Previewed in Fliegl colours for the first time at Agritechnica, main updates to the Cargos forage wagons for next season are the moveable front headboard and wider 2.3m pick-up.
A first for the Cargos, the hydraulically operated headboard increases the load capacity by 3.0m³, and the new pick-up is 30cm wider than the previous 2.0m unit. An auger mounted at each side channels the wider flow of material to the centre of the rotor.
Fliegl acquired all rights to produce and sell the Cargos under its own name after Claas surprisingly discontinued production of the forage wagons early 2022. The new owner has been very busy since, transferring production from Bad Salgau to a new site in Kirchdorf, near Munich.
There are no changes to the model numbers, but Fliegl has given both the 8000 (30-41.5m³) and 9000 (44-50m³) series a number of other updates.
These include the sides of the main body, which slope inwards at the bottom to ensure that all the material slides onto the two-stage scraper floor system – which on the 8000 series models now uses the same heavier-duty drive unit as the larger 9000 series. Standard equipment on both ranges has also been increased to include a hydraulically articulated suspended drawbar and hydraulically suspended chassis. The lighting is now full LED with additional ones on the sides.
The first Cargos forage wagons started leaving the new production line at the Kirchdorf facility last March, and so far, the company has made 60 Cargos 8000 and 700 models.
The plan for 2024 is to increase the numbers to 150 units. The entire product range previously manufactured by Claas is available. This includes the Cargos 700 silage trailers – 740 (38.5m³), 750 (44.5m³) and 760 (51m³); plus, the dual-purpose 8000 series – 8300 (30m³), 8400 (38m³) and 8500 (41.5m³), and the 9500 (44m³) and 9600 (50m³) models from the 9000 series.
It is not yet known when the first Cargos will touch down in the UK and Ireland. Sales for both are in preparation is the message.
Incidentally, the new Fliegl facility will be officially opened on March 2, 2024, when visitors will be able to tour the production halls.