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traction or improved visibility. Automatic filling at the rear isn’t currently available but will be added later. Cabs are available in Premium or Premium Comfort specification which includes an uprated seat, and LiftCab is an option allowing the operator to raise the cab by 70cm to improve vision for work in taller crops such as maize. The demonstration proved the ease of operation including quick adjustment and set-up through the control screen. Telematics to provide remote performance monitoring will be available later. Latest wide-body 680, 780, 880 and 1180 models all feature a new cab with improved visibility. A raised roofline above the side windows is the most obvious difference, improving the view of trailers alongside.

Growing sales Approximately 320 Krone BiG X harvesters are manufactured per year to compete for a share of the

Krone harvesters are well known for their capability in maize, but the same design features which achieve accurate maize chopping length provide the same benefits in grass, stresses the company. Its short-term target is to achieve 20 per cent total market penetration.

3,000-unit world market. Biggest demand is from Germany and the USA and Krone’s target is to achieve 20 per cent market share. In the UK, the split between Krone’s wide- and narrow-bodied models is approximately 60/40 in favour of the larger machines. “OptiGrass is our strategy for achieving good quality silage,”

summarised James. “From the EasyFlow headers to the MaxFlow drums fed evenly by the six-roller intake, and VariStream allowing the operator to maximise work rates, the BiG X harvesters are designed to precisely chop forage to the required length quickly and efficiently, preserving quality for the best start possible to the clamp.” ■

Krone’s BiG X line-up Model BiG X Engine Power (hp) Eco-Power (hp)

480

530

MTU 6-cyl,12.8-litre

580

630

MTU 6-cyl,15.6-litre

680

780

880

Liebherr V8 16.16-litre

1180 Liebherr V-12 24.24-litre

490

530

585

626

687

775

898

1156

460

460

550

545

624

700

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20 / (5–31) 28 / (4–22) 36 / (3–17) 630/660mm

800/660mm

Quality mixer ... Quality mix ... Quality assured

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