Nice to hear all that @Cab-over PeteThank you.
I wondered whether the vid might find its way here.
I was thinking the other day how I ought to give all you helpful folk an update.
I’m quietly pleased with it so far. First few days I was disappointed with the ride quality. It was quite simply an animal on the road and field, and I’d had enough after a week, but we faffed about with tyre pressures and have found a happy-ish medium, which is ok for now. Once I get time to fit the Central Tyre Inflation system it will obviously be much easier to tweak things there.
As regards getting spreading done it is very capable. Oodles of power but at a cost, fuel use is way above the other machines. It smokes a bit (normal smoke, not burning oil or unburnt fuel) which I’m told is fine for the Cat C9, but I’m wondering if I can re-map the engine to burn a bit less? I certainly don’t need all it can offer.
There’s loads of spare hydraulic capacity so powering the Bredal is no problem. Both conveyor belt and discs are easily controlled from the seat which is nice .
There’s not much oscillation on the front axle. I took one of the shims out either side to give a little bit more but it’s still barely enough. The offside tyre now catches the steps on full tilt so I can’t get any more, but it’s a bit tricky getting through really rough gateways or undulating ground. That, coupled with the weight of a full load being high up makes for “interesting “ language from the driver when you hear it bang onto the stops!
Talking of weight, it’s heavier than I hoped. I was told they were about 12 tonnes chassis cab, but it seems this is a weight given with no wheels fitted! All up, she tips the scales at over 15 tonnes and can carry just about 10 tonnes of lime - 25.5 tonnes gross. That bothered me a bit but after a bit of scribbly figuring out she actually travels lighter than the Multidrive did at 19.8 tonnes gross, albeit only a fraction better. The 800/70-38 tyres are well on top of the job. I felt a bit happier when I heard a 200hp tractor and 10t trailed Bredal spreader with grab weighs over 14t
It’s not a bad place to spend the day. Reasonably quiet and the climate control is good. Main direction stick control is typical German, clunky and functional but it works well. I can’t seem to find a good spot to use the foot throttle though. I only need it on headland turns and occasionally on the road, but it really makes my leg ache! Probably more to do with me than the tractor, but it gets tiresome by mid afternoon. I’ve tried the seat in all positions and the latest idea is a block of wood glued to the pedal, which seems to work! All that technology and still the old ways are sometimes the best.
The buyer of my Multidrive fell in love with the seat I bought and fitted into it so I had to let it go. It was a fantastic seat so I might see if I can get one for the Xerion.
I’m not sure I’m getting the best from it. There are many settings I can use to make the job a bit more refined, but getting to grips with all that will have to wait until I’m a bit less busy.
I think once I’ve mastered all the tech it will have been a very worthwhile change.
Once again, thanks to you all who have helped. Opinions, advice and experience from you all has been greatly received.
@Xerion cheers mate.
You’ve all been helpful but Max just doesn’t stop dispensing advice once asked, even mithering his former colleagues at Claas on my behalf!!