Claas has announced that the Varipower transmission in the Claas Scorpion 1033, 741, 736, 732 and 635 has now been replaced by the new Varipower 2 twin motor, designed and manufactured exclusively for Claas. The compact drive unit from the Jaguar forage harvester promises a long service life, improved drive efficiency and reduced noise levels.
Varipower 2 comprises two hydrostatic motors inside a compact housing which share a common shaft and swash plate. Both motors have a maximum swivel range of 23 degrees, with both traction units controlled by a common distribution unit.
Three driving ranges
As before, the operator can select three driving ranges – 0 to 15 km/h, 0 to 30 km/h and 0 to 40 km/h – with the simple press of a thumb. The top speed is reached at a reduced, fuel-saving engine speed.
Varipower 2 transfers just as high torque to the wheels as the previous Varipower transmission. The simple, compact design, which dispenses with the need for transfer gears, ensures a high level of wear tolerance and long service life. The new feature is that the housing oil is continuously extracted from the drive housing by a powerful Venturi tube, which significantly reduces churning losses when driving at speed. This ensures maximum efficiency and low fuel consumption even on fast road journeys.
The Scorpion 960, 756 and 746 will continue to work with the Varipower (746) and the high-performance Varipower Plus transmission (756, 960) with wide-angle hydrostatic pump and second displacement motor.
New cameras and other features for all models
New options for the Scorpion include the latest generation Claas cameras. These can be mounted at the rear and on the telescopic arm or hitch frame and are housed inside a new holder for optimum protection. The image is transferred to a separate display in the cab, which switches automatically to the rear camera when reversing. This greatly increases safety and convenience for the operator. Integrated heating inside the camera housing prevents the lens from misting up or freezing when the weather is cold or wet.
A new four-digit counter is also available within easy reach of the joystick for manually counting load cycles. Other new features include an LED flashing beacon, self-cancelling indicators and additional tyre options. The rear of the vehicle can now be accessed without tools.