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Claas Elios - the Compact Tractor with a Big Appetite for Work

CLAAS has introduced a new compact and powerful range of tractors, the ELIOS, which has been developed to meet the requirements of smaller tractor users, such as livestock farmers, vegetable growers and smallholders.

Claas Elios

With power outputs from 72hp to 88hp, the new ELIOS range is designed to provide a more compact offering to the current AXOS range which has similar power outputs. With a low overall height of just 2.40m to the top of the cab, compared to between 2.5m and 2.7m on the AXOS depending on model, the ELIOS is therefore ideal for use in low livestock or similar buildings, such as glasshouses or polytunnels.

Three models are available, the ELIOS 210, ELIOS 220 and the ELIOS 230 and with a number of different hydraulic and transmission options, each can be configured to the customer’s specific needs, such as for loader work. Each model is also available without all-wheel drive.

The ELIOS was designed specially for routine everyday work and is ideal for yard work and in confined spaces thanks to its tight turning circle of just 3.73 metres. It also has excellent stability on slopes thanks to its low centre of gravity.

With power outputs of 72hp, 78hp and 88hp, the 3.2 litre four-cylinder engine on the ELIOS runs quietly, reliably and economically. The engines meet the TIER 3 emissions regulations due to internal exhaust gas recirculation, turbo, intercooler (except the 210) and a mechanical injection system. Maximum torque levels of up to 350 Nm ensures the ELIOS has plenty of power in reserve.

As standard, the ELIOS comes with a 540/1000 and synchronised PTO but an optional 540/540E is available, designed for high diesel economy and low noise during light PTO work.

Depending on requirements, the customer has the choice of four different transmission options:

  • 12 forward/12 reverse with a mechanical reverser
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with a mechanical reverser and splitter
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with mechanical reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with REVERSHIFT hydraulic reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift

As standard, the ELIOS comes with a two-pump, 59 litres per minute hydraulic system, but a three-pump 85 litres per minute system is also available, for instance where the tractor is to be used with a loader. Furthermore, diesel consumption and hydraulic load are considerably lower, because the tractor runs at lower engine speed. For enhanced comfort and precision, the ELIOS has up to four electronic spool valves, two of which can be operated using a joystick that makes using a front loader extremely easy.

The cab on the ELIOS offers a high level of comfort. The wide-opening door, the comfortable grab handles and the self-cleaning step provide easy cab access. Thanks to a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments, any driver can find the driving position which suits him best. In addition to this, an air-sprung seat and air conditioning are standard in the ELIOS.

The easily identifiable controls enable the ELIOS to be operated intuitively even by different drivers. The TCE 6 electronic control unit for the rear linkage, which has a lift capacity of 3.1 tonnes, is designed to provide even greater precision. The overall ergonomics of the cab allow for a relaxed body posture, enabling the driver to maintain concentration even on long working days.

Daily maintenance can be carried out quickly and with a minimum of effort. This is made possible by the one-piece engine cover and by the easy accessibility of the engine and cab air filters. A major advantage of the new ELIOS is its extra-long 600-hour engine oil service intervals to help keep downtime and cost to a minimum.

Unlike other tractors this size, the ELIOS comes complete with a pick-up hitch and where a CLAAS front loader is to be fitted, this can be ordered for fitting in the factory, so that all the necessary hydraulic and electrical connections are incorporated at time of building.

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