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Configured just the way you like

Published on 05 September 2017

WITH an impressive choice of more powerful engines, high flow hydraulics, operating systems, cabin configurations and numerous equipment options, new generation CLAAS ARION 600/500 advanced technology tractors can be configured just the way you like.

CLAAS Harvest Centre Group Product Manager – CLAAS Tractors, Dave Knowles, says the seven-model series builds on the marque’s well-earned reputation for performance, efficiency and comfort. “With a rated power output ranging from 125 to 205 hp, these ‘all-round’ tractors are ideal for a broad range of cropping, mowing, baling, transport and front-end loader activities,” he says.

The four ARION 600 models are equipped with a six-cylinder DPS engine, while the three ARION 500 models are equipped with a four-cylinder DPS engine.

Both meet Stage IV (Tier 4) emissions standards thanks to a combination of a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel particulate filter (DPF) and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) converter. “Despite the inclusion of an AdBlue tank, the diesel tank capacity has been increased slightly,” Dave says. “In the 600 series, the engine idling speed automatically reduces from 800 to 650 rpm when the tractor is stationary, delivering additional fuel savings.”

The series includes a choice of proven HEXASHIFT powershift or the custom-designed CMATIC continuously variable transmission models.

“The HEXASHIFT unit has undergone further development for optimal performance under practical conditions and offers a wide range of new functions,” Dave says. “These include a cruise control function that automatically maintains the forward speed selected by the driver. When the brake pedal is pressed, the SMART STOP function automatically disengages the transmission without using the clutch pedal. “This reduces the driver’s workload, especially during clutch-intensive tasks such as front-end loader work and baling.”

Likewise, the CMATIC transmission features new software for improved engine-transmission coordination. “For example, the cruise control can be deactivated with the accelerator pedal,” Dave says. “The driver can switch between two saved engine droop values simply by pressing a button, allowing transmission to adjust more rapidly to the job in hand.”

All ARION 600/500 models are available with the electronic PARKLOCK parking brake on the REVERSHIFT shuttle lever. “If the driver leaves the seat, the parking brake on the tractor and any attached implements/trailers is automatically activated to ensure that the tractor does not roll away,” Dave says. 

For the first time, ARION 600/500 can be configured with a choice of three operating systems: the basic CLAAS Information System (CIS), the intermediate CLAAS Information System Plus (CIS+) or the advanced CLAAS Electronic on-Board Information System (CEBIS).

“CIS has been kept deliberately simple with up to six mechanical spool valves and the tried-and-trusted CIS display,” Dave says. “The new CIS+ offers electronic spool valves in combination with the CIS colour display. It is an intermediate system that is aimed at customers who want greater convenience and efficiency but do not need all the functionality of the CEBIS system. Importantly, it offers customers the option of using the CMATIC continuously variable transmission without the CEBIS system.”

CIS and CIS+ both utilise a multi-function armrest that incorporates the ELECTROPILOT four-way control lever and DRIVESTICK control lever.

The updated CEBIS operating system features a new 300 mm (12 inch) touch-screen display and an ergonomic armrest incorporating the CMOTION multi-function control lever. “This system provides convenient operation of all the main functions using just the thumb and two fingers,” Dave says. 

In addition to the previous load-sensing hydraulics delivering 110 L/min, there is also a new version with 150 L/min flow rate.

All new models can be fitted with the new PROACTIV front axle suspension. “The tractor weight is optimally supported on the front axle thanks to the triangular arrangement of the two suspension cylinders which are angled outwards,” Dave says. “The intelligent control system provides active roll stabilisation on bends and reduces pitching during braking and acceleration, ensuring a smooth ride even driving at high speeds or with heavy implements attached.”

The optional CLAAS dynamic steering system allows fast and easy handling at headlands or during steering-intensive work, such as front-end loader operations. “This system allows the driver to change the number of turns of the steering wheel needed to achieve the same steering lock, simply by pressing a button,” Dave says.

The three largest models can be fitted with 1069 mm (42 inch) rims and a 1.95 m tyres, allowing plenty of tractive power to be transferred to the ground while protecting the soil.

Customers can choose between the familiar, easy-access five-pillar cab or the deluxe four-pillar cab found on the larger AXION 900 and 800 models.

Both cabins offer the same generous amount of space, a continuous front window and all-round visibility.

Next generation CLAAS ARION 600/500 series tractors will be available to order in New Zealand and Australia from early 2018.

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