANAGEMENT (CPM), the 103 hp engine delivers a boost of up to 9 hp during PTO and transport work and achieves a maximum torque of 440 Nm.
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greater comfort for the driver. In addition to the cable feedthrough at the rear, the NEXOS has a cable feedthrough to the front as standard so that front-mounted implements with their own control systems can be operated without opening the cab window.
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Overall widths for the NEXOS range from 1.0m for the narrowest VE model, to 1.26m for the VL and 1.45m in the F model for orchard work. All the models have a narrow waist to allow a higher steering lock angle, resulting in a much smaller turning radius. The front overhang has been reduced by 88 mm and the wheelbase extended by 50 mm to make the tractors even more manoeuvrable and give maximum directional stability. An optionally available automatic fourwheel drive system with steering angle sensor, which automatically switches off the four-wheel drive function from a certain steering lock angle, for example at the headland, contributes to the outstanding manoeuvrability of the NEXOS tractors.
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Five different transmissions based around 4 gears in 3 ranges are available in the NEXOS, including UIF option of a 24 forward and reverse ‘box with mechanical splitter and REVERSHIFT clutchless reverser. The NEXOS is available with two different hydraulic outputs. A hydraulic pump with a delivery rate of 60 l/min provides an efficient supply to all hydraulic consumers. For demanding hydraulic drives and combined applications, a hydraulic system with a 60 l/min pump for the spool valves and a 27 l/min pump for the rear linkage is available. Up to four mechanical spool valves are possible and four electronic spool valves can also be installed to extend the range of spool valve capabilities, operated by two electronic rocker switches and the ELECTROPILOT four-way control lever. All the electronic valves come with flow control, and the rocker switches also have time control. The front-mounting option offers many detailed solutions for greater flexibility. Additional hydraulic connections for a spool valve and a freeflow return line directly on the front linkage are optionally available in all models. As an alternative to the conventional PTO with 1000 rpm, an economy PTO with 540 ECO rpm for front-mounted implements is also available on NEXOS tractors.
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Logan Botanic Garden is one of four gardens owned by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Originally created in the early 1900s, Logan’s sheltered location close to Stranraer benefits from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream giving it a unique climate and allowing plants to grow outside from across the southern hemisphere. The 6.0ha garden includes a 1.2ha walled garden, and there is a further 4.0ha of woodland that’s not open to the public. “This is primarily a scientific research and conservation collection and a unique living library of genetic material,” explains Garden Supervisor, Colin Belton. “Here we can grow southern hemisphere plants outside, that inEdinburgh would have to be in a glass house.” A 97hp ATOS 240 fitted with an FL60C loader has revolutionised handling work around the garden. “The ATOS replaced a 10-yearold 65hp tractor that was worn out and underpowered for what we wanted,” says Colin. “As we are part of the Scottish Government, we have to follow the procurement guidelines. We basically were looking for a medium sized tractor that’s manoeuvrable enough to work around the main and walled garden, but powerful enough for haulage work. We initially looked at three different makes, narrowed that down to two taking into consideration things like suitability, build quality and power, and then finally chose the ATOS due mainly to cost and quality, but also dealer support.” With its 1.25 tonne capacity loader, the main role for the ATOS is handling work around the yard and garden. But its extra power is put to good use powering the garden’s wood chipper. Its 40kph road speed and greater comfort is beneficial when delivering logs over a 20-mile radius or for hauling 5 tonne loads of stone for paths from Glenluce quarry 15 miles away.
“The ATOS has been fantastic” Located at 1,284ft, the views from England’s highest golf course at Kington in Herefordshire can be quite distracting for the players, as can the added hazard of sheep! Built in 1925, Kington Golf Club is a par 70, 5,900 yard links type course on Bradnor Hill, 140ha of common land owned by the National Trust with long reaching views over Herefordshire and the Welsh borders. The common is also home to 600 sheep, or as head greenkeeper Alan Crichton refers to them, his 600 ‘fairways mowers’. While this takes away the necessity for mowing the fairways, another daily task takes its place and that’s blowing off the sheep droppings with a large Trilo BL960 blower powered by a 102hp ATOS 340.
"504 Supplied by REES AGRI in 2016, the ATOS is also fitted with an FL80 loader and replaced a ’52 plate Renault Ceres that, says Alan, had done some serious work. “The Renault served us well but had a lot of hours on it and was not really big enough for the blower. Before we bought, we looked at all options. Not only did we like the ATOS but James Rees was very approachable and came up with a good package to support it, which is important. “Apart from wanting a slightly larger tractor for the blower, as we had no means of mechanically handling materials, having a loader on a
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larger tractor allows us to buy and move materials in bulk and so save a considerable amount of man handling. “The ATOS has been fantastic and the support from REES AGRI is excellent. The tractor can be out working for anything up to eight hours a day and for the 20 weeks or so that we need to blow the course, it will be doing over 50 hours a week.
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Reputation sells itself When it comes to buying a new tractor and considering changing brand, dealer reputation is a major consideration for David Williams. “We don’t have the luxury of having extra tractors to hand should there be a problem,” says David who last autumn was in the market to replace his 120hp tractor. “As the new tractor will be our only main tractor, I want to be sure that the dealer support will be there if I need it.” David is the fourth generation Williams to farm at Cefn Llech, a 300ha hill farm near Rhayader in central Wales. The farm supports a 1,000 Welsh Mountain and Brecknoch Cheviot ewes, plus 40 Limousin sucker cows, but a more recent addition is a 32,000-bird layer unit, with eggs going to Noble Foods. “With the laying unit coming into production one of the benefits is the availability of muck, but it does mean we have a lot more that needs to be moved and handled. We have about 100ha of land that can be ploughed, and we grow a rotation of grass, stubble turnips and swede, so the muck is ideal for that and will help improve the soil, and we also supply neighbours.
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“It was because of the need to handle this extra muck that I was looking for a more powerful tractor. One of the reasons I approached REES AGRI was because of the reputation locally they have for the service they supply. Reputation sells itself and it’s noticeable how many CLAAS tractors there are now within a 7 to 10 mile radius of here, and I am now starting to see them on farms where you would never think they would ever change make.
-08130'*-&$"# “I approached three different dealers, one of whom I have still not heard back from! But right from the start, James Rees was very approachable. Also, what particularly attracted me to the ARION was that even though it has the PANORAMIC cab, which is great, the ARION 460 still sits lower than our previous tractor which is important for working in older buildings.” David explains they try to do as much as possible on the farm themselves. So in addition to hauling and spreading muck with a West 1600 spreader, the 140hp ARION 460 is also used for mowing, tedding and raking before a contractor does the baling. It also undertakes general work such as fencing, and is fitted with a FL100 2190kg capacity loader to support the farm’s mini telescopic handler. “The PANORAMIC cab makes the ARION a lovely tractor to drive. We spec’ed up the tractor to what we wanted and I did stipulate wider tyres to ensure good traction and stability. “It’s ideal for our needs – on a hill farm you don’t want anything bigger. It’s a good all-round tractor and has a tight lock which is important. The gear change is extremely smooth and being able to operate both the transmission and the loader using just the (Multi Function) joystick is ideal; everything is to hand and very user friendly.”
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Hard working ARION 420
Chris Fogden with his CLAAS ARION 420
Feeding, bedding and looking after some 1200 outdoor sows as well as their offspring is a fairly rigorous task that’s hard on both men and machines. It’s a job that is difficult enough when it’s dry but when the winter weather sets in things can get even tougher, explains Suffolk pig producer Chris Fogden.
