Claas debuts new Torion loader and Disco mowers

Claas was the latest manufacturer to hold an online press event to preview a pick-n-mix selection of new products. They included a new folding maize header, Disco mower range and the firm’s first telescopic loader. 

Torion 738 T Sinus loader

A new telescopic Torion 738 Sinus has been added to Claas’ Liebherr-sourced handler range, which now includes 10 models from 5t up to 21t.

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The 738 is based on the Torion 644 Sinus, and the new model’s key feature is the centrally positioned telescopic boom offering a lift height of 4.8m and a maximum payload of 2,300kg with pallet forks. The 644 only has a fixed-position loading arm.

A combination of rear axle and articulated steering means a tight turning radius of 4.22m (measured to the bucket edge) is possible, and the tipping load at full articulation is 3,800kg.

Powering the loader is a 73hp Yanmar four-pot engine that meets Stage 5 regulations without needing AdBlue. There is a two-range automatic transmission, and the firm’s Smart Shifting feature smooths gear changes by combining the auto box with hydrostatic drive.

In the centrally mounted cab, operators can have a new 9in touchscreen terminal that reads out bucket angle and boom details, along with fuel and engine statistics. A majority of the buttons are grouped down the side of the armrest next to the multifunction joystick.

Elsewhere in the Torion line-up, the 1511 has gained a 12% power boost, taking it to 181hp, while the 1410 jumps to 163hp – an 8% leap on the previous output. Both machines now meet the magic Stage 5 regs from a six-cylinder John Deere block.

Side-mounted Disco

The German firm has introduced two new Disco mower ranges, with working widths from 2.2m up to 3.4m.

The side-mounted Disco 10 and 100 models feature a centre-of-gravity hitching system, which allows the mowers to act like a unit with centre pivoting and, in doing so, keep even pressure across the width. This works by the suspension spring being fixed in the middle of the machine’s frame.

Claas Disco at work

Disco © Claas

There are three models of Disco 10 mowers – 32, 28 and 24 – with widths from 3m down to 2.2m. The Max Cut mower bed is built from two pieces of bolted pressed-steel plate to reduce welding stresses and they can work on angles up to 45deg.

In the bigger Disco 100 range there are two models, a 360 and 320, offer cutting widths of 3.4m and 3m, respectively. These replace the outgoing 3150 and 3450 models, with the new 100-series getting a double gearbox and transport angle of 105deg to help maintain a clear rear view through the tractor’s mirrors.

Along with these models, two new mower conditioner units will also be introduced. The Disco 320C and 280C have widths of 3m and 2.6m and come with a full-width steel tine conditioner.  

Orbis 3m road width

To help move between jobs without an escort, Claas has designed its new 12-row Orbis maize header to fold to 3m for road transport.

The five-part Orbis 900 can slip into its transport system in just 30secs without the operator leaving the cab. All guarding and warning barriers are stored on the header and, although it is a similar weight to the old model, it features a transport system to reduce the load on the front axle.

Claas Orbis

Orbis © Claas

Axion 900 meets Stage 5

Claas’ Axion 900 range now meets Stage 5 emissions legislation, thanks to AdBlue and a larger SCR filter but, handily, the designers haven’t needed to increase the size of the exhaust stack.

Claas Axion

Axion © Claas

There’s also a revised version of the central tyre-inflation system that has an additional compressor plonked at the top of the offside steps. It offers 2,800 litres of air for both tyres and implements, but does obscure access to the windows.

Bigger Cargos

Along with the option of a new 7in touchscreen Cemis terminal, the 8400 Cargos transport and forage wagon can boost capacity by adding side extensions to take it to 38cu m – a 2.5cu m upgrade on the standard model.