Claas Variant 500 round baler

For the 2023 season, Claas is introducing new Variant 500 round balers with variable bale chamber


The Variant 500 series initially includes six models. The Variant 560 and 565 can create bales from 0.9 to 1.6-metre in diameter, and the 580 and 585 up to
1.8 metres.

The Variant 560 RF and 580 RF work with a spiral Roto Feed rotor. The four Variant models are available in RC format (560, 565, 580, and 585) with spiral Roto Cut four-star cutting rotor for small forage packages and thus stand for excellent forage quality and high baling density.

The product range includes the Variant 565 RC and 585 RC with HD drive components such as reinforced drive chains, a strong cutting rotor with eight-millimetre double-tine stars and special knife protection.

In contrast to the two other Variant RC models with the tried-and-tested 14-knife cutting mechanism with a theoretical cutting length of 70mm, these two balers are now equipped with a 17-knife cutting mechanism with a theoretical cutting length of 60mm.

The standard PRO rotor drop floor can be lowered hydraulically to clear blockages at the push of a button from the tractor cab, while the knives are automatically depressurised.

In order to prevent blockages in advance, the PRO rotor drop floor compensates for uneven swaths by being able to lower itself by up to 30mm and automatically return to its original position. An acoustic signal warns the driver before the rotor is blocked so that there’s enough time to reduce the driving speed.

In the binding area, the first thing that catches the eye is the ideal position of the net roll, which is 25cm lower than in the previous generation and thus enables easy and safe roll changes.

Thanks to the new net brake, which is independent of the roll diameter, for absolutely constant net tension, a further improved feed plate and the new knife release guarantee a reliable and trouble-free completion of the tying process under all operating conditions.

The machines have new tyre options up to size 560/45 22.5.  

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