“In our work we rarely need heaps of power but need a machine that is robust enough to cope with months of being up to its axles in mud and muck. “We’ve tried other options but found that the 420 is the ideal combination of strong build quality and a light footprint. All fitted with loaders, they’re incredibly versatile, each one able to undertake any of the regular tasks on the unit.” Although the basic hardware might all be the same, specification varies between the three.
A tenant on the Euston Estate near Thetford, he’s keenly aware of the importance of having dependable machinery to keep his business running smoothly.
While all are fitted with FLEXPILOT multifunction joystick, two have the added benefit of being CIS-specification machines. While these retain mechanical spool-valves, they have a clear Apillar colour display to allow operators to set the tractor up as they wish for each particular job. More important than that, this extra spec. includes CLAAS’ SmartStop brake-to-neutral feature.
“Having strong, comfortable and, most importantly, reliable kit to do the work is critical to us,” he explains.
“The start-stop nature of the feeding job is hard on both the tractor and driver, requiring constant clutch use.
“At any one time we might have up to 3000 hungry mouths to feed so if just one machine lets us down we’re in trouble.
“Having SmartStop on our feeder tractor has made a huge difference – you just hold the machine on the brakes and the transmission automatically de-clutches. Lift off the anchors and it smoothly takes up drive once again – on to the next pen.”
“Over time we’ve fine-tuned our daily workload to be as efficient as possible. Central to this are three 100hp loader tractors which do all the day-to-day chores, backed up by a CLAAS SCORPION telehandler.” The tractors of choice are all CLAAS ARION 420s, each of different vintages but all equipped with FL100 loaders. Why ARION 420s?
Cab and controls “In the middle of winter with sub-zero temperatures and the rain coming sideways we need to make the job as pleasant as possible. A decent cab with good heating and easy to operate controls is really important in making what can be a pretty
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Fogden Farms, Euston Park near Thetford
1,200 Landrace x Large White sows producing ca. 30,000 weaners a year
Chris Fogden plus 4 fulltimers and 1 part-timer
3x CLAAS ARION 420s with FL100 loaders
CLAAS SCORPION 736
grueling job bearable.
“We like the simplicity of the mechanical spool-valves and the convenience of having all the key transmission and linkage controls on the armrest mounted loader joystick. It’s particularly responsive and we really appreciate having the facility to double up the hydraulic pumps to boost oil-flow when needed.
“Up until ten years ago we ran a different breed of loader tractor but weren’t getting the back-up we needed. So we made the switch to CLAAS tractors because we knew the level of service we’d get from MANNS would be second-to-none.
“One of the most useful features is the engine speed preset. Because our feeder trailer requires an exact flow of oil to accurately meter out grub, it’s critical we always use the same engine revs that it was calibrated at. Being able to simply hit a button each time means there’s no risk of getting it wrong.” Have the ARION 420s been reliable? “We’re generally changing tractors out before they hit the 5000hour point to and we’ve hardly had any issues with the six that we’ve had. “That’s pretty impressive given the nature of the work they do. They go for months on end plastered in muck so they probably don’t see the grease gun as often as they should. “But despite not having the most rigorous maintenance schedule they prove reliable time-after-time. They’re tough little machines really. “We do opt for the MAXICARE service and warranty package because it provides us with one way of fixing our costs. I spend my life trying to manage risk, whether its pool-buying feed, fixing contract weaner prices or servicing machines – that way I can accurately budget to ensure we make some margin at the end of the year.”
“Their mechanics are always really clued up and are out to us as quick as a flash. Of course being so close to CLAAS HQ helps we never have any wait for parts. “We’ve now had six CLAAS loader tractors and they’ve just got better and better. I knew a few people running them previously and no-one had a bad word to say about them but until you try something on your own farm it’s always a bit of an unknown. “Opting for CLAAS tractors was definitely a good move. Of course there are always things you’d change but we’ve seen these ARIONS evolve hugely over the last decade – it’s been a case of continuous improvement on CLAAS’ part. Would you have another ARION? “Given how the six we’ve had a have performed and the continuing improvements CLAAS has made, almost certainly. “Of course it depends on the deal on the day but these ARIONs represent really good value for money and seem to hold their value well so we get a good trade-in price. On top of that CLAAS tends to offer some really good finance deals to make it affordable. “But ultimately the decision always comes down the back-up – MANNS are just fantastic on that front.”
‘Do everything’ ARION 460 “The ARION 610 was the main tractor on the farm and we also had a second loader tractor, so by buying the ARION 460 my aim was to trade in both and have just one smaller, but more powerful tractor that could do everything. “The ARION 460 is fantastic. It’s compact for getting around the yard and for loader work, but it’s easy to drop the loader off and it has plenty of power for field work. You certainly know the power is there as its really lively and responsive. “For loader work the PANORAMIC cab is fantastic, but it also makes the cab seem far more spacious. And I really like having all the loader and tractor operating controls on the multifunction joystick. That is definitely one of the tractor’s best features and it makes it very easy to set-up and use the transmission and hydraulics.”
An ARION 460 PANORAMIC is the latest in a long line of tractors and machinery that Kevin Heywood’s family has bought from HAMBLYS, going back to his grandfather and the days when he used to buy a new David Brown tractor off them most years. The number of machines and implements with HAMBLYS stickers on, bears witness to the excellent relationship Kevin has with his local CLAAS dealer HAMBLYS. “HAMBLYS have always been good and there when we have needed them,” says Kevin. “It’s a long established relationship and its one that’s based on the service they provide, which is invaluable.” The 122ha farm is mainly down to grass to support a flock of sheep, but Kevin also grows 12ha of winter barley, with the aim that he does as much as possible in-house. So aside from general livestock work, the ARION is also used for arable work such as ploughing, power harrowing, drilling and spraying, supported by a second 1976 David Brown tractor and loader. The 140hp ARION 460 with its FL80 loader arrived in June 2018 to replace a 115hp 6-cylinder ARION 610C which had been the first CLAAS tractor to be bought. “After my father retired, as I was going to be running the farm by myself I decided to get rid of the cattle and just concentrate on sheep.
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Greater functionality for ARION tractors
For 2020, all ARION 600/500 tractors will be powered by the latest Tier V compliant engines. Power outputs remain the same as currently, but the torque curve at lower revs has increased by between +6% and +14%, giving more low down torque. Externally, the 6-cylinder ARION 600 now shares the same smaller SCR catalyst mounted on the front right hand ‘A’ pillar as the 4-cylinder ARION 500, so improving visibility. As standard ISOBUS UT is now integrated within CEBIS, so allowing the CEBIS touch screen to be used as a universal terminal. A terminal such as the CLAAS S10 will still be needed for more advanced ISOBUS functions, such as TC Geo (mapping and variable applications) and TC SC (section control). In addition, front and rear ISOBUS sockets are optionally available. Other updates include the ability to view camera’s through the CEBIS screen, and these automatically activate when reversing. An engine speed memo button can also be linked to an external PTO button through CEBIS. All models now have an air connection at the top of the left hand steps, making it easy to connect an airline for cleaning down or inflating tyres. The poles on the battery have also been redesigned and extended so that it’s easier to connect jump leads or power leads for fuel pumps.
