Claas Arion 600/500 tractor Sil­van Smooth­flo Squat­pack

The next-gen­er­a­tion Claas Arion 600/500 tractor is on its way

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Claas has un­veiled its new-gen­er­a­tion Arion 600/500 ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy trac­tors which can be tai­lored to a cus­tomer’s needs with the choice of more pow­er­ful en­gines, high-flow hy­draulics and numer­ous equip­ment options.

Seven mod­els will be re­leased in Aus­tralia early next year. Rang­ing from 125hp to 205hp, the four Arion 600 mod­els come equipped with a six-cylin­der DPS en­gine, while the three Arion 500 mod­els will fea­ture four-cylin­der DPS en­gines.

Claas Har­vest Cen­tre Group prod­uct man­ager Dave Knowles says the new Arion 600 and 500s are all-round rigs that have earned their rep­u­ta­tion for per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and com­fort.

“With a rated power out­put which rang­ies­from 125hp to

205hp, these ‘all-round’ trac­tors are ideal for a very broad range of crop­ping, mow­ing, bal­ing, trans­port and front-end loader ac­tiv­i­ties,” he says.

Both the four- and six-cylin­der en­gines com­ply with the lat­est Stage IV (Tier 4) emis­sions stan­dards, thanks to their cooledex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem (EGR), diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF) and se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion (SCR) con­verter.

“In the 600 series, the en­gine idling speed au­to­mat­i­cally re­duces from 800 to 650rpm when the tractor is sta­tion­ary, de­liv­er­ing ad­di­tional fuel sav­ings,” Knowles says.

In terms of trans­mis­sions, the new Arion mod­els have the choice of Claas’s Hex­as­hift pow­er­shift or a cus­tom-de­signed CMATIC con­tin­u­ous trans­mis­sion. Cruise con­trol is also avail­able on the new Arion mod­els as is the Smart Stop fea­ture which makes for more con­ve­nient han­dling and re­duces driver work­load, Knowles says.

“The Hex­as­hift unit has un­der­gone fur­ther devel­op­ment for op­ti­mal per­for­mance un­der prac­ti­cal con­di­tions and of­fers a wide range of new func­tions,” he adds.

“These in­clude a cruise con­trol func­tion that au­to­mat­i­cally main­tains the for­ward speed se­lected by the driver.

“When the brake pedal is pressed, the Smart Stop func­tion au­to­mat­i­cally dis­en­gages the trans­mis­sion with­out us­ing the clutch pedal,” Knowles ex­plains. “This re­duces the driver’s work­load, es­pe­cially dur­ing clutch-in­ten­sive tasks such as fron­tend loader work and bal­ing.”

For the first time, the Park­lock park­ing brake fea­ture is made avail­able for all Arion 500/600 mod­els. This sys­tem is a safety mech­a­nism to stop the tractor or its at­tach­ments from rolling away if the driver leaves his seat.

Arion 600/500 can be con­fig­ured with three op­er­at­ing sys­tems: the ba­sic Claas In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (CIS), the in­ter­me­di­ate Claas In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem Plus (CIS+), or the ad­vanced Claas Elec­tronic on-Board In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (CEBIS).

The up­dated CEBIS now fea­tures a new 12-inch touch­screen dis­play and an er­gonomic arm­rest in­cor­po­rat­ing the CMOTION mul­ti­func­tion con­trol lever.

Claas also of­fers two dif­fer­ent cabs for the new Arion 600/500 mod­els, the five-pil­lar cab or the deluxe four-pil­lar cab found on the larger Ax­ion 900 and 800 mod­els.

The Claas Arion 600/500 series trac­tors will be avail­able to or­der in New Zealand and Aus­tralia from early 2018.

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