THE latest offerings from some of Europe’s leading farm machinery manufacturers, including CLAAS, AMAZONE and JCB, will be on show at the CLAAS Harvest Centre display at Mystery Creek Fieldays.
They include the national public debut of the all-new series of CLAAS DISCO 10 side-mounted rear mowers, JCB Series III Loadall telehandlers and CLAAS ARION 600/500 tractors, as well as the complete range of AMAZONE spreading, cultivation and spraying technology.
Available in six working widths from 2.2 to 3.4 m, the DISCO 10 series incorporates the award-winning MAX CUT cutterbar, which has been progressively introduced across the entire range of DISCO mowers over the past five years.
The cutterbar features a wave-shaped mower bed is press-formed from a single piece of material. “This unique design has become synonymous with cutting quality, operational efficiency and reliability,” CLAAS Harvest Centre National Sales Manager – NZ, Roger Nehoff, says.
“The cutting disc is positioned further forward on the cutterbar, ensuring the largest possible overlap between each disc for optimal cutting quality under all conditions.”
“The special shape of the skids and the large channel between them creates a dirt-repelling tunnel effect for clean harvesting.
“The bolted design of the mower bed and permanent lubrication of all drive components simplify maintenance and guarantee dimensional stability and longevity.”
The new models incorporate a number of other features for maximum efficiency, including centre-of-gravity hitching. “This system ensures that the mower bed has a uniform contact pressure over the entire working width, similar to centre-mounted mowers,” Roger says.
“The line of force of the suspension spring runs exactly through the centre of gravity of the mower unit. “These units can angle up to 45 degrees upwards and 20 degrees downwards.”
All models feature a host of smart features for easy maintenance, easy transport and safe storage, including a safety module and quick blade-change system. “In the event of a collision, the safety module shears at a pre-determined breaking point but the cutting disc is held in the module by an axial bolt and cannot fly off,” Roger says. “The module can be replaced easily and quickly.”
Boasting a new cab and a host of improvements that further enhance the brand’s renowned performance, efficiency, safety, comfort and serviceability, JCB’s new Series III range comprises six models with lift capacities from 3.2 to 5.6 tonnes and a maximum reach of 6 to 9 metres. Roger says the new cab raises the bar for comfort and functionality even higher.
“It features the same adjustable steering column, control layout and function-grouped switches found in JCB Fastrac tractors and wheeled loaders,” he says. “This makes it easier for operators to switch from one type of JCB machine to another and to use each in the most productive way possible.
“A seat-mounted joystick and control pod configuration is standard in the Agri Torque Lock4, Agri Super and Agri Pro specifications. “Overall, the cab is 12 percent larger and 50 percent quieter than the previous model.
“The wide door opening and adjustable push-away steering column with working position memory make it easy for operators to enter and exit the cab.
All models are equipped with the 4.4 L JCB EcoMAX engine that delivers 109 hp or 125 hp, while high specification models are fitted with a 4.8 L version delivering 145 hp. A range of transmissions are available, including a four-speed manual, four-speed automatic, torque lock and a combined dual hydrostatic/powershift model. The Auto Smoothride System engages at speeds of over 4 km/h, improving load retention and comfort when traveling at speed on roads and in the field.
The high capacity hydraulic system delivers a flow rate of 140 L/minute for rapid boom operation. The boom end damping system improves material retention and makes for a smoother work cycle. Hydraulic auxiliary venting can be activated from inside the cab or outside the cab for quick and safe attachment changeover. The auto bucket control system makes it easier to meter out or fully empty material from the bucket.
CLAAS Harvest Centre display at Mystery Creek Fieldays will be located at site M52-58.