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ARION 530 and ARION 620
“The simple reason we swapped was for the service.” The Weavers have an ARION 530 for feeding, power harrowing and sharing the ploughing and drilling. Their ARION 620 does all the main groundwork on the farm. Mark Weaver farms at Burleydam, Shropshire alongside his wife Sue and youngest daughter Rachel. The farm is a beef, arable and heifer rearing enterprise which sits on 100ha and has over 300 cattle. The farm grows wheat, barley, oilseed rape, grass, beans and maize. “We have been dealing with MORRIS CORFIELD for 14 years. When the farm changed from a dairy farm to a beef and arable farm, we decided to buy our own combine, which is predominantly driven by Rachel,” explains Mark. “We had never dealt with MORRIS CORFIELD until I saw their second-hand list and saw the machine I wanted and went for it. MORRIS CORFIELD serviced the combine from that point on and that’s what started our relationship with them.” When it came to trying a CLAAS tractor there was only one choice for Mark. “It was all due to the service on the combine that we considered buying a tractor from MORRIS CORFIELD in the first place,” says Mark.
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“We have a Case tractor, we were always Case before the CLAAS tractors. We were so impressed and still to this day cannot fault MORRIS CORFIELD, hence the loyalty to them. “Recently MORRIS CORFIELD managed to get us back up and running within 30 minutes of the technician receiving our phone call. That’s the sort of back up you need and that’s what farmers expect these days. You just can’t get service like that anywhere else.”
"'".*-:#64*/&44 Mark has a new ARION 530 which Sue and Rachel also drive. They use this for feeding, loading bales, power harrowing and it also shares the ploughing and drilling. They are particularly impressed with the reduced maintenance of the new front axle design. The ARION 620 does all the main groundwork on the farm. “I know that my tractors are reliable and the MORRIS CORFIELD service is too. The tractors are just great because they are very straightforward and easy to operate,” says Mark. “When the tractor was delivered, CLAAS UK went through everything to make sure that we could change things to suit our business. CLAAS showed us a lot of new features.” Rachel is already looking to the future and knows what technology will benefit the farm. “In the future, I would like to purchase a new combine. The navigation would be a huge benefit for us. We would love to get involved in that area,” says Rachel.
ARION 650 CIS+
Easy to use S10 sophistication
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Changing back to an ARION 650 CIS+ and a 24m mounted sprayer from a dedicated self-propelled sprayer is not a decision Richard Evett regrets. Simplicity, comfort, the S10 terminal and overall reliability, together with the service and support he receives from supplying dealer RIVERLEA all combine to provide the ideal package for his spraying needs. Based in Carmarthenshire, as its name suggests Richard’s company Wenallt Spraying specialises in the application of herbicides and pesticides, working in both the agricultural and amenity sectors. The majority of his agricultural work is on dairy and beef farms in the Carmarthen area, but he does also do some arable spraying in Pembrokeshire. Prior to buying the 185hp ARION 650 this Spring, which is coupled to an Amazone 24m sprayer with an additional front tank, Richard ran a self-propelled sprayer. While on paper it seemed ideal, in reality it had its drawbacks, not least when working on steep ground and reliability also proved an issue. Having bought a 135hp ARION 540 last year, which is primarily used for weed-wiping and smaller spraying jobs in more restricted areas with a 12m sprayer, Richard started talking to Carwyn Evans about alternative options and in particular the ARION 650 CIS+ which they had in stock. “The ARION 650 is a popular tractor in this area. Going back to a tractor made a lot of sense. From the operator’s point-of-view the ARION is so comfortable and the high road speed makes it very easy to get around,” says Richard.
As part of its specification, which includes electric spools, the ARION is also fitted with the latest ISOBUS S10 terminal, with variable-rate (TC GEO) and section control (TC SC) capability, headland AUTO TURN and GPS steering using a SATCOR 15 signal. “To an extent the self-propelled had too much technology on it, which was troublesome, so I was initially wary of the S10, but it’s great. It’s sophisticated but so easy to use and I like the fact it’s not a tablet type interface. Also I hate cables in the cab, so having just the one loom cable up into the cab roof is ideal. “It’s easy to save your A/B lines and other data, and I like the fact you don’t have to set-up a new field file every time. I love the auto headland turning function, it’s great and spot-on. The various ISOBUS options give me options for when I replace the sprayer and I am also looking at adding a camera to it. I am now seriously considering getting another for the ARION 540. “Just as importantly the service I get from RIVERLEA is spot-on. Back-up is an important part of the package and with my previous tractors I didn’t feel looked after, but it’s something the team at Whitland do very well. Carwyn and Paul Rogers on the sales side and Jamie Evans on service are great and if ever I have had a problem they have been straight out to sort it.”
ARION 660 CMATIC
Power in a compact frame
Josh Phillips | (#1IJMMJQT4PO | Haverfordwest "VUVNO
GB Phillips & Son had a good look at other options on the market, before Seplacing their 7,000 hour ARION 640 with a ARION 660 CMATIC. “Out of the tractors we looked at and had on demo, one was ruled out very quickly as we just didn’t like it, so it just came down to the ARION and one other,” explains Josh Phillips. “What finally swung it in the ARION’s favour is the fact that it has plenty of power, but in a compact frame, so it’s very manoeuvrable. It’s also very comfortable to operate, the cab specification is right, the suspension’s very good and visibility excellent. It’s got it all and is very good on the road, and the back-up and support from RIVERLEA is brilliant. It’s done all we want of it and is well on top of the job.”
the road. Having the cruise control is great, just to set the speed and leave the tractor to look after itself.
With its 185hp engine, which has a power boost to 205hp for PTO and transport work, the new ARION 660 has the latest CMATIC CVT transmission, the new PROACTIV front axle suspension. The Phillips’ also opted for the CEBIS specification level with the new 12inch colour touch screen terminal.
“The new touch screen for CEBIS also makes life so quick and easy. At the touch of the screen everything you need can be set from there, making operating the tractor relaxing and allows you to just get on with the job.”
Based near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire the ARION 660, which has clocked up over 2,700 hours already in its first year, is used for a wide range of jobs, from mowing, tanker work and fertiliser spreading, through to more specialist work such as bedforming for potatoes and harvesting daffodils. “Once you find out what the CMATIC transmission can do, it’s really good and great that it just keeps pulling through without needing to stop and change ranges,” says Josh. “Most of the time in the field I will use it in the ‘stick’ mode and only leave it in automatic when on
"--5)&'6/$5*0/4*/5)&3*()51-"$&4 “I really like the CMOTION control and how everything you need is right there at your fingertips. All the functions are in just the right place and it makes it easy to set up the tractor how you want. Everything I need – mowers, trailing shoe, even trailer tipping are all set-up on ‘F’ keys.
On the advice of RIVERLEA the new ARION was supplied with the latest S10 ISOBUS terminal, giving them full RTK accuracy. “For jobs such as bedforming you have to be spot-on and it allows us to also match up exactly with the customer’s settings. By setting up a field to avoid short work, for instance when mowing, it means that we can make full use of the tractor and implement. With the trailing shoe we can also leave an exact gap with no overlaps, leaving a professional finish to the job. Also being an ISOBUS terminal both the main tractors are ready to go to that next stage, as our baler and spreader are next up for changing.”
STAGE V AXION
Stage V AXION
The AXION 900 and 800 range tractors are the latest in the CLAAS Tractor product range to make the move to a Stage V compliant engine. At the same time, a number of other specification upgrades have been made.
"9*0/ Under the bonnet, the 5-model AXION 900 range continue to be powered by FPT Cursor 9 engines developing between 325 and 445hp at a fuel-saving 1,800rpm, while peak torque of 1,600 to 1,860Nm is available at just 1,400rpm. A new feature on the AXION 900 is the option of CEMOS, which enables the operator to call-up advice on ballasting, engine settings and implement settings. CEMOS can also be used to provide suggested settings for the new CTIC tyre pressure control system that’s now an option on the AXION 900. As standard, the AXION 900 comes with a 150 l/min hydraulic system, but a 220 l/min system is also an option, supplemented by a load sensing booster, which in Power Beyond mode ensures even faster and more precise response.
