How do you redesign one of Europe’s most revered tractors to make it fit the needs of North American farmers?
At the Farm Progress Show in Iowa, we got the scoop on the new Xerion tractor line makeover from CLAAS Product Manager Drew Fletcher. The German-engineered tractor now comes in three models, ranging from 422 to 517 horsepower, with many noticeable differences from the European models. Most obvious is the addition of dual tires to provide extra floatation and traction and to reduce compaction.
Other features designed to make the tractors a better fit for the North American market include a hydraulic system that provides 72.5 gallons a minute twin priority flow for efficient air seeder operation; a much larger drawbar with 23,000 pounds of vertical load capacity; and an open auto guidance platform, which makes it convenient for farmers to install Trimble, Reichhart and Ag Leader systems.
Fletcher explains that the tractor comes in three packages: the standard package is a base tractor with full customization and option availability; the Prairie package is targeted to air seeding and broad acre farm operations; while the forage package is the best fit for silage work, and spreading and hauling operations.
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