HANOVER, Germany — Farmers and contractors that are in the market for a new wheeled loader built specifically for agricultural use now have a new name on the market from which to choose.
The new Claas Torion series boasts seven models in three categories ranging from 63 to 228 horsepower built by a merger between two German machinery manufacturers.
Claas and Liebherr have been developing the new Torion machines over the past two years in a joint venture and launched them at the Agritechnica farm show in Germany last year.
Former Claas managing partner Helmut Claas and Willi Liebherr, president of Liebherr International, pulled the covers off the new machines, unveiling a number of loaders in the range.
The goal for the two companies was to introduce a wheel loader specifically manufactured for the agricultural market sector, something both Claas and Liebherr say has never been achieved before.
The smallest Torion 535 and 639 models are powered by 63 and 68 h.p. Yanmar engines and can be used in a variety of agricultural jobs on both livestock and grain farms.
Both four-cylinder engines meet the requirements of exhaust standard Tier 4i. Exhaust treatment is carried out with a diesel particulate filter with integrated diesel oxidation catalyst. Claas says the use of SCR technology is not required for these machines.
The filter regeneration mode can be adjusted according to the conditions with either manual or automatic regeneration.
In the Torion models, fresh air is drawn in from the radiator cooling package and pre-filtered. The air filter is readily accessible on the left of the machine engine compartment.
A dust extractor valve efficiently removes dirt and dust particles from the filter, which protects it and makes servicing easier.
In these smaller Torion models, the generously sized radiator cooling package ensures there is plenty of cooling capacity in all climate conditions. The intelligently designed air supply route guarantees high cooling capacity right from the outset. The heat given off by the engine can leave the engine compartment without being drawn back into the system.
The tipping load of these models is 3.45 tonnes and 3.85 tonnes, respectively, and clearance height is less than 2.5 metres.
The infinitely variable hydrostatic drive has two drive modes: F1 from zero to six km-h and F2 from zero to 20 km-h. The driver can switch from one drive mode to the other at the touch of a button, depending on the application.
Pressing gently on the brake and inching pedal allows infinitely adjustable deceleration of the ground speed with the engine speed remaining the same. Fully depressing the pedal automatically decreases the ground speed to zero and activates the service brake, an hydraulically operated drum unit.
There is a creeper mode for specific agricultural jobs that require higher oil flow but slower speeds such as bedding and sweeping barns.
This creep speed means the machine is driven at a constant speed in a set inching position and the required flow of hydraulic oil can be controlled with the accelerator via the engine speed.
Claas says the cab and boom on both models are positioned for maximum visibility, and the rounded rear window provides the operator with an optimum view to the rear when on the move.
Being smaller in stature allows these loaders to operate in more confined areas, thanks to their sharp 40-degree articulating angle.
Moving up in size, the mid-range of Torions consists of three models ranging from 140 to 167 h.p.
The Torion 1511 is the biggest in the middle range at 167 h.p., the 1410 is rated at 155 h.p. and the 1177 at 140 h.p. These three models are powered by DPS engines, which have dynamic cooling demand-driven engine cooling. They have already proven their worth in the Claas Arion 500 series tractors.
All these models have a three-range hydrostatic varipower transmission.
The convenient hydrostatic Varipower transmission provides three drive modes: zero to six, zero to 16 and zero to 40 km-h for optimal adjustment to the conditions.
Models in the mid-range Torion series are therefore ideal for farms and contractors requiring sufficient power for silage compaction or for handling grain, fertilizer and other bulk materials.
The engine is positioned low and toward the rear so it acts as a counterweight and means that high tipping loads of 7.75 to 9.75 tonnes are possible. All models feature programmable bucket return function and defined lifting and lowering limits.
All three models in the mid-range Torion series are equipped with a standard seven inch touch screen, which serves as a central information hub for operating the machine and is extremely easy to use.
Two joysticks are available for convenient and sensitive control of the Torion. The ergonomically designed joystick can be used to easily operate all boom functions with precision.
The direction of travel can also be changed easily via a toggle switch on the handle. The multifunction lever, available as an option, has an additional four-way control lever that can be used to control a third and fourth hydraulic circuit for filling and dumping a high dump bucket or opening and closing a silage grab.
The largest Torion 1812 and 1914 models have efficient Liebherr engines with Dynamic Cooling that develops 195 and 228 h.p. and have tipping loads of 11.1 and 12.4 tonnes, respectively.
These bigger machines have been designed for contractors and larger farms.
The Liebherr engines in these larger models meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards with no additional diesel particulate filter, but it is available as an option for indoor operations.
Both large models offer an optional automatic reversing fan system for very dirty working conditions.
Similar to the models in the mid-range series, these two largest Torion models enjoy a weight distribution with the engine located toward the rear. This also makes engine maintenance easier.
The boom is available in an agricultural or Z-kinematics format.
Both machines can have a high-lift boom as an option, provided they are using agricultural kinematics layouts. Measuring three metres, it is 40 centimetres longer than the standard boom and can achieve loading heights of up to 4.64 metres.