Sales and service support for specialist slurry application systems for Claas Xerion tractors are now being handled by the Bauer team in the UK.

Bauer acquired German manufacturer, SGT, in 2015 to expand its portfolio of waste handling and field application solutions. SGT is best known for an innovative slurry tanker loading system and large capacity mounted and semi-mounted tanks for the Claas Xerion. This essentially converted the powerful four-wheel drive tractor into a self-propelled slurry spreader.

“Bauer initially chose to leave sales and service support for the UK and Ireland in the hands of a Netherlands-based agent,” explained Adrian Tindall, Bauer’s sales manager. “But now my colleague, Rob Jackson and I, have responsibility for these products.

“They are complementary to the Bauer range of high-specification trailed slurry tankers, pumps, stirrers and separators, and both dealers and end users will benefit from our direct support.”

Bauer has already applied its expertise in poly-tank production – a hand-laid polyester laminate manufacturing process – to produce a new mounted tank for the forward control Xerion S-Trac.

And, it has a long-established technique for producing tractor-trailed tankers in capacities up to 26,000 litres using this process, which results in a strong but light-weight structure, finished with a smooth gelcoat that is immune to corrosion.

For the Xerion S-Trac, the 16cu m Bauer mounted poly tank has 2cu m more capacity than its steel predecessor but weighs 1800kg less.

In addition, a direct-mounting frame for the front-mounted pump unit, which weighs 1850kg, saves a further 1000kg by replacing the tractor’s three-point linkage, and having simpler pipework gives the operator a clearer view ahead and handles faster flow rates.

The pump is available with a 10-inch remote docking system for filling, a 10-inch stone-trap box and a 9000 or 12,000-litres/min pump – the larger option is for 24m to 36m slurry dribble booms.

Other Bauer products acquired with SGT include steel semi-tankers towed from a chassis-mounted coupling in a configuration that transfers more of the tanker’s weight to the tractor wheels for optimum traction and stability.

There are 16,000 to 21,000-litre single-axle versions for the mid-cab Xerion Trac and JCB Fastrac 4000 Series tractors, and tandem and triple-axle models with capacities up to 30,000-litres for the Xerion Trac. A twin-axle, 30,000-litre semi-tanker is also available for the forward control Xerion S-Trac.

“These high-capacity solutions for slurry and digestate application are popular with large-scale contractors needing to handle very large volumes of material,” said Mr Tindall.