Claas is updating its Xerion tractors with a new transmission and increased hydraulic power for 2023.
Since the tractor launched in North America almost 10 years ago, the high-horsepower (435-530 hp) machines have earned a reputation for their refined ride, high transport speeds, fuel economy and quiet cab. In this interview at the National Farm Machinery Show in Lexington, Kentucky, Claas territory product specialist Ryan Bass comments on what operators can expect from the Xerion’s new Eccom 5.5 continuously variable transmission.
Bass says farmers will experience a smoother ride with the transmission, which transfers the engine’s torque and power for superior efficiency and higher productivity. A maximum forward speed of 31 mph can be achieved at a low, fuel-saving rpm.
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The switch to the new Eccom 5.5 also enables higher hydraulic flow. With up to six double-acting rear spool valves, a new pump transfer gearbox, and optional tandem pumps, the Eccom 5.5 allows an oil flow of up to 111 gallons per minute – more than enough hydraulic volume for implements with high oil flow requirements, such as wide air seeders.
Claas is also adding intelligent ballasting to the updated tractors. Using the intelligent ballast concept with additional 882 lb weight plates, up to 15,432 lb of additional ballast can be loaded. Depending on the application, the Xerion can be optimally balanced for a 50:50 weight distribution under load for maximum multi-pass effect.
The enhancements for the new model year include Xerion 5000 and 4500 models in Trac or Trac VC configuration.
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