Agritechnica 2019: Claas Scorpion

2020 will see a number of updates to the Claas materials handling line-up provided by fellow family-owned concern, Liebherr.

by Nick Fone

14 Nov 2019

First up is a new high-reach Scorpion telehandler. Tagged as the 960, as the model number suggests, it’ll lift 6.0t and reach 8.79m. It replaces the previous generation Kramer-built 9055 and sticks with a two-stage boom, although its lift capacity is claimed to be some 20% greater than its predecessor.

Alongside this there’s a wider, longer cabin and the chassis itself is longer to aid stability. It uses a 156hp 4.1-litre Deutz power-plant driving a twin-pump, three-speed, 40km/hr hydrostatic transmission. It’s said to generate 10-15% more tractive force and pushing power than before and enables engine revs to be reduced once the machine reaches maximum travel speed.

Other new features include 4wd lock-out to reduce tyre wear, increased hydraulic pressure to the pick-up hitch to enable it to hoist more heavily laden drawbars and an auto bucket shake feature.

In addition there is now the option of a self-levelling front axle and rear beam lock to increase stability when manoeuvring loads at height.