15 new Krone BiG X foragers to tackle 2018 Irish silage campaign

It is believed that Farmhand – via its dealer network around the country (both north and south of the border) – has already sold 15 new Krone BiG X self-propelled forage harvesters for the coming silage season.

The BiG X 630 is believed to be the most popular model; a Farmhand spokesperson explained: “It’s the most suitable machine for typical Irish conditions.”

The BiG X 630 has 626hp on tap; like other Krone foragers it’s notable for having six feed-rollers. The 630 is the biggest of the so-called “compact” models.

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The tally of 15 is a significant figure. In the broader scheme of things Krone is a relatively new entrant to the self-propelled forager market. The German manufacturer unveiled its first unit as recently as 2000.

Krone has since gained considerable ground in this market, particularly during the past few years.

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In recent times, Claas and John Deere have typically been the dominant players in the Republic of Ireland. It will be interesting to see how the 2018 forager market – taking all brands into account – pans out when the dust has finally settled.

Of course, given the cost, complexity and lead-times associated with such machines, deals are invariably signed and sealed long before the season kicks off – in any given year.

It is also believed that a double-digit number of Krone BiG M self-propelled mowers have been sold for this year’s silage season.

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Krone has little (self-propelled) competition in this market segment, though some contractors prefer tractor-mounted alternatives – particularly if they have other uses for the required horsepower.

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In related news, Krone unveiled the latest additions to its BiG X range at November’s Agritechnica machinery extravagnaza in Germany.

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Three new models – the BiG X 680, BiG X 780 and BiG X 880 – complete the company’s range of self-propelled forage harvesters. 12 machines are now available in total, ranging in power from 490hp right up to 1,100hp.

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In what Krone says is a world’s first, the new BiG X models can be equipped with a brand new cab lift system; this feat of engineering was showcased on a BiG X 880 at Agritechnica.