New generation Big X launched by Krone

Krone’s BiG X range has grown by three following the launch of its new generation state-of-the-art models – 680, 780 and 880 – with modifications and upgrades being showcased on the 880 version at Agritechnica and LAMMA.

The brand new cab lift feature is a world first according to Krone. At the touch of a button on the driver’s main console, the entire cab lifts by 70cm on a hydraulic scissor lift. This significantly improves visibility over the crop and of the trailer driving alongside. All-round view of the new designed cab is aided by 360° multiple wipers, one on the curved front windscreen, one on each side and one on the rear windscreen.

The new BiG X 880 features the new multi-tank concept so the customer can choose the tank concept that is right for him from seven different variants, thus maximising fill capacities for long working days without stopping to refill.

Power for the new generation BiG X 880 forage harvester comes from a Liebherr, Stage 4 / Final Tier 4 compliant engine. The BiG X 780 is also available without emission treatment technology and as such it is exempt from European statutory emission standards because its output exceeds 560kW.

As standard, Krone uses six pre-compression rollers and VariStream to help deliver a smooth, blockage-free operation even in an uneven crop flow. Forager utilisation at the upper limit is maximised, with less fuel needed per tonne of crop harvested.

The MaxFlow drum is available on all foragers with the option of 20, 28 and 36 knives, giving flexibility to suit a wide range of chop lengths, for those operators wanting a finer chop, typically for AD plant, the BioGas drum offers 40 knives. All Krone drums can be run with a half set of knives, doubling the maximum chop length achievable.

Krone also utilises the VariQuick system to facilitate quick changeovers between the corn conditioner and the grass duct, giving the BiG X the flexibly for use in maize, whole crop silage or grass.

Particular focus has also been given to improving manoeuvrability of the new generation of BiG X, which has been achieved through independent wheel suspension. This makes for excellent handling and tight turns even in undulating fields.

Additional features as standard on the new BiG X include SmartConnect for transparent data management as standard. This combines mobile radio, WiFi and GPS functionalities in one, allowing machine data to be transmitted to an iPad in the cab by WiFi.

Also fitted as standard is the new 12 inch touchscreen control unit with USB and video input, which can display images of reversing manoeuvres or images from the spout camera.

For even easier maintenance, accessibility to the engine, radiator and crop flow components has been improved, with features such as swivel access steps on the left side of the machine and detachable mudguards on the rear axle. LED headlights and work lights are options.

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Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.