Claas announce new Jaguar

Claas has announced a new 626hp addition to the Jaguar forage harvester range, the Jaguar 880, which will only be available in the UK/Ireland and the USA.

The new Jaguar 880 fills a gap in the Jaguar range and now means that Claas is able to offer farmers and contractors the choice of two 626hp models, the new Jaguar 880 or the higher specification Jaguar 960. The availability of the new Jaguar 880 will also make this the ideal replacement for those running older 623hp Jaguar 900 foragers.

It is 25 years since the Jaguar 800 range was first introduced, and the new Jaguar 880 retains the well proven direct drive system to all the main components. The straight crop flow through the forager progressively increases the crop speed from about 4.8 metres/second as it enters the forager, to 68 metres/second as it leaves the accelerator, so ensuring optimum output for minimal power requirement.

The new Jaguar 880 is powered by a straight 6 Mercedes Tier 4F compliant engine, as used on the Jaguar 960, which uses compound turbo technology, with the option of the fuel saving Dynamic Power system, which automatically alters engine power relative to load. Drive to the front axle is through a 40kph, 2-speed hydrostatic transmission.

The new Jaguar 880 comes with the latest colour Cebis control terminal, with function screens accessed using either the main rotary switch or the Hotkey which provides direct access to pre-selected functions.

A quick attachment coupler allows the Jaguar 880 to use higher throughput header units from the Jaguar 900 range, including the heavy duty Pick Up 300 grass pick-up.

From the intake, for which there is the option of the Stop Rock detection system, the crop is fed into the well proven V-Classic 20-blade chopping cylinder, giving a range of six chop lengths from 5mm to 21mm with the standard 20 blade chopping cylinder. For further crop processing, the Jaguar 880 has the Multi Crop L 250mm cracker fitted as standard.

Using Cebis, the operator is able to set a reminder as to when the knives need sharpening or the shearbar adjusting after a set operating time has elapsed. And on foragers fitted with Quantimeter, a reminder can also be set after a set yield quantity has been harvested.

To provide increased capacity and rapid hydraulic reaction times, the Jaguar 880 incorporates a continuous high pressure, 210-bar hydraulic system using large diameter hydraulic lines.

In addition to Opti Fill, which enables the spout to swivel over a range of 225 degrees with automatic return to the transport position, there is the option of Auto Fill, which uses a 3D camera that determines the trailer body dimensions and fill depth to automatically control the spout.

The Jaguar 880 can be specified with the Claas GPS Pilot automatic steering system and for data recording, Cebis can store up to 20 job records. Using Claas Telematics, a far wider range of machine setting and operating data can be recorded and stored online, and viewed using any web enabled device, allowing the forager to be remotely monitored, daily productivity analysed and overall seasonal performance data assessed.

The standard specification includes a 1000 litre diesel tank and 130 litre Ad Blue®tank, with the option of an additional 300 litre diesel tank.



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