Exhibiting its new forage equipment as well as offering professional advice on how to produce cost-effective quality forage is the main focus for Krone UK at Grassland 2017.
As an industry leader in forage and hay harvesting equipment, Krone UK prides itself in manufacturing innovative machinery to ensure production of the best possible forage, backed up by dedicated support and service personel.
Grassland 2017 sees the BiG X 700/770 models now powered by a Liebherr V8 engines, plus a new range of RX forage wagon and Swadro rake raise the bar in terms of quality and innovation.
Built using hard-wearing components, the Liebherr V8 engine has twice as long service interval as its predecessor with engine oil and filters only being changed after 1,000 working hours. It features high torque even at low engine speeds with plenty left in reserve for operating in variable crop conditions.
PowerSplit and ConstantPower features on the BiG X remain, with PowerSplit automatically adapting engine output to harvest conditions. ConstantPower senses the current load and controls ground speed ensuring the engine always operates within optimum torque and output ranges.
Krone UK also brings the new RX 360 GL/GD (vertical headboard, short tailgate), RX 400 GL/GD (pivoting headboard, short tailgate) and RX 430 GL forage wagon (pivoting headboard, long tailgate for large volumes of crop), which replace the ZX 400 GL/GD and ZX 450 GL models with.
All RX models have identical frames and share the 2015mm EasyFlow pick-up and 8-row rotor cutter. New RX models feature double tines arranged in a patented “W” pattern, which guarantees a consistent crop flow across thefullworking width of the machine.
The 8-row and 880mm diameter rotor cutter is powered by an oil-immersed gearbox on its end and feeds the crop at a width of 1,760mm. The 46 knife cutting system cuts crop to nominal 37mm chops, which is set from a central control. The knife bank swings out to the side for convenient and ergonomic knife changes.
The RX features solid steel body and sloping floor. Narrowly spaced stanchions provide stability while galvanized and powder-coated trapezoidal sheet plates ensure maximum longevity. The slotted headboard provides an excellent view of the load area.
Unique to the RX 400 GL/GD and RX 430 GL models is a movable headboard which tilts to increase capacity by about 4m3 and assists in unloading the wagon more efficiently. The new RX models are available in caster-steer or force-steer configuration. Force-steered wheels will counter steer when the machine is drifting on the slope. They also steer during reversing.
Krone’s rake line up at Grassland 2017 is the entry level model that rakes 5.7m to 6.4m into 1m to 1.7m swaths whereas the higher capacity Swadro TC 930 model also on show, offers working widths of 8.1m to 9.3m.
Robustly built the cardanic rotor suspension system and the Krone Lift Tines with curved ends allow the vertical tines to lift the crop as it is being raked, hence minimizing crop contamination, whilst allowing an increase in forward speed and productivity of 27% without increasing crop losses.
Not new maintenance-free rotor gearboxes with heavy-duty and unlubricated Duramax cam tracks come with a 3-year warranty. The tine arms require no lubrication at all. Each rotor arm is arranged behind the suspension system, ensuring that the tines will not scratch the ground as they lift and lower.
Artic-steer running gear with forward sloping beam and Y gearbox is a stand-out feature on the TC 930 but comes as an option on the TC 640. The transport height for both models is under 4m and there is no need to fold the tine arms.