This past June, Claas took over the remaining 20% share in Renault Agriculture and officially became its full owner. The family-owned Claas had acquired a 51% controlling interest in Renault's tractor business in 2003 and invested heavy in product development and production facility modernization.
With the launch of the Axos in August, Claas has also officially replaced the last of the Renault tractors it inherited, the Celtis.
Designed with high ground clearance for smooth driving across the crops, the four models of the Axos can be used for a variety of tasks, including field work to stock breeding. The front loader can be attached and detached without tools. Its design allows for particularly heavy jobs: the front-loader mounting bracket is connected to the tractor over the entire length, all the way back to the rear axle, so that all mechanical stresses are transferred to the machine equally during operation.
Claas says operator comfort was a main priority of the Axos, and its 74 dB cab is easily accessible. Wide cab windows to the front and rear, a skylight, and side doors, which can be opened forward by 180° and then fixed into position, provide for enhanced all-round visibility. For night-time working, up to eight work lights are available. The cabs are manufactured at Claas' facility in Le Mans.
The height of the high-profile roof is 2.58 m (8.5 ft), and the low-profile roof is 2.43 m (8.0 ft), both with 30-in tires. A cabless version is also available for applications in greenhouses or poultry barns.
Axos is powered by turbocharged Stage IIIa/Tier 3 Perkins 1104D-44 mechanical engines with a bore and stroke of 105 x 127 mm (4.1 x 5 in). The 4.4-L engines feature four cylinders, with two valves per cylinder, and offer 74 to 100 hp (55 to 75 kW) at 2200 rpm. Peak torque is 392 N·m (lb·ft) at 1400 rpm.
Those engines are equipped with an improved rotary fuel pump and injectors for improved fuel delivery, and a new piston bowl shape for improved airflow management.
The Claas-engineered transmission can be combined in up to five different ways.
Basic Axos C is available with fully mechanical 10F/10R operation, or fully mechanical 20F/20R, with a mechanical splitter. The Axos CL is available with the 10F/10R Revershift, an electrohydraulic clutchless reverser.
And the Axos CX comes with either a Revershift with a Twinshift 20F/20R electrohydraulic two-stage powershift transmission or a Revershift with a Twinshift 30F/30R electrohydraulic two-stage powershift with creep gear.
The 20F/20R transmission variants provide 12 gears between 2 and 15 km/h (1 and 9 mph) in the main working range, allowing speed to be adjusted depending on the situation.
Axos C features two PTO shaft speeds, while the other models feature up to three PTO shaft speeds with hydraulically supported PTO shaft operation.
The Axos' entire hydraulic system was reengineered and equipped with a 60-L/min (16-gal/min) pump for high performance, particularly with a front loader.
Front linkage and front PTO shaft were designed specifically for the Axos. With a lifting capacity up to 2800 kg (6170 lb), the lifting cylinders are dual-acting and can be operated in a floating position. Its turning radius is 4.3 m (14 ft).