JCB manufactures its millionth machine
Leading UK construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer, JCB, has celebrated the manufacture of its one millionth machine – a 22-tonne JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver – in colourful style.
CLAAS Sets Combine milestone
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A new era of service
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AXION 850 Sets New Fuel Efficiency Benchmark
A recurring comment from users of CLAAS AXION tractors is how fuel efficient their tractors are compared to other makes they have run.
This has now been confirmed in recent Powermix fuel consumption tests conducted by the DLG in Germany on behalf of Profi magazine for their test report on the 260hp AXION 850.
This showed the AXION 850 to have an average fuel consumption of just 282g/kWh, a saving of 7% compared to the average of 305g/kWh from the 21 other tractors tested to date.
“… What impressed us most about the AXION was its performance in our Powermix test, where its average consumption figures work out at about 7% below the average of other tractors that have already been subjected to this DLG/profi test protocol.
“Theoretical perhaps, but if the tractor is saving 2.5 litres/hour on heavy work over, say, an annual 1,000 hours, that represents about a £1,700 cut in the tractor’s yearly diesel bill. And that’s clearly not a saving to be sniffed at.
“Put bluntly, CLAAS’s AXION 850 consumed less fuel in our static test than any previously tested tractor in this power class.”
The article concludes, “When it comes to picking the current AXION’s main attraction, there’s not too much doubt. For those who have already forgotten, just take a look at all of those green bars on the Powermix chart.”
To come to this figure of 282g/kWh the DLG take the average fuel consumption achieved in seven individual tests and across 36 different test runs. The tests are designed to test draft work, pto work and mixed work across a range of working conditions and operations.
In all three of these working conditions, the AXION 850 recorded average fuel consumption that was well below the overall average.
Just as importantly the fuel efficiency of the AXION range is also helping users in the field save fuel and as a result, reduce their operating costs.
“I have been extremely pleased with the fuel economy. Customers have also been surprised as their first impression is often that due to its size the AXION must use a lot of fuel. For silage work one customer has calculated that I will save him $3,000 in fuel a year.” (Kevin Mehrtens, Oxford)
“I have certainly noticed the difference in fuel consumption compared to the tractor that the AXION replaced.” (Mike Earl, Hawarden)
The CLAAS AXION 850 is available through CLAAS Harvest Centres nationwide.