Loader lifts cover

03 Feb, 2016 01:00 AM
Claas loader.
Claas loader.

Claas continues to expand its branded Australian product line-up stepping up the push of optional factory-fitted loaders in the tractor range.

Available factory fitted to the Arion and Axion tractors as an option, the new loaders make for a “really nice integrated solution” according to Claas’ product manager, David Knowles.

“The loaders feature a heavy-duty sub-frame, factory fitted hydraulics, self levelling feature and they have been designed specifically for our tractors so they have the right look and performance,” he said.

Mr Knowles said the loaders had a range of features including bucket or pallet mode settings - the latter maintaining a level lift throughout the cycle, while the bucket mode crowds the bucket back slightly to maintain loads during the lift. Two rams positioned out of the operator’s line of sight underneath the lift arms adjust to compensate for the angle changes when the lift arms move up and down.

The loader is also fitted with a Mach quick attachment coupler, which includes the electrical and hydraulic fittings, and makes removing the loader frame rapid and easy. Fold down legs stabilise the loader platform for removal.

The loader is operated via a cabin mounted multifunction control lever integrated into the armrest on - called the Electropilot on the Arion 400, 500 and 600 series models.

“The loader system is available factory fitted to all our current tractor models but we are also bringing in some units to retro-fit - but we are only looking at a few,” Mr Knowles said.

“The factory fitted loader will obviously deliver the best result for customers and dealers also don’t want to be wrestling with heavy sub frames fitting them to existing tractors - it’s a bit messy.”

The loaders are available with three buckets sizes - 1.8, 2.0 and 2.2 cubic metres. “We can also provide other buckets like a 2.4 metre bucket for grain as well as a range of grabs and other attachments - hay forks, silage forks and similar,” Mr Knowles said.

The Claas loader is fitted with a Euro attachment hitch and shock eliminator vibration dampening system which uses a nitrogen accumulator to minimise impact, vibration and jolt shock when lowering is abruptly stopped reducing stress on the loader and tractor.

Tom McKenny

Tom McKenny

is the national machinery writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media


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