"9*0/ While engine outputs, ranging from 205hp to 295hp for the 5 models in the AXION 800 range remain the same, there has been a slight increase in the torque curve, giving them more low end pulling power. As with the AXION 900, the new CEBIS touchscreen terminal with integrated ISOBUS UT is standard. This also includes a USB socket for data import/export and the ability to link the terminal to external cameras. In addition to the standard 110 l/min hydraulic system with a 150 l/ min option, there is also now a further option of a 205 l/min system. An engine speed memo button can also be linked to the external PTO button using CEBIS and the PTO system now features an upgraded 7-plate PTO clutch for greater durability.
*40#64$5*$7"3*"#-&5:3&*/'-"5*0/ Latest updates to the CTIC and CTIC 2800 tyre inflation systems include ISOBUS compatibility, so that in addition to the CEBIS touchscreen terminal, the system to be controlled using any ISOBUS universal terminal, such as the CLAAS S10 or new CEMIS 700. CTIC tyre inflation systems are now available ex works for the AXION 900 Stage V tractors while the new generation CTIC and CTIC 2800 can be retrofitted to the ARION 600/500 and AXION 900/800 regardless of the year of manufacture. CTIC is a variable tyre pressure system using the tractor’s air compressor. CTIC 2800 is a more powerful system using its own compressor with an airflow rate of 2,800 l/min. This is more than enough to raise the pressure in a 600/70 R28 or 710/70 R38 tyre from 0.8 to 1.8 bar in just 1 minute and 20 seconds.
AXION 830 CMATIC
“The AXION 830 is so comfortable.”
Rob Pugh | IBBOEDBUUMF | Shropshire 4QSJOH
A good road tractor was the requirement for Rob Pugh when he was thinking of changing his CLAAS tractor. Rob Pugh’s family have been farming in Bridgnorth for more than 70 years and Rob is the third generation of the family to continue the business. “It is a family run business and I am the third generation to be involved in the farm,” explains Rob. “The family bought the second part of our farm just after World War II and recently it has been handed over to me. We are a mixed arable farm, farming about 243 hectares and currently with approximately 250 cattle.”
-0:"-%&"-&33&-"5*0/4)*1 The Pugh family’s relationship with MORRIS CORFIELD and CLAAS dates back to the 1960s. “We have dealt with MORRIS CORFIELD for many years,” comments Rob. “We used to have a Steyr tractor and in 2006 it broke down, so I went into MORRIS CORFIELD and ended up getting a demonstration of an ARES 836. I was really pleased with how it went; it was spacious and all in all a very good tractor. The tractor came with full GPS and autosteer which was quite new back then. “I kept that tractor for a few years and changed it for an AXION 840 CEBIS, it had all the screens. That was quite a big jump in the technology for us with all the electrics, we got on well with it. I ended
up putting about 8,000 hours on it, it was a good reliable tractor. “I then swapped the AXION 840 for the AXION 830. It does exactly what I want it to do. Mostly in the summer the AXION 830 sits with a 14-ton trailer attached and picks up from the COMBINE and it does the cultivation in spring and autumn. In winter we use the tractor for animal feed deliveries. I wanted the CMATIC on the tractor because I do a lot of road work. I quite like the computer systems, the ease of use and the fact you can program everything into it. I think that it is logically laid out and works for me.”
$-""4$0.'035 “Back up is one of the main reasons I deal with MORRIS CORFIELD,” says Rob. “I know with MORRIS CORFIELD that if there ever was a problem with any of the machines all I have to do is pick up the phone. There will be someone on the end to sort out the problem or a replacement tractor for me to carry on. The backup is second to none!” Before purchasing the AXION 830, Rob tried a competitor for comparison. “We tried another brand,” admits Rob. “It was a bigger machine and it would have been similar price and slightly newer, I still went with the CLAAS because of the backup and the comfort. Going down the road it is like being in your truck, the AXION 830 is so comfortable. Some of my customers are an hour away, so a 2-hour round trip means the machine has to be comfortable.”
by Mick Roberts
AXION 870 boosts efficiency for top Cornish grower Agricola Growers | IB | Cornwall 4QSJOH
photo by Rowan Kitto With 295hp under the bonnet and its CVT transmission an AXION 870 is helping to improve establishment efficiency on a Cornish farm.
An opportunity to take on more land prompted a Cornish farm and vegetable processor to make a step change in its approach to autumn establishment. Now one operator is responsible for cultivating 900ha for Agricola Growers with a new 295hp CLAAS AXION 870 and a 5.0m wide cultivator. Agricola Growers was founded in 2004 by Jeremy and Sarah Oatey. Today it farms a total of about 1,500ha at Antony, near Torpoint, with cropping including cereals, daffodil flowers and bulbs as well as potatoes and onions. All the vegetables go to its own HF Produce business, which supplies washed and peeled produce to local firm, Ginsters, to make Cornish Pasties.
“When we took on 200ha of extra land we realised we needed to make a change,” explains Jeremy Oatey. “We were already on the edge of efficiency and needed a new system to take over from a 3.0m wide Sumo, which was too slow. With the AXION 870 powering a 5.0m wide Lemken Karat cultivator we now have a one operator/ tractor system. This also frees up labour and equipment in the autumn, when we are also busy on potatoes.” Since arriving in October 2017, the tractor has already clocked up 2,250hrs, with the cultivator and a six-furrow mounted plough. “We did look very carefully at buying the new AXION because we did have some ‘issues’ with some previous models,” says Jeremy. “But CLAAS and the dealer HAMBLYS, dealt with these very well. This experience, along with a good deal and warranty, gave us confidence to buy another.” Operator, Lewis Kitto, is delighted with the tractor’s performance, comfort and controls. “I’m now cultivating twice the area I was before with the Sumo,” he says. “With wide equipment you can’t afford not to use auto-steering, which is operated via the optional large screen, S10 ISOBUS terminal. This provides an accuracy down to 2.0cm using RTK NET that replaced the original EGNOS GPS system, which we found had problems receiving the signal in some areas.”
The tractor is also equipped with TELEMATICS and Agricola Growers has given permission to HAMBLYS to use this to monitor the tractor. This, adds Jeremy Oatey, allows the dealer to spot any potential problems and should help prevent break-downs.
it’s not using any more fuel than the previous set-up. We have noticed it does use more AdBlue than expected, which is probably because it is almost always working hard. But it’s not actually a big cost,” he adds.
“It’s also a good security measure,” states Andrew Finnamore, production manager. “I get an email the moment the tractor moves. I can also receive emails about the tractor performance – when its moving, fuel consumption, area worked etc.”
Up in the four-post cab Lewis appreciates the comfort offered by not only the suspension, but also the ventilated premium air-ride seat. “It’s a large and comfortable cab and I’ve found all the controls are easy to reach and set. It helps the joystick is the same as the one on our CLAAS LEXION 750 TT combine.
'&"563&4"/%#&/&'*54 The AXION 870 is equipped with the CLAAS CMATIC CVT transmission as standard and Lewis says this is easy to use and set-up and, he feels, responds more smoothly than other CVTs he has used.
“While we do make variable rate applications of seed as well as P and K with other tractors, the S10 terminal on the AXION 870 is mainly used to run the auto-steering. I do map the boundaries and fields and, although it’s ISOBUS compatible, the equipment I use doesn’t require that,” he adds.
