Variable balers offer three benefits: an unlimited choice of bale
diameters, significantly increased throughput and higher compression
thanks to the fixed chamber. The new series of VARIANT balers from
CLAAS combine new innovation alongside tried and tested features
giving the customer a completely new level of performance and comfort.
More bales per hour
Compared to other models,
CLAAS’ new VARIANT achieves a unique
high level of performance with a compression unit speed of 3 m/sec.
The high speed of the four high-performance compression belts creates
a very thin layer ensuring that compression can be carried out
efficiently, even at high working speeds. The high speed bale chamber
also shortens the binding stage to around five seconds. This reduces
the baler’s idling time
to a minimum and increases the available compression time per hour.
All VARIANT balers are fitted
with the special bale start device that force feeds the bales using
the built-in rotors, which can also be fitted with a 14-knife ROTO
CUT cutterbar. Combined with the clockwise-rotating bale chamber,
the VARIANT can form highly compressed bales easily from flat or
short straw, which can cause bale start problems on other models.
The VARIANT can be operated at maximum speed right from the start.
The bale compression rate is controlled
using the active hydraulics. Two spring-supported tensioning arms
apply even pressure on the belt system and guarantee the smooth
running of the new VARIANT. CLAAS offers a unique soft core device,
which can be adjusted to provide different bale sizes and compression
rates according to use. This enables you to produce loose balers
for hay or silage or highly compressed bales for dry straw. The
compression rate is adjusted simply and conveniently via the new
The new VARIANTS are controlled
via the COMMUNICATOR, depending on the model. Its extremely large
display makes driving easier as all of the settings can be adjusted
from the driver’s
seat. In addition, it offers an innovative job management system
for up to 20 different customers.
Hard work a speciality
The 365 RC and 385 RC models
have been fitted with a heavy duty drive system. The input drive,
drivetrain, cutterbar and overload protection offer a significantly
greater power flow without shortening service life. As a result,
these machines are ideal for working on rugged contractor and silage
Innovations that increase
This new VARIANT design not only offers innovation
on the outside, but on the inside too – from
the optional roller crop press at the pick-up to the new, high-performance
ROTO CUT cutterbar and the extremely convenient compression safety
switch in the rotor area. The adjustment options for baling pressure
and net quantity can be conveniently controlled from the cab and
guarantee precise settings for each crop. This in turn helps reduce
the quantity of net and fuel consumed per tonne of crop.
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