CLAAS has set its sights on the needs of small- and mid-sized farms as it rolls out a new tractor and combine designed to bring performance, innovation and value to these operations across North America.
Later this summer, farmers will get their first look at the Trion 740 Class 7 combine as well as the Axion 900 TT, the first half-track tractor with full suspension in North America. CLAAS is planning to roll the tractors out in the U.S. at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. Canadian farmers will be the first to see the new tractor and combine when they arrive at Ag in Motion, set for July 19 to 21 in Saskatoon, Sask.
“Innovative, efficient, reliable and bold are a few words I would use to describe the Trion 740 and Axion 900 TT,” says Eric Raby, senior vice president, Americas, for CLAAS. “By listening to the needs of our customers and bringing our brightest thinking into research and development, CLAAS is providing customers with two truly innovative products that will take their farming operation to new levels of productivity.”
CLAAS says the new combine is designed for farmers who are looking for a reliable machine in the right-sized and right-priced package that still offers high performance. The company is touting the tractor for its ability to maintain the qualities of the standard-wheeled Axion tractor, but also deliver the added benefits tracks provide, including better flotation, less compaction, added traction and superior comfort.
The Trion 740 combine is designed to deliver power and reliability in an affordable package. “The Class 7 combine market segment has long been in need of new innovation,” says Greg Frenzel, CLAAS combines product manager. He notes that the new combine was designed from the ground up to address the needs of 1,000 to 3,000-acre farms, a segment of farms making up over 30 percent of all combines sold in North America. The company says it wants to re-energize this segment by delivering CLAAS “innovation in an unparalleled crop flow design on an affordable and reliable chassis.”
CLAAS is also heralding the reliability of the new combine, which have been put to the test in five years of field tests across three different continents. It offers long greasing intervals and extended wear parts across 60 percent of the crop flow to minimize downtime. With affordability in mind, the Trion also offers active slope compensation and low fuel consumption.
Combine threshing and separation were a key design focus for CLAAS. With the Trion, threshing adjustments are made in-line with changing harvest conditions throughout the day. A tri-cylinder APS threshing unit gently guides a 56-inch-wide crop mat across concave grates into a single rotor, ensuring that more grain makes it to the tank.
With the combine, farmers are equipped with a 402 horsepower Cummins engine, providing high torque at low rpm. This power level easily handles 12-row chopping corn heads or draper headers up to 40-feet wide. Pairing the 341-bushel grain tank and 3.8 bushel per second unloading rate simplifies grain handling in the field. The combine boasts a top road speed of 19 miles per hour.
The Axion 900 TT is the world’s first fully suspended half-track tractor. Better flotation, traction, operator comfort and soil protection are just a few of the advantages CLAAS says farmers will experience.
The Terra Trac design is based on the technology currently used in other CLAAS machines. Using a front-wheel, rear-track design with independent suspension, the company says the tractor produces 25 percent less ground pressure, 15 percent greater traction and reduced soil disturbance.
Axion 960 and 930 models, with 440 and 350 horsepower, are available to order with the Terra Trac options. They are currently available with 25, 29 or 35-inch belts. 18-inch belts on 88 and 120-inch centres will be available in 2023.