Scorpion telehandler set for relaunch

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New Claas Scorpion telehandler range to make Australian debut

Scorpion telehandler set for relaunch
The two large CLAAS SCORPION 746 models offer optimal lifting and shear forces.


Equipment manufacturer Claas will launch its new range of agricultural telescopic loaders, also known as telehandlers, at the Henty Machinery Field Days in mid-September.

The company will remove the Scorpion 635 and Scorpion 1033 from its existing range, with the remaining Scorpion 732, 736 and 741 telehandlers joined by the Scorpion 746 this year and the Scorpion 756 early next.

We got a look at Claas's Scorpion 7055 at Henty in 2017 - check out our story here

Claas Harvest Centre product specialist for the Scorpion Blair McAlwee says improving the performance, efficiency and comfort of the models was a priority for Claas and its partner in the project, materials handling manufacturer Liebherr.

"They all have improved working hydraulics and increased lifting capacity, enabling optimal handling performance and productivity," he says.

"The Scorpion 732 is a compact, highly manoeuvrable ‘all-rounder’ that has an above-average lifting capacity of more than three tonnes.

"At the other end of the scale, the Scorpion 756 boasts a 5.6 tonne lifting capacity and a maximum lift height of just over seven metres," he adds.

All of the telehandlers will have access to Claas’s Smart Loading driver-assistance system that enables fine control of working hydraulics – including being able to halve their speed via a toggle switch – to enable stacked goods to be positioned with greater accuracy.

"It includes an automatic bucket return and set bucket position for loading operations and automatic overload protection," McAlwee says.

A side support for the telescopic arm is also available, with McAlwee saying the support helps ensure the all-round visibility provided by redesigned cabs in the models is not interrupted.

"The attachment point for the telescopic boom now lies lower on the chassis, significantly expanding the field of view to the right and to the rear," he says.

"This additional support provides even greater stability and protection of the machine when work involves significant extension of the arm and major lever action."

Further to this, the switches and controls inside the cabin have been arranged to ensure they are easy to operate – with all key functions bundled together into an 85mm screen.

Ready to roll

The 732, 736, 741 and 746 are fitted with Deutz Stage IIIA (Tier 3) diesel engines, which develop 136 hp, while the 756 has a maximum rating of 156 hp.

The new telehandlers are also equipped with the Varipower and Varipower Plus transmission systems, each with three speed ranges that McAlwee says are easy to control using the joystick.

"The 746 and 756 models also features Dynamic Power, which regulates the engine speed based on the joystick movements," McAlwee adds.

"The enhanced Smart Roading automatically adjusts the speed when accelerating and once the maximum speed is achieved."

"The use of both systems in tandem ensures a comfortable ride in all applications, saves fuel and reduces noise," he says.

In addition to the front, all-wheel and crab-steering modes, all new models come with a manual crab-steering mode.

"In contrast to the traditional crab-steering mode, the front axle can still be controlled, which offers distinct advantages for certain applications, such as compacting the edges of clamps or moving along the walls of buildings," McAlwee says.

"An electrohydraulic parking brake is automatically activated if the driver leaves the seat, the machine stops or the engine is switched off," he adds.

"When the driver puts a foot on the accelerator to travel in a set direction, the parking brake is automatically deactivated."

The new models have two engine management systems for smooth and efficient operation and transport, McAlwee says, as well as Dynamic Cooling to control the fan speed according to engine demand.

All models are also equipped with the proven and robust Scorpion quick-release headstock, which is compatible with older attachments.

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