Innovative, practical and exceptionally convenient are what Krone claims are the key attributes of the new front guarding system for the XCollect maize header. Krone has integrated the guarding elements and also the road lights into the XCollect structure. This it claims is a world first in taking away the hassle from preparing the machine for road travel in order to comply with current road traffic regulations.
Instead of making the changeovers manually, the operator carries out all necessary steps from a fingertip control. The unit is folded to the transport width, securing it in transport position and fitting the lights, all is done from the convenience of the cab, providing increased convenience and clearly boosting daily machine productivity, according to Krone.
The story behind this innovation is that operators of forage harvesters usually change fields several times a day, often travelling on public roads. Yet public road traffic regulations require maize headers to have safety guards on the front and sides and also road lights. These safety features have been fitted manually in the past, causing hassle and loss of time. The integral comfort front guard now allows operators to prepare the machine for road travel without leaving the cab. Along with the XCollect running gear which also forms an integral part of the header and ensures base machine axle loads are not exceeded, and Krone claims that the new solution marks a substantial increase in operator comfort.
Last but not least, while saving valuable changeover time and boosting the efficiency of the machine and the entire haulage chain, the new comfort guard and the top-level lighting system which Krone claims translate into a clear increase in productivity.
Krone has also introduced new machine control units for 2020 that claim to offer a range of stand-out features, being smart, innovative, intuitive and competitively priced. The new DS 100 supersedes the existing Alpha unit, whereas the new DS 500 replaces the Beta II terminal and the new CCI 800 succeeds to the Delta terminal. In addition, Krone offers another joystick, the CCI A3 AUX while the established CCI 1200 is continued as the top model of the Krone terminal range.
Krone claims that the new control units and terminals and also the new AUX joysticks provide operators with a comprehensive choice of control options, allowing them to use the equipment that suits them best. The appealing design and intuitive use meet practical needs and offer a genuine relief. The established CTI 1200 Isobus terminal is continued as the top model in the Krone range of control units.