Lamma: Krone’s latest forager baby is a BigX

The freshest face on the Krone stand belonged to the Agritechnica-launched baby BigX forager.

Although machines pumping out closer to 1,000hp steal most of the forage-harvesting limelight, the German company’s new range includes two models – the 480 and 580 – with considerably less to offer in the power department. Model numbers loosely equate to horsepower outputs.

The pair uses six sprung pre-compression rollers and a new 630mm wide chopping cylinder, which is available with 20, 28 or 40 knives. The latter is designed primarily for those chopping large quantities of maize for AD plants.

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Cylinder diameter is 660mm – the same as the outgoing BigX 500 – and AutoScan, which varies chop length according to crop maturity, is available from the options list. So, too, is a disc cracker, although a 250mm roller cracker is fitted as standard.

The 480 model shown on the Krone stand is propelled by a new 12.8-litre, 489hp MTU engine, which sits lower in the machine than its predecessor. Top speed from the Bosch Rexroth-built hydrostatic transmission is 40kph and transport width can be kept at 3m if it’s fitted with 710/70 R42 tyres.