2015-06-08  facebooktwitterrss

Claas Cargos – A New Concept In Forage Wagons

On display on the Claas stand at Grassland UK for the first time was the new Cargos 8000.

This is a completely new concept in forage wagons and designed so that when no being used as a forage wagon, the pick-up and chopping unit can be removed in about 15 minutes and a blanking plate fitted so that it can be used as a high capacity trailer.

Claas Cargos Forage Wagon

Claas Cargos 8000 Forage Wagon

Claas has sold the larger Cargos 9000 range for a number of years in Europe, but the new smaller Cargos 8000 features a new, heavier-duty design that makes it ideally suited to maintain high outputs in the heavier crop conditions in countries such as the UK and Ireland.

Three models are available in the Cargos 8000 range, the 8500, 8400 and 8300 which have a loading volume of 41, 35.5 and 30m3 respectively. The new design features a heavy duty drive system, with a pneumatically driven pick-up and the option of a hydro-pneumatic suspension system.

From the pick-up, the crop is fed into the cutting and loading system via a 860mm diameter rotor fitted with nine rows of tines in a helical pattern, which are bolted on for ease of maintenance and replacement if necessary.

The chopping chamber contains a bank of 40 double blades that are twin edged so that they can be easily turned to reduce downtime blade sharpening. The blades have adjustable pre-tensioning so ensuring that a precise chop quality is maintained.

To ensure that high outputs can be constantly maintained and the Cargos can be operated at maximum capacity, the chopping chamber features a hydraulically-lowered drop-floor. This is lowered automatically if the unit is overloaded and the driver can remove any possible blockages by simply reducing the PTO speed from the driver's seat.

The Cargos 8000 also features a new lowered floor conveyor, that can be hydraulically pivoted 90 degrees downwards so that the blades can be easily accessed for changing, or it can be pivoted upwards for improved unloading.

To increase efficiency, the Cargos can be fitted with an automatic loading system, that works either via the deflection of the front cover or also via a torque sensor on the rotor.

From the chopping chamber, the crop is transferred via the floor conveyor into the wagon where it is built-up steeply to ensure that the wagon can be used to its full capacity.

When not required for use as a forage wagon, the loading system can be quickly and easily removed in around 15 minutes using a carrier frame, and a filler plate inserted so that the Cargos 8000 can be used as a conventional high capacity trailer.

Claas Cargos loading system is easily removed

Claas Cargos loading system is easily removed

Three different control terminals are available for the Cargos 8000, ranging from the COMMUNICATOR II ISOBUS terminal, the smaller and simpler OPERATOR terminal or the ISOBUS Cable control unit, which allows the Cargos to be used with an external ISOBUS terminal.


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