Lewis says he mainly uses the multi-function lever, but there’s also an option of an accelerator pedal – with both automatically adjusting the engine speed and transmission ratio. As well as the ability to set three speed ranges in both directions of travel, there’s also a cruise control that can be selected, on-the-move, in each.
As well as cultivating with the Karat, the other main implement is a six-furrow, Lemken Jewel plough, which Lewis says the AXION has no problem handling on its 10.5t linkage capacity. Although the plough has electronic control, it’s not able to run through the ISOBUS.
With its ability to set any forward speed at any engine rpm the continuously variable transmission also helps maintain the working quality and possibly improve economy, says Andrew Finnamore.
“I am, however, able to use the tractor’s CEBIS screen to set and adjust the electronic spool valves for speeds and flow rates to make it easier to control. I also like the headland management system and use this all the time to automate the lifting and lowering sequences with the Karat, including the engaging and disengaging the fourwheel drive and diff-lock for the turn,” says Lewis.
“One of the main reasons for the change was because we wanted to increase efficiency by doing more, but without increasing running costs,” he explains. “The FPT engine provides plenty of power to work the Karat at high work rates and we feel it’s quite economical –
Jeremy Oatey, Agricola Growers managing director (centre) with operator, Lewis Kitto (left) and Andrew Finnamore, production manager.
Operator, Lewis Kitto, praises the large, suspended cab with its ventilated premium air-ride seat. He finds the CMATIC CVT transmission operates more smoothly than others.
The 10in S10 touch-screen terminal (lower left) is used mainly to run the autosteering, which the farm feels is essential to maintain efficiency with wider implements.
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traction isn’t an issue with the way the transmission delivers the power. “Of course when you think about it, it makes sense – we’re not hauling unnecessary bulk about and consequently we’re not burning unnecessary fuel. On top of that we’re not screwing the ground up and we’re elongating tyre life.” #&55&35)"/"/01&3"503 The overall feeling is that the system is better than an operator in striking the right balance between ballast, tyre pressures and transmission settings and that’s where the efficiency gains are to be had. When it comes to adjusting the amount of air in the tyres, the tractor’s own compressor can be employed but in reality a trip back to the farm workshop is generally timed with a fuel tank top-up if a serious pressure change is required. “I can really see the merit in pairing CEMOS with a proper on-board central tyre inflation system to give the opportunity to tweak pressures on the move and it’s one of the next things we’ll be looking at,” says Ollie. “CEMOS has added hugely to the capability of our tractors. At the core of it they’ve got modern engines capable of producing the power and fantastic stepless gearboxes that smoothly deliver the torque to the wheels so much better than what we’ve had before. “What CEMOS does is provide an extra level of finesse, constantly questioning my judgements and giving me a sanity check about transmission set up, ballast and tyre pressures. Ultimately that results in us covering the ground faster using less fuel.”
Impressive, cost cutting traction A reduction in horsepower to a 445hp AXION 960 CEBIS has given Stody Estate the capability of handling all the heavy cultivations previously completed using a far more specialist powerful tractor, but with flexibility to do other jobs and so spread tractor costs over more hours. Farming with the environment while pushing their soils hard is central to the ethos of the 1700ha north Norfolk estate, where up to 14 crops are grown over a 12 year rotation on its light, sandy soils, which are highly reliant on irrigation. “We have a large area of stewardship, and we do work the soils hard but are very mindful of managing grass weed risk, with the result that we have very little blackgrass,” explains farm manager Mike Wilton. “Having root crops means that we are often having to work soils in less than ideal conditions, so we are at the higher end of the horsepower scale for a lot of tasks.” The arrival of the AXION 960 CEBIS last July marked a considerable change for the farm as it replaced a more specialist equal wheeled articulated tractor, which was around 100hp more powerful and 6 tonnes heavier. However, despite this reduction in power and weight, the AXION has proved more than capable of handling all the same cultivation equipment, including a 5.5m He-Va Combi-Disc, a 5.0m Vaderstad TopDown, a 7-leg He-Va subsoiler and 7-furrow Lemken plough. ”The catalyst for the change was that our previous tractor had a breakdown and Simon Bloomfield at MANNS lent us the AXION, which was his demo tractor. We couldn’t believe how well it gripped. Adam Godwin the operator also liked it and it ticked a lot of boxes. From there it was down to price and service support,” explains Mike. “In the past we tended to use deep cultivations because the tractor gave us the horsepower to do it, rather than because we had to. But the tractor was only any good for cultivations and so spent
a lot of the year parked-up. With the AXION I want to move to a system where cultivations will be chosen appropriate to the soil and conditions. By going back to a rigid tractor, the AXION is a compact workhorse that has the weight distribution and high traction that enables it to pull all the same equipment, albeit that with the CombiDisc it is at its limit, but it has the flexibility that allows it to be used for other jobs such as hauling grain or sugar beet.” This flexibility is evident in the fact that compared to their previous tractor which did around 7-800 hours a year, the AXION in its first year has already clocked up 1,200 hours. Not only does this reduce its running cost but, states Mike, are extra hours that would otherwise have had to go on another tractor. So pleased has he been with the performance from the AXION 960, that he has now added a AXION 870 as a second string tractor. The policy is that tractors are paired, so supporting the AXION 960 is another 370hp tractor, while the 280hp AXION 870 supports an older 290hp tractor for secondary cultivations and corn carting, with another pair of 175hp tractors below these. For operator Adam Godwin, while the arrival of the AXION 960 marked quite a change, he has also been very impressed with its performance and pulling power and having technology such as the S10 with RTK gps and CEBIS touchscreen terminal makes it very easy to set-up and use. “The AXION is a far more refined tractor and overall I have been very impressed with it – it has far exceeded my expectations. The CEBIS is so intuitive and easy to use. Every button does what it should. So it’s very simple to change the engine settings, for instance from max power for the Combi-Disc to a more economic setting for the TopDown or ploughing. Likewise the S10 makes it so easy to save your settings and A/B lines. It works very, very well. “Also the LED lighting package is phenomenal and it’s such a comfortable tractor. As a rule I hate leather seats – but the ventilated leather seat in the AXION is brilliant; I love it!” “The AXION is a good product that’s well priced, and the support MANNS provide is faultless. Also the relationship the service team have with Adam is important as it helps him to get the best out of the tractor,” concludes Mike.
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“The new S10 terminal is very simple to use and makes it easy to set-up fields and A-B lines. I do a lot of umbilical spreading working at 18 to 24 metres, but the GPS steering is brilliant for jobs like that and ensures there are no overlaps. Not only does it save the farmer money, but by having all the passes dead straight and perfectly matched, it really makes the job look professional. Combined with TELEMATICS, it also means that every time you go into the field in the future, all the information you need and the A-B lines are there ready for you. “ISOBUS also makes it so easy to set-up machinery such as the forage wagon or our 4-rotor LINER rake. It saves a lot of clutter in the cab and having umpteen control screens. You just plug it in and away you go. “Overall I have been very impressed with the AXION. It’s an operator’s tractor. The visibility is excellent and the whole of the cab layout is good. It’s obviously designed for the operator who is going to be sat in it.”
Higher torque for powerful XERION
Together with a move to Tier V engines, the XERION ranges sees the addition of a new model and adoption of the CEBIS touch screen terminal. The new 462hp XERION 4200 replaces the 435hp XERION 4000 and as previously is available in fixed cab TRAC, rotating cab TRAC VC and front cab SADDLE TRAC variants. Power outputs for the more powerful 490hp XERION 4500 and 530hp XERION 5000 remain the same, but peak torque increases to 2200Nm for the XERION 4200, rising to 2400Nm and 2600Nm for the XERION 4500 and XERION 5000 respectively. Engine idling speed is reduced to 730rpm from 800rpm, reducing both noise and fuel consumption when idling. The service interval has also now been increased from 500 hours up to 1000 hours.
