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Baler updates provide better output and traceability

Claas has presented updated versions of its round and square balers for the 2014 season

At a product launch in France during early July, Claas presented updated versions of its round and square balers for the 2014 season. David Williams reports.Variant 360-385 round balers
The Claas Variant 360-385 variable chamber range of balers is claimed to offer a higher level of bale compaction than equivalent fixed chamber machines, while offering freely selectable bale diameter. For 2014 the range offers what Claas says is the widest pick-up on a round baler, the XXL having a working width of 2.35m on 360, 365, 380 and 385 models.Claas Variant 360-385 model balers have several updates for 2014 including a new wider pick-up and faster bale discharge. Reduced downtime is promised by the pick-up’s automatic chain tensioning, and a larger oil reservoir; 6.3 litres compared with 3.0 litres previously, provides continuous lubrication with fewer fill-ups needed. Central lubrication is also now an option.The balers’ hydraulic system performance is also improved and now provides bale discharge in just six seconds, the process of opening and closing the tailgate now 30 per cent faster than on the previous models.Moisture sensing is another option now available, the system taken from the Quadrant range, the crop moisture content displayed on the Communicator 2 terminal.Quadrant 2200 Advantage
Producing 120x70cm bales the Claas Quadrant 2200 is available in Roto Cut (RC) and Roto Feed (RF) versions, and updates for 2014 include a wider pick-up, the XXL with a working width of 2.35m and the availability as an option of the Power Feeding System (PFS) which is said to increase throughput capacity.The latest version of the Quadrant 2200 Advantage has a wider pick-up with castor guide wheels. For 2014 the baler is fitted with the Rotor Feed technology from the larger Quadrant 3200 which, with a newly designed rotor, improves crop flow through the baler and ensures it is gentle on sensitive crops such as lucerne and hay.
A tandem steering axle has options of 500/55-20 and 620/50-22.5 tyres.For increased reliability and reduced maintenance the knotters are kept clean by the Turbo Fan knotter cleaning system taken from the larger 3200, with 150 per cent more air flow than previously.The 2.35m XXL pick-up is designed for cleaner and faster operation in wider hay and straw swaths. A further update for easier operation is the availability of an optional electronic tying release mechanism which, with the Claas Medium Terminal, allows bale length to be adjusted from the cab.Improved record keeping
An upgrade to the Claas Isobus Communicator 2 controller now provides the ability to add data management and documentation functions, a significant benefit for agricultural contractors. The upgrade is compatible with Quadrant 3200, 3300, 3400 square balers and Rollant 375 and 455 Uniwrap round balers.A printer and a USB storage device can be linked to the Communicator with a new interface and the USB data storage device contains task management software which allows up to 20 different data records on customers and/or fields to be stored and downloaded. Information for each record includes;

  • Customer number and name
  • Date and time of start of job
  • Number of compressed bales
  • Number of chopped/unchopped bales
  • Time at end of job
  • Quantity of netting or twine used
Once the job is completed the user can print off a record of the job on-site for the customer and, using the USB storage device, can download the information to a computer using the Claas Task Management programme enabling quick and easy invoicing to the customer. Claas points out that this paperless method of working provides added convenience as well as better data security. Significant recent investment in the Claas baler factory in Metz, France includes a new state-of-the-art paint shop opened within a new 2,200m2 building. The factory has capacity for up to 5,000 balers per year, and its production lines, one each for round and square balers, will accommodate a mix of models and specifications, allowing it to respond to changes in demand.

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