ao link
Farmers Guardian
News
Over The Farm Gate

Over The Farm Gate

This Is Agriculture - Sponsored

This Is Agriculture - Sponsored

DataHub

DataHub

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

LAMMA 2021

LAMMA 2021

Charting 20 years of development for Krone's Big X forage harvesters

Turning 20 years old is a major milestone for any machine production run, not least in the fast-paced world of forage harvesters. However, for Krone’s Big X range, the original concept has stood the test of time. With the help of Krone UK’s James Duggleby, Alex Heath charts the major developments of the machine.

TwitterFacebook

Rolling out of the assembly hall at Spelle, Northern Germany on May 20, 2000, the first Big X signalled the final step in Krone’s transition from a general agricultural machinery manufacturer to a specialist in forage technology.

 

Reacting to the decline in popularity of forage wagons and trailed foragers, the design brief was simple; the company would offer something bigger than the other manufacturers at the time. An engine capable of 600hp was a must, while maize headers with eight, 10 and 12 row options were also needed, as six rows were most prevalent. In addition, a host of electronic features, many of which would later be adopted by the wider market, would deliver performance and operator comfort.

 

Consisting of six feed rollers, a wider crop flow from feed rollers to the spout, adjustable chop length on the go, header-forward speed synchronisation, automatic spout ‘mirror’ and a 40kph road speed, the Big X on paper offered superior output.

 

In less than two years the Big X was transformed from concept to reality, ready for its first public showing. Debuting in the UK at the Grassland and Muck event in 2003, it soon became apparent that Krone had found a niche in the marketplace for high-powered harvesters.

 

Now with 20 years of developments under its belt, the Big X range comprises eight models, ranging from 490hp, all the way up to the flagship 1,156hp Big X 1180, claiming the world’s most powerful forage harvester title.


Read More

User story: Kuhn’s Merge Maxx merging method leaves stones on the groundUser story: Kuhn’s Merge Maxx merging method leaves stones on the ground
Big updates for John Deere forage harvestersBig updates for John Deere forage harvesters
Krone reveals latest forage equipment updates and developmentsKrone reveals latest forage equipment updates and developments
VIDEO: An insight into the grass handling prowess of Krone's latest BigX foragersVIDEO: An insight into the grass handling prowess of Krone's latest BigX foragers


1998

1998

Krone made the bold decision to enter the self-propelled forage harvester market, determined to produce a forager bigger than anything else available. The crop flow concept remains the same today


May 20, 2000

May 20, 2000

The first Big X rolls out of the assembly hall and is shown to the public. The next day field trials begin, harvesting grass local to the factory in Spelle, Northern Germany


2003

2003

Having proven its commercial success, the Big X is available in two models; the Big X V8 (605hp) and the Big X V12 (780hp), along with the EasyFlow grass header and 8, 10 and 12 row EasyCollect maize headers


2005

With more than 200 units in operation across the world, development of the second generation nears completion. The monstrous twin-engine Big X 1000, capable of producing 1,000hp is launched, along with the 6.2m wide XDisc direct cut header. The Big X 500, 650 and 800 forages follow shortly after in early 2006


2009

Fitted to the latest Big X 650, the VariStream crop flow system is introduced. Sprung loaded drum bottom and accelerator back plates deal with lumpy swaths, reducing shock loading


2010

Krone further strengthened its portfolio of high-performance high-powered foragers with its third generation. Three new models are launched, consisting of Big X 700, 850 and 1100. Gone were the twin-engines, replaced by V12 power units. Although featuring the new PowerSplit system, enabling reduced engine power operation, customers wanting a machine from 450 to 700hp would need to wait a little longer


2011

2011

The manufacturer puts a marker down for the UK market, exhibiting at that year’s Grassland and Muck event held at Stoneleigh, showcasing its biggest kit consisting of the Big X 1100, six rotor rake and Big M self-propelled mowers


2013

2013

The Big X 480, 530, 580 and 630 signal the manufacturer’s entry into the lower horsepower sector. The lessons learnt from the Big X 500 were applied. The drum width is reduced from 800mm to 630mm providing a better power to cutting width ratio. The addition of independent rear wishbone suspension significantly enhances operator comfort, rear visibility and manoeuvrability


2017

2017

The fourth generation of wide-bodied foragers are launched, featuring Big X 680, 780 and 880. Krone now boasts five models in the popular 450 to 700hp range. Focusing on improved performance and operator comfort with rear wishbone suspension and a new cab design with the cab raising CabLift, elevating the operator by 70cm. SmartConnect connectivity allows data logging and telematics


2018

2018

XCollect maize headers accompany the well-established EasyCollect range, with widths up to 12 rows. The flagship Big X 1180 completes the range, Krone now offers eight harvesters from 490hp to 1,156hp, all equally at home harvesting grass, whole crop and maize. With an increased focus on forage quality, all wide body foragers are now available with the larger OptiMaxx conditioner and AgriNIR silage analysis system


2020

2020

Little has changed to the cropflow in 20 years. There are now two cropflow widths; 630mm for the smaller machines and 800mm for the larger, with elements like VariStream and OptiMaxx added over time

Free online Forage Fest event

Free online Forage Fest event

Today (May, 20) sees Farmers Guardian host the first live Krone webinar. Join us live at 7.30pm for Forage Fest.

 

The virtual Grassland 2020 review will comprise interviews, live Q&A and videos featuring: Swadro rakes, Easycut mowers, Comprima round balers and KW tedders. There will also be an exclusive 20th anniversary celebration of Krone’s Big X forage harvesters.

 

Visit fginsight.com/foragefest to register for your free place.

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS