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New Quartet of Triple Mowers from Claas

For contractors and larger farmers looking to increase mowing work rates in order to improve efficiency and match the output of the latest, high capacity JAGUAR forage harvesters, CLAAS has introduced four new triple mower combinations based on the CLAAS DISCO Contour range mowers.

Claas Disco 9300

Claas Disco 9300

This means CLAAS now offer a range of eight triple mower models, and included in the latest additions is a new 9.10m wide model, the DISCO 9300 C Contour, which is the widest triple mower on the market.

The new models comprise two mower conditioner versions, the DISCO 9300 C Contour and DISCO 8600 C Contour, with working widths of 9.10m and 8.30m respectively, and two straight mower units - the DISCO 9100 Contour and the DISCO 8400 Contour with working widths of 8.90m and 8.10m.

CLAAS Triple mower range

Both the DISCO 9300 C Contour and the DISCO 8600 C Contour can be used either as a single front-mounted unit on a reverse drive tractor or in a front and rear ‘butterfly’ format.

In order to minimise compaction and weight loading, the new wider DISCO 9300 C Contour is designed so that it is mounted as close to the tractor as possible. In addition, modern high-strength materials have been used in the mower’s construction, helping to reduce the rear axle load on the tractor.

Claas Disco 9100

Claas Disco 9100

The DISCO 9100 Contour and DISCO 8400 Contour use a ‘butterfly’ arrangement, but a specific feature is their low power requirement, with them needing a minimum of just 170hp and 150hp respectively.

All four mowers use the new CLAAS CONTOUR centrally pivoting 3.40m or 3.00m mowing units. All are equipped with the new P-CUT cutterbar which is designed to provide an extremely even and clean cut, with optimum contour following.

The outer units feature an automatic breakback system which due to the 15 degree mounting of the pivot arm, means that when an obstruction is hit, the whole mower unit swings back and lifts to avoid potential damage.

Each of the mowing units is fitted with the CLAAS ACTIVE FLOAT hydro-pneumatic suspension system, which as ground conditions vary enables the operator to adjust the suspension and ground pressure from the cab, in order to ensure a clean cut and minimise the risk of soil contamination.

Drive to the discs is through a smooth running, low-wear transmission with an individual drive to each cutting disc. The discs themselves are set lower for a cleaner cut and smooth crop flow, and are mounted in a new high strength sealed double tapered bearing assembly.

The P-CUT cutterbar itself is manufactured from high-strength steel and incorporates robust cutterbar skids with Hardox inserts between each skid. The underside of the cutterbar also incorporates a series of groves that funnel away any build-up of soil for a cleaner cut. The mowing units incorporate the unique SAFETY LINK drive protection system and are fitted with CLAAS Quick Change Knives that allow the knives to be changed without using tools.

Both the DISCO 9300 C Contour and DISCO 8600 C Contour utilise the well proved CLAAS conditioner unit fitted with rubber mounted steel tines. A full width spreading hood is also available so that the crop can be spread across the full width of the mower.

With the exception of the 8600C and 9300C, the mowers are operated using the CLAAS STANDARD terminal which allows the operator to pre-select the lifting sequence and then activate that sequence at the press of a single button, or for short work each unit can be lifted individually. The DISCO 8600C and 9300C are equipped with load sensing hydraulics, and all functions can be controlled at the touch of the button, or via the tractor spool valve if preferred. Optionally, these two models can be controlled using the CLAAS COMMUNICATOR ISOBUS terminal or the tractors existing ISOBUS TERMINAL.

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