An initial glance into the cockpit of the new PistenBully 600 gives away what it’s all about. Concentration on what’s important: the driver. The PistenBully 600 has come up with a wealth of first-class technical equipment – ergonomics, drive comfort and ease of operation are always in focus. The driver’s seat has been completely revamped. It has a greater adjustment range and the winch machines have an integrated harness belt attachment directly onto the swing-action seat frame. This is important for drivers who often sit in the PistenBully for several hours at a stretch. The semicircular steering wheel with built-in multifunctional display is a new development as a result of ergonomic requirements. The height and reach of the steering column is adjustable in steplessly adjustable, ensuring that the new semicircular steering wheel is in the ideal position. Large-area glazing extending well down ensures optimum all-round vision. Above all, the side windows allow a very good view of the chains. The generous space provided enhances driving comfort at the workplace.
As there was no joystick available on the market to meet Kässbohrer requirements in terms of ergonomics and driver comfort, a new joystick was developed. Now the driver no longer has to hold the joystick tightly, but rests his hand on it from above. This has allowed more functions to be incorporated in the joystick at the same time as pleasant, fatigue-free handling. Switches are located to suit the natural movement radii of the fingers. To make it easier to find the most frequent work positions as far as winch pulling force and contact pressure of the tiller are concerned, the joystick has a potentiometer with a “distension” function.
Easy to use
Both drivers who have been using a PistenBully for years as well as people with less experience can use the intelligent assistance systems entirely according to their own individual requirements and preferences. Self-explanatory controls and a touch-screen make it extremely easy for the driver to operate the system. The entire vehicle is shown on the control panel. Thanks to the logical icons, the driver can find his way around immediately. He doesn’t have to remember which switch is used for which function, but simply presses the icon for the appropriate vehicle part. For example, if he presses the tiller, it is lowered. All functions can also be controlled using the I-command, which is integrated into the armrest.
Everything at a glance
All front headlamps and the twin searchlights are integrated in the roof of the driver’s cab, ensuring outstanding long-range and working-area illumination. The two glare-free rear spotlights mounted in the rear wall of the roof provide an optimum view of the tiller and the slope. The standard lighting package includes xenon working lights and SideFinder lights which illuminate the side and rear working area of the clearing blade. The xenon lighting package is available as an option and has all front and rear headlights in xenon design. In order to illuminate the side area better, there are now the new Treeline lamps which ensure better illumination of the side area. When the door is unlocked using the remote control, the entry illumination and service lighting in the engine compartment are activated automatically, thus providing good illumination of the supporting frame area even off-road.
High-performance and safe
Precision handling in any situation is guaranteed by the finely tuned running gear, the main frame of which consists of high-strength fine-grain steel that is extremely resistant to cold temperatures. Calculation of the frame using the finite element method has allowed a frame structure with less indentation. Optimally positioned connecting points for the scoop frame and rear attachment carrier guarantee ideal pushing and surface leveling results.
The new PistenBully 600 sets out with a 6-cylinder engine and 400 hp. The generously sized drive pumps with integrated pressure cut-off and servo control and the weight and performance-optimized planetary gearbox ensure optimum efficiency with adequate reserves of torque. The folding transportation platform, introduced with the PistenBully 300 Polar, has been adopted on the PistenBully 600. It is the ideal solution for safely transporting company staff on the platform.
Everything under control
Intelligent control and positive diagnosis: the PSX controller is the host computer in the vehicle for central power and energy management. The diesel engine and drive/tiller pumps are directly controlled via CAN signals. The oil quantity distribution of the working hydraulics and the automatic tiller depth function are also controlled by the PSX controller. All sensors and actuators switch automatically into fail-safe mode if necessary. Use of non-contact sensors ensures very high operational safety and reliability. The diagnostic functions of the individual components and operational data have once again been further developed, ensuring that the driver always knows exactly how things are with his PistenBully.
The new PistenBully is unique in terms of ergonomics; drive comfort and design, as well as in terms of technology such as the innovative assistance systems and precision running gear.