Claas recently announced that it has entered a collaborative agreement with fellow German manufacturer Kramer to build telehandlers.

This brings to an end to company’s current manufacturing deal whereby Caterpillar builds Targo loaders at its factory near Leicester. Initially these were dogged by reliability issues and, although these were rectified, the British-built machines still suffered an image problem.

The development of a telehandler is a new venture for Kramer which will market the machines in its own livery to construction customers, while Claas dealers will sell them in lime green and white to agricultural customers.

Claas is keen to stress that despite resembling the old Targo machine in regards to looks, apparently that is where the similarities stop. This is a completely new machine according to the firm.

The range – comprised of five models – will stretch from machines that will lift 3t to 6.1m to those with a 4.1t capacity and 9m reach. Claas Scorpion 2

These will replace larger K-series Targos, while smaller C-series machines are to be shelved completely. Claas dealers with a market for compact machines will then have the opportunity to sell Kramer’s existing range of wheeled loaders.

The Scorpion range features what Claas has dubbed a Varipower transmission which is a hydrostatic swash plate set up capable of propelling the machines to a maximum speed of 40kmh.

Another feature of the machines is the introduction of a joy-stick mounted shuttle control. According to Class directional changes are made using a roller switch much like boom extension and retraction.

Claas has confirmed that the new telehandlers will be on show at Agritechnica nest week, however as yet no pricing guide has been fixed.