A leading machinery manufacturer says Australian farmers are becoming aware of the benefits of telehandlers with sales jumping during the past 12 months.
Claas Harvest Centre product specialist Blair McAlwee said telehandlers delivered far greater productivity than a front-end loader.
"A telehandler has far greater reach, hydraulic capacity and manoeuvrability than a tractor," he said.
"You can use a wide range of implements including buckets, forks, bale hands and silage grabs in the tightest of areas.
"You can raise, tip, lower and return in just a few seconds - all automatically, if you want - so you can get jobs done more quickly and without stress.
"It's all about productivity. A saving of just a few minutes a day can equate to a few hours a week and ultimately a few days a year.
"Then there's the safety and comfort to consider. Telehandlers have a much lower centre of gravity, four evenly-sized tyres and increased visibility."
The Claas Harvest Centre network stocks all six models from the new range of Scorpion telehandlers.
Developed in partnership with leading materials handling manufacturer, Liebherr, the new series boasted numerous improvements to enhance performance, handling, comfort and safety, Mr McAlwee said.
"The Scorpion 732 or 736 models are the 'go-to' machine for dairy farmers while the 741 or 746 models are typically chosen by broadacre farmers.
"The 732 and 736 are compact, highly manoeuvrable all-rounders that have a maximum reach of seven metres a lifting capacity of 3.2 and 3.6 tonnes, respectively," he said.
"The 741 and 746 are the same machines but with a larger lifting capacity of 4.1 and 4.6 tonnes."
All four models are powered by a 136 horsepower Deutz Stage IIIA (Tier 3) diesel engine equipped with an advanced management system for more efficient operation and transport.
The engine also features a cooling system that automatically controls the fan speed according to engine demand.
"The fan also has an automatic reverse function which automatically cleans the radiator every 15 minutes when working in particularly dirty conditions," Mr McAlwee said.
"The Varipower or Varipower Plus transmissions have three speed ranges which can be selected using the joystick.
"The electro-hydraulic parking brake is automatically activated if the machine stops, the engine is switched off or if the driver leaves the cabin.
"All models can be operated in front-wheel, four-wheel, crab-steering and optional manual crab-steering mode which allows the front axle to be steered manually.
"This mode offers distinct advantages for certain applications such as compacting the edges of clamps or moving along the walls of buildings and cleaning out silage bunkers."
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