$&#*4506$)4$3&&/ In the cab, there is now the option of a new premium heated and ventilated leather seat. Alongside this, the new armrest includes the latest CEBIS touch screen terminal giving direct access to many functions, such as the engine, PTO, spool valve or steering settings. All the CEBIS functions can also be adjusted using the rotary/push switch and ESC button on the armrest. Up to three menu levels can be displayed alongside each other and in open windows, settings can be altered by means of either of a dial or a +/- slider. Up to 20 different implements can be saved and directly accessed within CEBIS, which also includes a total of 10 different ‘F’ function buttons, which can be freely configured. A number of cameras can be linked into the CEBIS screen that can be set to automatically appear on the screen when reverse is engaged.
XERION takes on the Nürburgring
The world famous Nordscleife section of the Nürburgring race track in Germany has seen many strange and impressive sights over the years, but none more so in August than the sight of a 530hp XERION 5000 TRAC VC powering its way round – in reverse! Built in the 1920s, the Nordscleife is more used to racing super cars taking on the 12.8 miles of the ‘Green Hell’ with its 73 corners, including the infamous ‘Carousel’. Needless to say, the course record for a racing car of 5:19:546 set by a Le Mans Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo in 2018, or 6:44:97 for a road legal Lamborghini Aventador, were never in danger. The challenge of taking the most powerful German-built tractor round the famous track was set by the German motoring magazine Auto Motor und Sport. And why in reverse? Because it can! After a quick driving lesson and a bit of time to get used to a vehicle where weight is measured in tonnes rather than kilos, racing driver Christian Menzel took to the track, pushing the 50kph XERION to its limits, and enjoying seeing the track from a completely different perspective, 3.0m up in the XERION cab. Exactly 26 minutes, 50 seconds and 57 tenths of a second later he crossed the finishing line having achieved a very impressive average speed of 47.85kph (29.73mph), considerably higher than was expected.
Main and middle right: A 530hp XERION 500 is not what you would normally expect to see racing around the famous Nordscleife section of the Nürburgring. Bottom right: Behind the wheel of the XERION 5000 was experienced Nürburgring Racer Christian Menzel.
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Smooth spreading XERION ‘It’s a hell of a machine’ states operator James Allison of AWSM Farming’s new XERION 4000 SADDLETRAC. From their base near Richmond in North Yorkshire, AWSM are responsible for uploading, hauling, storing and spreading around 350,000 tonnes of digestate a year from six AD plants ranging from Hull up to Gateshead.
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Supplied by CLAAS EASTERN at Sinderby, the 435hp XERION, which is fitted with a 16m3 Kaweco tank and 18m Bomech trailing shoe, replaced a 2015, 6,000-hour XERION 4000 SADDLETRAC. This was fitted with a same size tank but mainly used a 7.7m wide trailing shoe for spreading.
.03&5)"/61505)&+0# “The advantage of the XERION is that it is a one-man machine that can be used all-year round,” explains Adam Metcalfe. “I initially changed to the XERION because the old self-propelled machine was just not up to the job and I didn’t get the support, which was one of the reasons for buying the XERION as CLAAS EASTERN are excellent. “The XERION is basically a tractor with a large tank on the back, so more than up to the job. With the new XERION, it’s noticeable that due to the new mounting system for the 8,000 l/min pump, it is far better balanced than the old machine. “The drawback of the previous 7.7m shoe was that James had to travel at over 15kph to get the output. By changing to an 18m trailing shoe, this fits in well with 36m tramlines but output has increased even though forward speed is slower, which is far better for both man and machine.” Typically the XERION will apply 1000 tonnes of digestate a day. To achieve this, the company runs a fleet of lorries with D-Tech tankers, ideally offloading into 1,200m3 SFS Mesh Silo in-field above ground tanks supplied by AWSM, which then allows the XERION to be completely self-contained. The XERION was specified with an S10 terminal for auto-steering using Egnos and Glonass and is set-up for auto shut-off at the headland using the headland control function. “The auto-steering seems a lot better and more accurate than the old system, and its very easy to map an 18m boundary around fields to automatically shut off half or all the trailing shoe to avoid any over application, and then lift it at headland.”
“The new front mounting system for the pump not only makes access easier, but it is also 1.5 tonnes lighter, so the ride is far better with no rocking, and the 900-wide MITAS SFT floatation tyres hardly leave a mark,” states James Allison.
4*.1-&4&561 “Everything is just so much smoother and the hydraulic system is also far more reactive. Even though I am now typically travelling at 10kph instead of up to 20, it seems to cover the ground quicker. Cab comfort is spot on, but having touch screens for CEBIS and the S10 makes it so simple to set everything up or to call up your stored information and change it. The CMOTION control is so easy to use and being able to use it to access functions such as the headland control and CRUISE PILOT makes a big difference.”
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Power efficient XERION Hay Farms saw the enormous potential of having a XERION 5000 as their main cultivations tractor.
“In addition it also has a proper three-point linkage on both the front and rear, which is important to us as we like to mount home-made stone forks on the front of the cultivations tractors, so they can clear stones as they find them.”
The past six years have been ones of considerable change for Hay Farms which owns or contract farms under various agreements 3,360ha on 33 farms, spread over 18 miles from their base at Easter Rhynd near Perth.
One feature in the other tractor’s favour was a variable tyre pressure system. However, after discussing this with CLAAS UK, the XERION was taken to Saxham where an after-market variable pressure system was fitted which, says Finlay, has transformed the tractor. “Having the ability to travel at 1.6 bar on the road and then drop pressures in the field to 0.8 bar has made a considerable difference to traction. Even in last autumn’s conditions it was impressive where the XERION could still go. Even though we have dropped from 620hp to 530hp, on our heavy soils traction is the ultimate problem as the XERION never dies for power.”
Of this, 2,600ha is down to arable crops and until 2014 cropping also included 160ha of potatoes. “The potatoes just didn’t fit well with the rest of the arable operation, which suffered as a result,” states David Hay. “Not having potatoes gives us more time to concentrate on cereals, with the result that average yields have increased 10%, partly due to improved soil structure but also attention to detail and being able to hit timings right.”
.03&-"/%'"3.&% The change also prompted a complete tractor rethink. Due to potato work, the Hays’ tractor fleet consisted mainly of mid-range 200hp tractors whereas today, of the eight tractors in the fleet, six are over 300hp. “We now farm 20% more land than we did in 2014 with one less tractor,” comments David. Until last year, the fleet included two articulated tracked tractors, one for the farm’s 8.0m Vaderstad drill and a second 620hp machine for ploughing and cultivations, and it is this machine that has now been replaced by the wheeled 530hp XERION 5000. “The biggest issue with the tracked cultivations tractor was the wear to the running gear we were getting due to roadwork,” explains David’s son Finlay. “With block cropping the drilling tractor is fine as that will stay in one place for about three days drilling, but the cultivations tractor is always running about between blocks and it is not uncommon for it to do up to 60 miles a day. For our system it was starting to cost a lot of money, and the bulk of that from the running gear.”
108&3505)&(306/% Looking to change back to a wheeled tractor, the choice was narrowed down to the XERION and one other conventional 517hp tractor. “Both are good tractors, but the factors in favour of the XERION were the ability of the four equal sized wheels to get power to the ground, and that it could be operated in crab mode to spread the load. We never felt the other tractor fully got all its power to the ground,” states Finlay. “Also we really liked the ease with which we could add or remove weight on the rear platform with a telehandler, so we can weight it up for ploughing, but then easily remove the weight again for cultivations, which is not so easy on a conventional tractor.
