DRIVING IMPRESSION: Last summer Claas introduced the Disco 9700RC Auto Swather Business, which is designed for a wide working width and producing a boxy swath, especially in high-yielding crops. Claas is launching a new generation of large-scale mowers. The line comprises three models offering cutting widths from 8.80m out to 9.50m and boasts a roller or tine conditioner with the possibility of adding a grouper belt.

For our driving impression we looked at a Disco 9700RC AS, a triple mower complete with roller conditioner and merging belts that enabled the tractor to work at speeds of up to 18km/hr in high-yielding crops. It is connected to the tractor via the Cat III headstock, which offers two coupling heights. All hydraulic hoses (with Kennfixx couplers), electric lines and the pto shaft have storage positions when not in use. The driveshaft is sourced from Walterscheid and transmits power to the Claas-developed gearbox, which splits the power and sends it on its way to the mowers down two Walterscheid shafts that have three telescoping sections. On the mowers, right-angle gearboxes transfer the power directly down to the familiar MaxCut cutting beds.

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