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Adding CLAAS to NZ National Fieldays

The CLAAS Harvest Centre network will showcase the latest incarnation of its forage harvester, the CLAAS JAGUAR 900, at the National Fieldays in Hamilton, New Zealand on from 14 to 17 June. Source: AFDJ eNews

The new 900 series has numerous technological advancements, including a continuously variable front attachment drive, an enhanced crop flow system, automatic filling guidance and reconfigured running gear.

CLAAS JAGUAR and Greenline Group Product Manager, Luke Wheeler, says CLAAS now offers 14 models across the JAGUAR 900 / 800 series, making it one of the largest ranges available on the market.

Initially, the new Type 498 machines will be equipped with Tier 4 (Final) engines only, but this will be extended to include Tier 3 options in 2018,” he says. “In the meantime, the existing 900 Series (Type 497) and 800 series (Type 496), which are both equipped with Tier 3 engines, will continue to be available.”

First released in 1983, CLAAS JAGUAR now accounts for more than half of all forage harvesters sold globally.

 A complete line-up of CLAAS ‘greenline’ forage harvesting technology will also be display, including the award-winning SHREDLAGE® maize processor, which intensively processes corn kernels and ‘long-chop’ silage in one, efficient operation.

CLAAS V-MAX V20 and V-CLASSIC V24 chopping cylinders are used to produce a chop length of 26 to 30 mm, about 10 mm longer than conventional silage.

Two specially-designed LOREN CUT rollers that fit into the existing CLAAS MULTI CROP CRACKER (MCC-L) processor then smash corn kernels to a fraction of their normal size whilst simultaneously shredding the stalks into planks and strings.

Also making its debut at the National Fieldays is the high performance JCB Fastrac 4220 (235 hp) tractor, with a variable transmission, all-round self-levelling suspension and optional four wheel steering.

Its four equal-sized tyres, 50/50 weight distribution and all wheel disc braking allow operating speeds of up to 60 km/h.

JCB Product Manager, Steve Gorman, says the proven Fastrac concept means operators can perform multiple jobs and at higher operating speeds without compromising stability, safety or comfort.

“The 4000 series raises the bar even higher in the midrange category,” he said. “For example, the maximum lift of the rear linkage has been increased by 30% to 8000 kg, while the front linkage has been increased by 20% to 3500 kg.

“Likewise, the new chassis and suspension allows a maximum vehicle weight of up to 14 tonnes, including a load of four tonnes on the rear deck.

“Being able to mount front and rear implements and carry more seed, fertiliser or spray means you can stay in the paddock longer. A tight turning circle means you can turn quicker, while faster transport speed means you can move between jobs or return to base quicker. Every minute saved here and there can easily add up to an extra hour’s work each day and several days per year.”

A complete line-up of tractors from the CLAAS AXION 900 (320 to 410 hp), AXION 800 (205 to 295 hp), ARION 600 (158 to 184 hp), ARION 500 (145 to 165 hp) and ARION 400 (100 to 130 hp) series will be on display.

The CLAAS Harvest Centre will be located at site M52–58 at this year’s National Fieldays, to be held 14–17 June 2017.