Claas adds features to Variant range of balers
THE Variant 385 – 360 range of variable round balers from Claas has been given s e veral new features for the new season. The variable chamber Claas Variant is ideal for baling hay, straw or silage, thanks to the freely selectable bale diameter and a higher level of compaction in comparison with fixed chamber systems.
For 2014, Variant 360, 365, 380 and 385 models will now be available with the new 2.35m wide XXL pick-up, giving it the widest pick-up on the market for round balers.
By enabling the Variant to bale wider straw and grass swathes, this ensures that the high performance potential of the baler can be fully exploited.
However, the pick-up has not only been made wider; it has also been given automatic chain tensioning.
Claas says that this helps reduce maintenance time. The oil reservoir has also been enlarged from 3.0 litres to 6.3 litres and incorporates an integrated filter and continuous chain lubrication to again help reduce maintenance time.
To ensure that the chains on the Variant are always provided with sufficient oil, the quantity of oil can now be adjusted according to requirement.
In addition, a central lubrication system is also optionally available on the Variant 385 – 360, with all lubrication points centrally supplied with oil via two central lubrication blocks.
In addition, the hydraulic performance of the balers has also been increased, so the bale discharge is now completed within just six seconds, with the result that the process of opening and closing the tailgate (without tying time) is now 30pc quicker than with the old models.
As an option, Variant balers can also be fitted with the moisture sensor from the Quadrant range.
Integrated into the left-hand side of the tailgate, the crop moisture content is displayed on the Claas Communicator 2 terminal, which is used to operate and monitor the entire work process from the cab.
Meanwhile, the German firm has also announced changes to its big square baler range. Since the first Claas Quadrant baler was launched in 1988, the baler has been popular on account of its ideal size for transport, high bale density and output.
For 2014, Claas now offers the widest range of bale dimensions and cutter systems on the market, the most popular being the 120x70cm bale, produced by the Quadrant 3200 and Quadrant 2200 Advantage.
In total, the Claas Quadrant big square baler product range now includes six models (3400, 3300, 3200, 2200, 2100, 1150) with five bale sizes from 80x50cm to 120x100cm and three different feed and cutting systems, the Roto Feed (RF), Roto Cut (RC) and Fine Cut (FC).
For 2014, a new feature for the Quadrant 2200 Advantage is the XXL pick-up which has a working width of 2.35m, full width pick-up auger and pivoting guide wheels.
This allows a clean pick-up from even wider straw and grass swathes, especially at high working speeds.
To ensure that material is quickly cleared from the pickup and high outputs maintained, the Quadrant 2200 is fitted with the powerful yet gentle Roto Feed rotor technology from the Quadrant 3200 which incorporates the heavy-duty Power Feeding System with continuous-feed auger.
Also borrowed from the Quadrant 3200 is the Turbo Fan knotter cleaning system with 150pc more air volume, which protects the six Claas knotters from dirt and thereby provides top-quality tying, especially when baling short straw.
Following the introduction of a new Roto Cut version of the Quadrant 3300, this now means that six Quadrant 3300 variants are available, producing a bale measuring 120x90cm.
Like the Quadrant 2200 Advantage, the Quadrant 3200 and Quadrant 3300 are also fitted with a 2.35m pick-up with a Power Feeding System (PFS) auger and a double roller crop press.
Both balers also incorporate a new spiral rotor with 52 dual tines, which transports the crop more efficiently and quickly to the prechamber.
The active feed by the rotor has meant that it has also been possible to raise the crop intake on the rotor side of the pick-up.
A unique feature on both the Quadrant 3200 RC / FC and the Quadrant 3300 RC is the knife drawer that can be extended on both sides, offering convenient access to the blades for maintenance and blade changes.
The blades are arranged in four groups, which can be selected easily with a lever and hydraulically pivoted out.
The flexibility provided by the blade groups enables the balers to be used universally, with high capacity for short straw.
Other features also include the hydraulically-lowered drop-floor in the cutting chamber, which is lowered automatically if the unit is overloaded, allowing the driver to remove any possible blockages without leaving his seat.
Both balers also come with a pre-chamber which helps increase bale density by holding the material and precompressing it ahead of the main chamber.
The operator has the option of three settings, all selected using the Communicator II control terminal from inside the cab.