Krone showed off its 2012 line-up of mowers, tedders, foragers and balers during a slightly soggy demonstration day near its factory in Spelle, Germany last week. James Andrews was there to catch it all in action
The new Ultima non-stop baler was the pretty much the star of the show, but there was plenty more new kit that deserves a mention. Click on the tabs or watch the video to find out more.
The firm’s massive KWT 2000, tedder was getting its first public workout at the event.
Built to handle working speeds of 15- to 20kph, Krone says the 19.6m machine can match the output of large self-propelled mowers such as the Big M. The KWT 2000 is fitted with a steering axle to help it track behind the tractor in both work and transport positions.
In work, the machine is practically silent and it folds very neatly for such a large machine.
High speed versions of Krone’s Big Pack square balers were also on show.
Benefitting from a bigger feed passage and higher plunger rates, the new machines can boost output by up to 20%. There is also an option for reducing pto speed in lighter crops to save fuel.
The feeder system and camless pickup and have also been tweaked to cope with the higher throughput and there will be an optional acceleration roller for the pickup from 2013. They also include a built-in moisture sensor and bale weighing system.
Boasting a working width of up to 10.10m, Krone’s B1000 CV mower conditioner outfit is a serious rival to the big self-propelled machines.
During work, the rear mowers can be nudged up to 42cm in either direction and there is a hillside setting that pushes both units up the slope to prevent any misses.
Load-sensing hydraulic suspension is borrowed from the firm’s Big M500 self-propelled machine, which has sensors to monitor and adjust the damping.
Almost all mowers in the EasyCut range have been given a revamp, with many getting new headstocks and rubber side protection.
Krone’s 700 and 850 Big X self propelled foragers were making light work of the heavy crop of green rye which was destined for biogas production.
Both models now come with manual or auto-switching ECO Power modes to reduce fuel consumption and the 850 gains traction control for 2012.