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NEW KRONE V12 POWERED BiG X 980 and 1080


NEW KRONE V12 POWERED BiG X 980 and 1080

Krone has launched two new forage harvesters in the high-end 980-1080 horsepower range. The two most latest models in the 680 – 1180 XXL range of harvesters, Big X 980 and Big X 1080 are available as of now. Drawing on many years of experience in building high-output forage harvesters, the  new models are introduced in response to an increasing global demand in the 900hp to 1100hp segment.



The most powerful agricultural machine in the world is currently the 1156hp Big X 1180 which has performed exceptionally well in the market since its introduction back in 2018. This and the two new Big X 980 and 1080 models are powered by the hugely impressive Liebherr V12 engine. All models in the range are naturally compliant with Stage V and Tier 4f emission standards (the latter requiring only SCR emission treatment).

Another strong selling point of these two new Krone foragers is the modified PowerSplit feature. PowerSplit stands for customising the available engine power to current requirements just at the touch of a button. When the full engine power is not needed, PowerSplit allows operators to operate the Big X in the Eco-Power mode and in one of various output ranges that are selected to suit various conditions. The advantages of this technology are boosted efficiencies and a greater fuel economy.

By comparison, in situations that require the full engine output, the operator selects X-Power. This can also be activated automatically and continuously variably from the various output levels – a technology that clearly increases operator comfort in daily operations.



Krone VariLOC – a gearbox inside the pulley that drives the chopping drum that makes the Big X a versatile all-rounder. By easily reducing the drum speed from 1250 to 800 rpm, operators can increase the chop length by up to 50% –  an intelligent solution for quick changes from short to long chop length.

The new dual-purpose NIR Control sensor which helps to measure and record nutrient levels in grass, maize and whole crop silage as these crops are being harvested. This sensor, which received several DLG awards, is suitable for use on a Big X and on a Zunhammer slurry applicator.



Last but not least, the new Big X 980 and Big X 1080 are equipped with SmartConnect – a standard telemetric unit that offers real-time collection and transmission of all machine data. The data can then be communicated to Krone SmartTelematics and/or transferred to a farm management system via the agrirouter.

 The Big X line-up of V12 models:

New: Big X 980                        720kW / 979hp

New: Big X 1080                      790kW / 1074hp

Big X 1180 (since 2018)          850kW / 1156hp







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