$-""445&&3*/( To fully maximise tractor performance the Hays’ have been using an Agleader RTK steering system for the past 10 years. However, for the XERION they have stayed with the CLAAS steering system due to its compatibility with the XERION’s crab steering modes. “It’s very, very good and extremely clever how it compensates for crab steer. We have been really pleased with the steering system. It does what it needs to do and we don’t need to worry about it as its all integrated.” “There is a lot of technology on the XERION, but the operator Struan Wilson does make full use of it. It’s pointless having all that technology if it’s not used properly to maximise the savings that can be achieved. But it’s also very important to have the support when you need it, and CLAAS have always been very good, and arranged for someone to come and sit with Struan for a day and just show him how to use the various functions on the XERION.”
EASY & SATCOR
EASY on-board app now with Task Controller basic The latest version of the EASY onboard app that allows ISOBUS enabled machines to be operated using an iPad, now also incorporates the ISOBUS Task Controller basic (TC BAS) documentation function. The TC BAS documentation function can be used with any AEF-certified field maps. Job data is exchanged by email in ISO-XML file format, so ensuring that a scheduled job file can be easily imported into the app or a completed order exported to the Farm Management system for further processing. The TC BAS function in the EASY onboard app is AEF-certified, which means that it is compatible with any AEFcertified Farm Management software. Compatibility can be checked in the AEF ISOBUS database (www.aef-isobus-database.org). An extended range of functions is available when the EASY on-board app is linked to 365FarmNet. Data is exchanged directly via the Internet, eliminating the need to send email attachments. This makes it possible to create jobs in 365FarmNet, then access and process them in the app. Alternatively, new jobs can be created, processed and saved in the app, then viewed in 365FarmNet. This means less time is spent on documentation and it can be done straight from the machine.
563/"/*1"%*/50"/*40#645&3.*/"The EASY on-board app turns an iPad into an ISOBUS terminal (UT). All that’s needed is the tablet with the app, a mount in the cab to hold the tablet and the CLAAS Wireless Interface (CWI). The CWI wirelessly connects the iPad to ISOBUS, allowing the driver to control selected functions directly from the machine using the iPad. The ISOBUS function buttons in the tractor or on the joystick can also be configured using the ISOBUS auxiliary function (AUX-O) in the cab. A connection kit for easy ISOBUS wiring is available for older tractors.
New SATCOR correction signal CLAAS has to launched a new satellite-aided correction signal. Called SATCOR, it is available worldwide and suitable for virtually all agricultural applications from drilling to harvesting. The SATCOR correction signal is transmitted by geostationary satellites. The signal supports both GPS and GLONASS and is compatible with the European Galileo system. No additional receiver hardware is required. A CLAAS steering system with S10 supplied from April 2017 or S7 terminal supplied from October 2018 onwards is all that is needed to receive the signal. The suitability of current terminals to receive the signal can be easily assessed by checking their hardware number.
SATCOR can be obtained from your CLAAS dealer. The signal becomes available for steering correction as soon as the licence number is entered in the S10 or S7 terminal.
SATCOR has an accuracy of better than 15 cm and is suitable for grassland, cultivating, fertilising, drilling cereals, and crop protection as well as for combine and forage harvesting operations. This makes it a reliable alternative to correction signals that are freely available but sometimes usable only to a limited extent. With SATCOR an initial investment in additional hardware is not required if an S10 or S7 terminal is available. An annual licence for
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The ability to share A-B lines across all Limestone Farming Company’s main tractors helps ensure efficiency and consistency. Like many farming businesses, recent years have seen the Limestone Farming Company progress from LASER PILOT on their LEXION, to simple light bar guidance systems on the combine and tractors, to full RTK based highly accurate auto steering. Based near Caenby Corner in Lincolnshire, Limestone Farming farm 1950ha of which 1200ha is down to combinable crops. There’s 320ha of grassland for a 320 cow suckler herd and various horse enterprises. The farm also has a 0.5MW AD plant using slurry from a large pig unit, and it uses maize grown on the farm and sugar beet pulp.
"65045&&3*/( “We first started down the auto steering route five years ago as I wanted to get away from LASER PILOT and light bars,” explains manager Stuart Meeson. The first step down this route was to buy a CLAAS S7 terminal when they bought a new LEXION 770 from CLAAS Eastern in 2014. When not being used on the combine, this is swapped over for the rest of the year to their ARION 650 tractor. Three years ago a new AXION 950 was added to the fleet, which
was fitted with an S10 terminal and a further S10 was bought last year for use on a new tracked Challenger 755.
0/&5&3.*/"-'03&"4:$0..6/*$"5*0/ “By just staying with the one make of terminal across the main tractors, this means they can all share the same information and A-B lines, which works well especially where we have put in beetle banks as part of mid-TIER,” says Stuart. “With different terminals you would lose the ability for the terminals to talk to each other and we find the new S10s very easy to set-up and use. “We work to a 32m system, but rather than go down the full controlled traffic route, we just try to avoid compaction as far as possible. The farm is roughly a third limestone soils and two-thirds heavier silt. We mainly use a non-inversion system on the heavier land and just plough the lighter ‘Cliff’ land for maize and sugar beet. “As our main cultivations tractor, the big AXION is fitted with 900 Bridgestone Ultraflex tyres, mainly running at 12 psi, while the Challenger, which does the bulk of the drilling with an 8.0m Vaderstad, has 30inch tracks. The smaller ARION 650 is used with our 6,300 litre Kuhn AGT 6032 boom fertiliser spreader, but during harvest is also on the chaser bin and we also have a small Weaving drill to use behind it. “By keeping overlaps to a minimum there is a definite fuel and time saving when cultivating of around 10% and certainly ensures more efficient working.”
CLAAS S10 terminal
“Cost savings have to come from being more efficient.”
Matt Pickering likes The S10 because it is simple and easy to set-up and operate, plus its easy to transfer data between terminals.
Using the latest S10 terminal, F Pickering & Sons have been the first in the UK to use section control with their 8-row Vaderstad Tempo maize drill, resulting in considerable seed and cost savings. When the latest version was introduced in 2017, the CLAAS S10 terminal was one of the first terminals to bring together the standard ISO UT (Universal Terminal) and ISO AUX (ability to allocate actions to F functions), with functions such as TC Basic (task management), TC Geo (mapping and variable applications) and TC SC (section control), which until then had required a separate terminal. The TC SC option provides section control on up to 32 sections on a single boom, eg a sprayer, or for 50 sections on implements with multiple booms, with control of up to five different booms possible.
Based near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, F Pickering & Sons annually drill around 720ha of maize, mainly for AD plants. When it came to changing their maize drill two years ago, a key reason for buying the Vaderstad Tempo was its ability to individually shut off each of its eight seed hoppers using TC SC. “On a half mile long field with a half drill overlap at the headland, without being able to shut off rows you can quickly lose a bag of seed,” states Matt Pickering. “On a small acreage this is not too noticeable, but on larger areas it soon mounts up. AD plant operators look very closely at their costs, so the ability to save seed and cost by using section control was attractive.” As ever with these things, during the 2017 drilling season transferring control from the drill’s iPad based control system to the S10 was not straightforward. Helped by the team from CLAAS EASTERN, however, and plenty of patience, they eventually cracked it. “For 2017 we ran both the old and the new drill. At times it was very frustrating but you could see the potential and by the end of the season, customers were just asking for the new TEMPO drill.
