The prizes don't come much bigger than this but Krone has won the coveted machine of the year 2018 category at this year's Agritechnica.
A panel of top-level judges comprising national and international agricultural engineering journalists were suitably impressed by the BiG X’s latest features and happily crowned the machine.
A particular highlight of this new series is the ground-breaking cab lift – the first of its kind in the world. At the touch of a button, the operator can raise the entire cab by 70 cm on a hydraulic scissor lift, to give a perfect overview of the crops and of the trailer travelling alongside or following behind.
The innovative multi-tank concept on the new BiG X all scores highly in terms of comfort and flexibility. It allows customers to choose between seven different combinations of tanks (fuel, silage additives, water, urea), which is very useful given that customers around the world have different requirements as to liquids and filling capacities. This system means that tanks can be filled to full capacity for a long day's work without the need for pitstops.
Another highlight is the KRONE Optimaize Universal Package which offers exceptional versatility in maize harvesting (from 3 mm to 30 mm chop length). And then there is the forage harvester’s engine design: another winning formula. Here KRONE has once again relied on supplier Liebherr’s expertise; engine oil and oil and fuel filters only need changing every 1.000 hours.
This is the third consecutive time that KRONE has won the coveted ‘Machine of the Year 2018’ award in the forage harvester category. In 2016 the BiG X 630 won the title, and in 2014 the BiG X 480/580 series triumphed.
The Krone Big X truly is a serious piece of kit and are distributed in Ireland by Farmhand.