Scorpion telehandler range revamped


CLAAS has revamped its range of Scorpion telehandlers with six new models being progressively released in the Australian market this spring.

Capable of lifting between three and 5.5 tonnes to a maximum height of six or 8.8 metres, the range features increased hydraulic power, advanced operating dynamics and operator comfort.

WA CLAAS Harvest Centre operations manager Steve Reeves said telehandlers were the next big thing in farm machinery.

"You can do just about anything with a Scorpion," he said.

"It can deftly operate a range of implements, including buckets, forks, bale hands and silage grabs.

"It can also be fitted with a wide choice of hitches and trailer brakes to tow loads of up to 20 tonnes.

"Many of our customers are telling us their telehandler is quickly becoming the most used machine on their property.

"It is ideal for high throughput materials handling, such as those found in feedlots, dairy operations and large-scale forage harvesting and transport."

"At the other end of the scale, the compact 6030 is capable of lifting three tonnes to a maximum of six metres. It is well-suited to smaller agricultural operations or for working within confined spaces."

The models feature a new frame and chassis design that achieves a low centre of gravity.

"In the lowered position, the telescopic arm is completely flush with the frame, which not only ensures a high level of stability but delivers an unobstructed view to the right of the machine," Mr Reeves said.

"The entire loading system has also been re-designed.

"The lifting, tilting and telescopic cylinders are fitted with an end-of-travel damping system, which prevent impacts in the loader.

"The loader also has a vibration damping system that automatically activates once the ground speed reaches 7km/h."

Other innovations include a smart handling function that automatically adjusts the loader's drop rate according to the weight and angle of the load and operating mode (bucket, stack, vertical lift and manual).

"The higher and heavier the carried load, the lower the maximum drop rate," Mr Reeves said.

"When the telescopic arm is fully retracted, the overload protection is deactivated to allow bucket filling and pushing operations to be carried out at full power.

"One press of a button moves the boom to a particular position which can be easily stored during operation.

"This means that during quick loading processes, the equipment can be precisely aligned at any time and as often as required."

Another new feature is the pressure release for the third control circuit on the telescopic arm, enabling attachments to be changed quickly and easily.

The 9055 and 7055 are fitted with a 4.1 litre four cylinder Deutz engine that has a rated output of 115kW.

It is fitted with self-cleaning diesel particulate filter and maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst technology.

Both models have a hydraulic conveying capacity of 187L/min.

The four smaller models have a 3.6L Deutz engine with a rated output of 90kW (122 hp) and a hydraulic conveying capacity of 140L/min.

All feature the CLAAS VARIPOWER variable transmission that produces optimal torque at speeds from zero to a maximum speed of 40km/h.

The three driving ranges - Snail (zero to 7km/h), Tortoise (zero to 15km/h) and Hare (zero to 20/30/40km/h - can be changed 'on the go' and under full load by pressing a button.

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