Agritechnica: Show-Stopping Tractors

November 10, 2009 07:56 AM

Agritechnica opened for a special preview day on Sunday with more than 2,000 exhibits sprawling in 18 halls at the Hannover fairground. While it is impossible to see everything in one day, two mammoth tractors were show-stoppers and had even those who hadn't seen them talking about the machines. The two – the Deutz Agro XXL and the new Claas Xerion 5000 – were both unveiled to the public at the show.
In fact, the 29' long Deutz bad boy was just finished last week, in time for a driving impression by profi and quick transport to the global show. The stats and features of the machine are impressive, but the one-of-a-kind design is part of what captured the crowds.
Here is a quick rundown of the Deutz Agro XXL:
-- 600 hp., powered by a 15.9-liter, intercooled V-8, Tier 3 Deutz engine
-- Electronic fuel injection
-- The eight-wheel tractor has four bogey axles with a maximum load of 22 tons each
-- Stretching 29' feet, it is a mere 9.3' wide
-- Equipped with a Funk powershift transmission with 18 forward and 6 reverse gears
-- Top speed: 25 mph in forward, 8 mph in reverse
-- Two fuel tanks holding a total of 317 gal.
-- Available with Agro-Sky guidance

(See a slideshow of the Deutz Agro XXL)

One of two prototypes, the 29' long Deutz Agro XXL was just finished last week, in time for a driving impression by profi and quick transport to the Agritechnica.
"The stats for the XXL are impressive as bare numbers," says Manfred Neunaber, editor of profi, a German magazine devoted to machinery. "It is a good machine for areas with narrow roads and the need for high horsepower.
"There are regions of Europe where articulated tractors are just too big for the roads," he adds. "This tractor fits the niche between smaller tractors and larger four-wheel drives – and can be useful in areas that need raw horsepower for pulling."
The tractor is one of two prototypes built at this point. Deutz expects to begin production in 2010.
Click here to watch a video of the Deutz Agro XXL in the field.
Right before the show, Helmut Claas, founder of the global company, personally unveiled the muscular Xerion 5000, at 524 hp., and 4500, at 483 hp, models.
Noting that the tractors have both power and intelligence, Mr. Claas announced that the two big machines join two smaller models of the Xerion. All four models share the ability to be equipped with a cab that rotates with a touch of a button, a maximum speed of 50k and continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology. The optional reverse drive mode is another feature that makes the Xerion unique.

Helmut Claas, founder of the global company, personally unveiled the muscular Claas Xerion 5000, at 524 hp., and 4500, at 483 hp, models.
The tractor rides on four equal-size wheels with two steerable axles. Even though the tractor boasts the horsepower to handle big jobs in the field, it is less than 10' wide when outfitted with standard rubber options. The CVT allows for speeds up to 31 mph in both directions, making it possible to zip from field to field.
The 24-volt on-board electrical system can be used to power electric motors on implements. In addition, the workhorse is equipped with an extra 12-volt on-board electrical system. (the power is generated by two separate alternators (12 V and 24 V) and the two different on-board electrical systems are supplied by three batteries. An ISO standard socket or a separate socket is available to interface seamlessly with implements.
The 24-volt system makes it possible for implement manufacturers to replace complex hydraulic drive systems with electric motors.
The entire tractor can be operated with a multi-function control lever which is much like a computer mouse. The control system is operated with the thumb, index finger and middle finger and features a hand rest.
Claas will have a limited number available at the beginning of 2010 and expects full production by the end of the year. "There are areas of the U.S. and Canada where the Xerion really fits well," says Bob Armstrong, product marketing manager for Claas in North America. "It makes sense anytime there is a need for raw horsepower and pure pulling power."
Check back tomorrow for a video of the monster Xerion taken at Agritechnica.

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