."44*7&4"7*/(4 “For 2018 we only ran the Tempo and the section shut-off through the S10 terminal worked a treat. It was really, really good. The ‘ins and outs’ took a bit of fine-tuning but it has been brilliant. “As a result we have seen a massive saving in seed costs for clients – at least 10%, which over a large acreage is quite significant. It also ensures greater accuracy and efficiency and our customers have been really pleased with the results. Having seen the results we have achieved with the TEMPO, our 8.0m Vaderstad drill is now up for replacement so we will be looking at using variable seed rate and section control with its replacement.” The TEMPO is run behind an AXION 830 which is one of three 830s run by the Pickerings. They also have two XERION (a 3800 and a 4000) plus a new AXION 950 and an ARION 650 and 640. All the tractors are fitted with RTK steering, using a range of terminals from two S3s on older tractors to an S7 and five S10s on the newer tractors.
64&3'3*&/%-: “The newer S10 terminals are very user friendly. We have everyone using them from 21-year-olds to my father, who originally said there was no need for steering, until he drove my tractor one day and by the next day had bought a steering system for his tractor!
“We cover a large area, ranging from Lincoln up to the Humber, but get a good strong consistent signal from the CLAAS RTK mast network. I like it that with the S10 it’s easy to save all your A-B lines and field boundaries and because we all run the same system, using a memory stick to transfer data between screens we can all run off the same A-B lines. We also have cameras linked into the screen. “We are also starting to use variable rate P & K running the mapping through the S10 terminals. The latest terminals also all have AUTOTURN, which is great when cultivating or drilling. Being able to set it to miss every other breed means you are not turning so tightly on the headland. Again it all comes back to accuracy and efficiency.
5&-&."5*$4 “We also have TELEMATICS on our two LEXION 770 combines and the newer tractors. Apart from being able to see where machines are in real time and check that they are all right, it’s handy to be able to see things like fuel and AdBlue levels. The automatic field recognition and documentation transfer facility makes record keeping so easy. The ability to automatically import information into Gatekeeper is excellent. “As contractors we have to embrace technology and we have to keep ahead - we want to be the first in, not the last. Machinery has to be run efficiently to be cost effective. Everything is considered, but our operating costs are fairly set so any cost savings have to come from being more efficient.”
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Hedgecutting using RTK Hedgecutting may not immediately spring to mind when you think about RTK, but its ideal for the job. Contractor Carl Eggleston explains that for a job that requires you to ideally look in two directions at the same time, using RTK is both safer and far less stressful. Setting an A/B line leaves the tractor to follow that line, allowing Carl to concentrate on the mower head or on approaching traffic when on roadwork. Another big advantage in this autumn’s wet conditions is adding an offset for each pass. This avoids running in the same wheelmark, preventing soil damage and rutting. “It’s probably the last job that the designers thought the S10 terminal would be used for,” concedes Carl. “But in fact it’s fantastic and so much easier being able to leave the tractor to look after itself. On grassland, because the left hand wheel which carries all the weight is not following the same wheeling on each pass, farmers have been very surprised by how little damage there is, despite the wet ground, and I have actually picked up additional work because of that.
,&&1*/(*/-*/& “However, on arable where the ground has been cultivated, I set it to exactly follow the same wheeling for each pass, so then it’s easy for the farmer to go back through and pull the wheeling out. Also this autumn, I was doing clearing work for HS2 where for some reason I was not allowed closer than 2.0 metres to the hedge line, which was easy to do having set an A/B line. Likewise, I did some motorway verge mowing last year so again it ensured I stayed safely in the coned-off hard shoulder.” While all four of A&S Eggleston’s tractors are fitted with steering systems, Carl’s AXION 820 CEBIS which was supplied by CLAAS Eastern, is the only one with RTK, using a signal from the EE mobile network. The rest, including an AXION 800 CIS, all use Egnos. In addition to spending around six months and nearly 1,000 machine hours hedge cutting using an 8.0m reach Shelbourne Reynolds 875, Carl also uses the AXION 820 for cultivations, drilling, umbilical spreading with a 24m dribble bar, mowing and loading bales.
35,"%7"/5"(&4 “I am a great believer in the use of technology and the benefits this brings. Having the S10 terminal I now try and use it for every job I can. What I like about the S10 is that it’s so easy to set-up, use and save jobs. It’s also very simple to save favourite settings for things like drop markers, A/B lines, path adjust, borders or A/B Contour. “The benefits are numerous. One of the first jobs I used the S10 for was power harrowing where because there were no overlaps, I could travel 1kph slower, so do a better job, use less fuel but still finish quicker than before. Also I like the repeatability of RTK for jobs
"4&HHMFTUPO | $POUSBDUPST | /PUUJOHIBN "VUVNO such as drilling, where I can follow exactly the same wheelings when rolling afterwards. “But also as a contractor, by using RTK it means the work you do looks professional, that you care and that you take a pride in the work you are doing for your customers. Customers respect that and our drivers also appreciate that we are providing them with the technology to make their job easier and enable them to be professional.”
&"4:BDDVSBDZ Whether it’s for livestock or machinery, the latest electronic data recording and management technology has a lot to offer in terms of improving efficiency, believes James Biggar. “We are prepared to invest and make full use of technology across the whole business, partly because of the benefit it provides the business, but also to make life easier and less stressful for those who work in the business,” explains James. Chapleton Farm near Castle Douglas is home to the Biggars’ well known pedigree Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn herds, which run alongside a further 240 commercial cross cattle, bred using their own genetics. Although mainly grassland, the Biggars do also grow 52ha of cereals for their own use. They have run CLAAS tractors for a number of years, the latest being an ARION 660 CMATIC with touchscreen CEBIS, which has a maximum boosted power output of 205hp. The tractor has full auto steering, using CLAAS’ new SATCOR correction signal controlled through the latest S10 terminal with full ISOBUS compatibility. During the winter the ARION is used to haul the farm’s 20m3 Trioliet mixer, but come spring and summer it does a wide range of jobs from slurry and fertiliser spreading, to ploughing or mowing with front and rear mowers. “Having full auto steering on the tractor allows us to apply products far more accurately, which is not only environmentally beneficial, but also saves money. It’s very easy to set-up and store the A-B lines. Since the arrival of the ARION 660 we have changed our fertiliser spreader for a new Kverneland Geospread, which we run using ISOBUS through the S10 terminal for both variable rate application, but also for section control and shut-off at the headland using the ISOBUS TC SC function on the terminal,” explains James.
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Unlike the ARION 640 that it replaced, which had a 24x24 HEXASHIFT transmission, the new ARION has been specified with the CMATIC CVT transmission. “Collin Dodds, who mainly uses the ARION, had never used a CVT before but now really likes it. The ARION spends a lot of time on the road, so it’s ideal for that, but also with the diet feeder because the feed out is far more consistent.” “He really likes the CMOTION control and the fact that everything is at his fingertips. The new touchscreen CEBIS screen is also very user friendly and intuitive to use. It’s very easy to alter things like the hydraulic flow or engine settings, which is important, because if it’s not easy then the functions won’t be used, so is a complete waste of money. Collin certainly finds it far more relaxing to use, especially for jobs such as slurry injecting.” We obviously look at other makes, but the support is second to none and we have an excellent working relationship with the whole team there. With often around 1,000 cattle to feed we don’t need to worry, because we know we have their support. We are not in the habit of changing tractors regularly and tend to run them to about 8,000 hours, but the new ARION has full warranty and service, so we know it’s covered and what our costs will be.”