From staff reports
Farm equipment maker CLAAS today announced the release of two new machines—a Class 7 combine and the first half-track tractor with full suspension—to the North American Market.
“Innovative, efficient, reliable and bold are a few words I would use to describe the TRION 740 and AXION 900 TT,” Eric Raby, Senior Vice President, Americas, for CLAAS, said in a news release. “By listening to the needs of our customers and bringing our brightest thinking into research and development, CLAAS is providing customers with two truly innovative products that will take their farming operation to new levels of productivity.”
Combine aimed small- to mid-sized farms
The TRION 740 combine was designed with corn and soybean farmers with 1,000 to 3,000 acres in mind, the company said in a news release. It’s a segment that makes up more than 30% of all combines sold in North America.
The machine features a 402 horsepower Cummins engine, which can easily handle 12-row chopping corn heads or draper headers up to 40 feet wide. It has a 341-bushel grain tank and a 3.8 bushel-per-second unloading rate. A tri-cylinder APS threshing unit gently guides a 56-inch-wide crop mat across concave grates into a single rotor, ensuring more grain makes it into the tank.
CLAAS said the TRION offers long greasing intervals and extended wear parts across 60% of the crop flow to minimize downtime.
AXION 900 TT designed for better floatation, traction
The CLAAS AXION 900 TT tractor is being billed as the world’s first fully-suspended half-track tractor, making farming more efficient and productive in wet, dry or heavy soils.
The TERRA TRAC design is based on the technology currently used in other CLAAS machines. Using a front-wheel, rear-track design with independent suspension, the company’s tests showed the tractor provides 25% less ground pressure, 15% greater traction and reduced soil disturbance.
Four-point cab suspension and the fully-suspended tracks also contribute to superior comfort, the company said.
Like all CLAAS AXION models, the AXION 900 TT is equipped with an 8.7 Liter FPT engine and maintains a low-speed, high-torque concept at 1,400 RPM. The machine also has a continuously variable CMATIC transmission, which the company said “offers industry-leading fuel savings in a variety of agricultural applications.” The machine also features brake-assisted steering, as well as drawbar height adjustment for easy implement hook-ups.
The CLAAS AXION 960 and 930 models, with 440 and 350 horsepower respectively, are available to order with the TERRA TRAC options. They are currently available with 25-, 29- or 35-inch belts. 18-inch belts on 88- and 120-inch centers will be available in 2023.
More information about the CLAAS product lineup can be found at claas.com.