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VARIANT 485 - 460

Rotor and ROTO FEED.

Again, it's all about just one thing.

VARIANT 485 - 460

Rotor and ROTO FEED.

Again, it's all about just one thing.


VARIANT 485-460

Rotor and ROTO FEED.

  • Solid to the core: the rotor gets the bale turning
  • The core compaction can be set on demand from the comfort of the cab
  • The rotor fills the bale chamber more evenly allowing more crop to be processed
VARIANT 485-460

The rotor feeds the crop into the baling chamber where the bale is forced to start rotating immediately.

VARIANT 485-460

Optimal core compaction to produce extremely high bale weights and a storable, uniform bale shape from the start.

VARIANT 485-460

With a belt speed of 3.00 m/s, the VARIANT can process more than many other round balers, and requires significantly less time to bind the bale.

Unique to CLAAS: the rotor gets the bale rolling.

Only from CLAAS: the belts and the chopping rotor turn in opposite directions, allowing for the immediate bale start necessary to produce a compact core. The high-speed rotor reaches directly into the bale, forcing the bale start – for each and every bale, and in all conditions. This also prevents belt slippage.

Benefits that you can see in every minute of operation, because you can operate the VARIANT at full speed all the time.

Core compaction on demand.

You can determine the core compaction in regard to forage quality, and control this conveniently from the cab – for example, maximum core compaction with straw, or a soft core with hay. You can also choose between three default settings, or use two freely adjustable parameters.

Even filling of the bale chamber.

A further benefit: the standard feed rotor delivers a uniform crop flow to the bale chamber, allowing significantly more crop to be processed per unit time, and, as a result, you can operate the VARIANT at incredibly high work rates.

VARIANT 485-460

ROTO CUT and ROTO CUT Heavy Duty.

What 360° means to us –a seamless rotation with no spinning.

  • Better bale shape, thanks to 360° chopping rotor with spiral tine arrangement
  • ROTO CUT with 6-mm-thick, four-star dual tines
  • ROTO CUT Heavy Duty concept for silage
VARIANT 485-460

NEW: ROTO CUT with 360° tine arrangement.

The tine arrangement in ROTO CUT and ROTO CUT HD has been improved. The helical rotor's tines are now distributed in a spiral over 360°, which allows for optimum distribution of even short material and small swaths, and results in a better bale shape.

The perfect cut with ROTO CUT.

Fourteen blades for top forage quality. The VARIANT ROTO CUT with its 6.00-mm-thick, four-star dual tines works more precisely, more effectively and faster than other balers.

  • ROTO CUT 360°, 6-mm tine stars
  • 14 aggressive DEGUY blades
  • Precise, close-cropped feed quantities for greater compaction and easier unwinding
  • Saves time when mixing feed, and the top-quality forage increases milk yields
  • New: spiral tine arrangement (360°)
  • Helical rotor for a short chop
  • Combined stripper system between and within the double tines
  • Individually secured, double-tempered steel blades
  • Hydraulic knife engagement
VARIANT 485-460

When endurance matters: ROTO CUT Heavy Duty.

Heavy work? Bring it on! With the Heavy Duty drive system concept, the VARIANT 485 and 465 are particularly suitable for demanding work with silage, thanks to the 8.00-mm-thick, four-star dual tines, the more robust, individual knife protection, and the more stable blade bracket. This means that, even with silage, the cutting quality is exceptionally high – just as you would expect from CLAAS.

  • ROTO CUT 360°, 8.00-mm tine stars
  • Reinforced single knife protection device
  • Reinforced Tsubaki chains (main drive and rotor drive)
  • Silage kit
VARIANT 485-460

PRO lowerable floor and early warning system.

It's not just sports cars that can be brought closer to the ground.

  • PRO hydraulically lowerable floor for continuous crop flow and high chop quality
  • Early warning system for imminent blockages
  • Blockages can be cleared from the comfort of the cab

Finding the right level: PRO hydraulically lowerable floor.

Baling is hard work, and it also needs to proceed at a good pace. High daily outputs are a must, and for that you need intelligent systems that give the driver optimal support – for example, a hydraulically lowerable floor that actively adapts to the crop flow. Automatic lowering of up to 30 mm enables even irregular swaths to be continuously taken in, and even then cutting quality remains high. The lowerable floor with two hydraulic rams will turn your VARIANT into a VARIANT PRO, no matter whether it has ROTO FEED or ROTO CUT.

Work at full capacity with the early warning system.

The movement of the floor is indicated on the control terminal as visual and acoustic signals via a sensor. This means you can react to the threat of blockages in time – from the comfort of the cab. You can use the baler to its full capacity while avoiding downtime due to blockages.

Clear blockages at the touch of a button.

Potential blockages can be cleared from the control terminal, without having to leave the tractor cab. The hydraulically lowerable floor opens, and the rotor pushes the blockage directly into the bale chamber. On machines with a chopping rotor, pressure is released from the blades at the push of a button, before the lowerable floor is opened. The blades automatically swing back in upon closing.

Lowerable PRO floor

□ Available