Now that the bulk of the Silage is completed aside from a few second cut jobs, I had the pleasure of seeing many 171 harvesters out and about the length of the country, but one in particular caught my eye.
Introducing the Krone Big X 630, in a Claas dominated market, Krone are up against it in terms of a monopoly of the market but they are making the right noises in terms of getting their foot on the ladder.
The Big X that I spent the most time with was owned by the Bryan Bros in Conna, Co.Cork.
It arrived in early May this year and immediately hit the ground running.
Pumping 630 hp out of a 6 cylinder in line MTU engine, the system runs on two modes depending on the crop its lifting, Eco and X power. It adapts the engine revs depending on how much pressure is coming through the 6 feed rollers.
Technology like this obviously gives you a massive fuel saving. Not only that, these harvesters also come equipped with three different traction control modes. And the turning circle on these machines is ridiculous. 50 degrees full lock and you are back hammering into the next sward.
Of course, you need a good pilot on these harvesters and Alan Bryan is one of those. Indeed after only a few days, some of the drivers hauling in from him were hitting speeds of 20 km per hour through the swards. Serious lifting!
The intake is comprised of 6 pre-compression rollers for a top quality chop. They run off of a hydraulic drive shaft. The header can adjust automatically with AutoScan. As the intake has a long path of grass flow from the metal detector to the cutterhead, it is equipped with metal detection across the entire chamber and there is the front lights. Sixteen of them to be precise.
No word of a lie, it’s like daytime when the lights come on. Sixteen HID LED lights on full cruising down a field of fresh swards and the roar from the machine would put the fear of God in any mere mortal.
You would be forgiven for thinking that it was the horsemen of the apocalypse had chosen your field to come into.
Now that you have some idea of the image of it from outside, the interior is indeed the opposite. The wide cab with its narrow posts is spacious and gives Alan the best possible view of wide headers. The double floor keeps noise in the cab to a minimum. Sixteen H9 lights provide perfect illumination, and LED lights are available as an option.
High side windows and slim posts give Alan an unobstructed view of the spout even with filling heights as high as 6 m, making filling trailers safer and more efficient.
I can’t say enough about these harvesters. I could talk to you about the 20 pre-programmed options you can have on your Joystick, the crazy amount of information that comes from the screen at your right hand, the sheer comfort of the seats, the ease of access to its components, the fact that the engine is mounted sideways for better weight distribution. My advice to you is that you get up on a passenger seat of one of these and acknowledge that there is serious competition in Krone.
The Monopoly is coming to an end. The power of green is here and it’s here for the long haul.