Claas have announced six new machines.
One will grab the headline as the widest mounted mower on the market, but the other five are on the opposite end of the market, with a wider customer appeal.
The Disco 1100C Business, is the widest mounted mower combination on the market, with a maximum working width of 10.3 metres. It will mainly appeal to large-scale contractors.
The other additions are the Disco 3150 and 2750 with working widths of 3 metres and 2.6 metres.
These are designed for users looking for a straight-forward mower that is easy to operate and can be used on smaller tractors.
The common feature in all the latest models is the new Max Cutdisc mower bed which was launched last year, a Claas in-house design featuring a wave-shaped leading edge.
This allows the discs to be mounted further forward, resulting in greater overlap between blades and an enlarged cutting area, for an improved cut and flow through the mower.
The two rear mower units on the Disco 1100C Business are mounted on telescopic arms that allow the working width to be altered from 9.4 metres up to the maximum 10.3 metres, when used in combination with a 3-metre wide Disco 3200 Profil front mower.
The advantage of this variable working width design is better operation on hill terrain or corners, where greater overlap is required, returning to reduced overlap when working in straight lines.
The telescopic arms enable the Disco 1100C to be folded down to less than 4-metre height, and 3 metres in width, for transportation.
Like other mowers in the Disco range, the 1100C can be stored folded up to save space.
If the crop cover is light, the PTO speed can be reduced from 1000 rpm to 850 rpm, to save fuel.
Lower down the scale, the 3-metre and 2.6-metre working width mowers, the Disco 3150 and Disco 2750, are fully mounted and available either as a straight mower or with a metal-tined conditioner. In addition, a trailed mower/conditioner version of the Disco 3150 is available.
They use a simple spring suspension system to ensure that the mower accurately follows the ground contours.
The drive train is designed so that in less dense crops, it can be run at a reduced PTO speed, to help save fuel, like the 1100C Business.
On models fitted with the metal tine conditioner, the tines are mounted on rubber blocks, so that they deflect out of the way of any objects passing through the mower.
The tines can also be reversed, in order to alter conditioning intensity.
For transport, the mounted versions of the Disco 3150/2750 are folded up, using a single acting ram, and secured in place by a latch operated via a not-so-technical rope from the cab.
Using an optionally available frame, the mower can also be stored folded up, to save space.
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