CLAAS Upgrades JAGUAR 970 and 980 Models

CLAAS has upgraded its JAGUAR 970 and 980 models with a heavier and stronger front axle to improve traction in wet and hilly conditions, as well as an SCR aftertreatement system on the engines to meet Tier 4 Final.

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The company that pioneered the self-propelled forage harvester, continues its industry-leading innovations with its JAGUAR 970 and 980 models. The comprehensive upgrade of its two most powerful models includes enhancements to the engine, cooling system, header drive, front axle, shearbar and AUTO FILL system, among others.

Up front, the feederhouse has been enhanced for optimized feeding and to accommodate an optional new hydraulic header drive. The innovative hydraulic header drive allows the operator to adjust header speeds from the cab to accommodate changing conditions. This improves the consistency of crop flow and chop quality in fluctuating harvest conditions. A Dual drive option adds a mechanical drive when operating DIRECT DISC with a high power demand.

A redesigned shearbar system features a four-bolt attachment and a new pivoting point for better cut quality. Hydraulic shearbar clamping ensures smooth and consistent movement for accurate placement of the shearbar to the knives, which reduces wear. Thanks to the new design, when the new shearbar is adjusted, the drum concave is automatically adjusted as well. The sharpening system has also been updated for superior cut quality and easier maintenance.

A new, heavier and stronger front axle with optional differential lock improves traction in wet and hilly areas. Three different travel modes (automatic engagement, automatic disengagement, and always “on”) ensure superior traction in any condition. With the new front axle, 520 duals can now be ordered for the new models from factory for even greater stability on hilly or soft ground. The drive train on the new JAGUAR 970 and 980 has been redesigned for improved efficiency, less fuel consumption and up to 13.6 mph in first gear. It utilizes 26% less engine rpm while turning on headlands and up to 10% less fuel consumption during road transport. 

Improved shielding design around the engine compartment increases airflow for more efficient cooling of the machine. The new JAGUAR 970 and 980 engine configurations will also integrate SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment and meet the Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. The JAGUAR 970 engine has been upgraded to the V12 MAN 24.2 L from the V-8 and boasts 25 more horsepower at 800 hp. The JAGUAR 980 stays at 884 hp.

The popular AUTO FILL system on the new machines has been enhanced as well. Operators can now have the machine automatically fill trailers that trail directly behind the new JAGUAR models while opening the field for improved operator comfort and visual confirmation of proper filling.