Claas’ high horsepower tractor to debut at AgQuip

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Claas XERION 5000 in dual wheel configuration The new Claas Xerion 5000 tractor in dual wheel configuration. Claas XERION 5000 in dual wheel configuration
Claas XERION 5000 with 80 Morris tine airseeder The Claas Xerion 5000 at a recent field trial with a Morris tine airseeder. Claas XERION 5000 with 80 Morris tine airseeder

Northern NSW producers will be the first to catch a glimpse of Claas’ brand new Xerion 5000 tractor when it officially launches in Australia at the AgQuip field days later this month.

Since its unveiling last year at international trade show Agritechnica, Claas’ revamped Xerion series has gained worldwide attention for being the iconic German manufacturer’s highest-powered tractor range to date, offering a maximum output of 524hp (385kW).

The series features three models- the Xerion 5000, 4500 and 4000.

With features such as permanent all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, continuously variable transmission, cab suspension and advanced operating systems as standard, the Xerion series has become Claas’ new flagship range.

Claas Australia Axion/Xerion Product Manager James Moss says the Xerion 5000, the largest in the range, has been specifically configured to meet the demand for high horsepower drawbar tractors.

"The Xerion 3800VC multi-purpose tractor, with its unique 180 degree rotating cab, has been a drawcard at Australian field days for the past five years," he says.

"However this latest release has been tailored to make the Xerion more specific to broadacre applications," he says.

The Australian configuration is offered with a fixed cabin, 2.5 tonne front ballast, 2.5 tonne chassis-mounted ballast, rear PTO, heavy-duty drawbar, air compressor and dual 710/70 R42 tyres all-round.

Moss adds the new Xerion 5000 is considerably more comfortable, fuel efficient and more manoeuvrable than its competitors in the top end of the market.

"This is the only 500+ hp tractor with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard and it’s the only one with transport speeds of up to 50km/h," he says.

A field evaluation program in northern NSW was recently conducted to put the Claas Xerion 5000 through it spaces and Moss says results have been nothing short of impressive.

"In two sowing demonstrations, fuel consumption was about 20 per cent less than the producers’ existing tractors," he says.

"The CVT means we can set the engine to run at its peak torque – about 1600 rpm – and the transmission then finds the optimum gear combination to maintain the desired ground speed from 50m/h right through to 50km/h."

The Xerion 5000 also features a full chassis frame and is powered by a 12.5 litre six-cylinder Caterpillar C13 engine and ZF Eccom 5.0 continuously variable transmission mounted as non-load bearing modules.

"The Stage IIIA (Tier 3) engine produces full power on demand, even at low engine speeds, and has remarkable fuel efficiency," Moss adds.

The engine incorporates an adjustable hydraulic fan that automatically adjusts fan speed according to engine temperature, thus reducing power and fuel consumption. It is also reversible to allow for on the move cleaning.

The Xerion features the same spacious cabin and operating systems on Lexion combine harvesters and Jaguar forage harvesters.

"Anyone who is familiar with this cabin will tell you how quiet and comfortable it is," Moss says.

The exhaust has been positioned in front of the engine for lower noise levels and the cabin has been mounted in the middle of the frame for less bounce and improved operator comfort.

"The cab suspension system then absorbs any remaining shocks and vibrations," Moss says.

Other key features of the Claas Xerion 5000 tractor are:

  • Three-way adjustable steering column
  • A range of seat options
  • Full-size passenger seat with cooler compartment
  • Automatic climate control
  • Entertainment system
  • Lighting for full visibility day and night
  • Claas’ electronic on-board information system (CEBIS) utilised on the Lexion and Jaguar harvesters
  • Rear linkages with maximum lifting capacity of 13.6 tonnes
  • Two hydraulic circuits – primary circuit for rear linkage and six-dual acting spool valves with maximum flow rate of 105 L/min; secondary circuit for the oil cooler, steering system and brakes.

The AgQuip field days, scheduled to be held in Gunnedah, New South Wales from August 19 to 21 will be the official launch pad for the model. However, Claas Harvest Centres across the country are now taking orders ready for the next drilling season.

"We also have an attractive finance offer running on the Xerion for orders placed before September 30," Moss says.

Anyone interested to see a demo of the Claas Xerion 5000 can contact their local Claas Harvest Centres. 

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