Machinery JANUARY 2020 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Greater functionality for 2020 specification ARION Introduced in 2018, the CLAAS ARION 660 has quickly become one of the most popular models in the CLAAS tractor range. The ARION 660 is the highest powered tractor in the 7-model ARION 600 and 500 range where power outputs start at 125hp with the smallest ARION 510. The ARION 660 is powered by a 185hp FPT engine, with a power boost to 205hp for transport and PTO work. For 2020, all ARION 600/500 tractors will be powered by the latest Stage 5 compliant engines, which benefit from an improvement in the torque curve at lower revs of between +6% and +14%. For operators, this will provide more torque further down the engine speed range, so will be beneficial for instance when pulling away. Externally, the 6-cylinder ARION 600 now shares the same smaller SCR catalyst mounted on the front right hand ‘A’ pillar as the 4-cylinder ARION 500, so improving visibility. In addition, new decals on the bonnet panels clearly identify these new Stage 5 tractors. Like all models in the ARION range, the three versions of the 660 with either the CIS, CIS+ or CEBIS control system. All versions are available with a HEXASHIFT powershift transmission; alternatively, the CIS+ and CEBIS versions can be supplied with the continuously variable CMATIC transmission. The CIS version has been kept deliberately simple with mechanical spool valves and the CIS display, while CIS+ comes with electronic spool valves and the CIS colour ‘A’ pillar display as standard. Both versions have the proven multifunction armrest with DRIVESTICK to operate the transmission. The CEBIS version goes even further, featuring the fully redesigned CEBIS terminal with 12-inch touch screen display and intuitive DIRECT ACCESS, in addition to the CMOTION multifunction control lever, which can be operated using just three fingers. Operators of CEBIS specification tractors also now benefit from a number of new features that provide them with greater functionality. With ISOBUS now a standard feature on many implements and machines, as standard ISOBUS UT will now be integrated within CEBIS throughout the whole CLAAS tractor range. This will allow the CEBIS TOUCH screen to be used as a universal terminal instead of needing a separate terminal to set-up and operate ISOBUS machinery. However a terminal such as the CLAAS S10 will still be needed for more advanced ISOBUS functions, such as TC Geo (mapping and variable applications) and TC SC (section control). In addition, ISOBUS sockets are also now optionally available on both the front and rear of the tractor. With camera’s also being more commonplace on machinery, another new feature is the ability to now link these to the CEBIS screen, again avoiding the need for an additional screen in the cab. For greater safety, the camera can also be set to appear on the screen automatically when reverse is engaged. 68