CLAAS UK is to expand the Torion range of wheeled loaders with the addition of two compact models to kick off the range for its 2020 year line-up.

This follows the initial successful introduction of the medium and large frame versions and the new 639 and 535 compacts get many of the features from upstream. With articulated steering and a low height of less than 2.5m, they will be ideal for use in tight corners on the likes of livestock farming units.

Both are powered by Yanmar 3.3 litre, four-cylinder engines, with power outputs of 68hp and 63hp, respectively. These are Stage 3B compliant using the combination of a diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF), without the need for selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

Drive is through a 20kph hydrostatic transmission, with two speed ranges of 0-6kph and 0-20kph, which are selected at the flick of a switch. The articulated joint incorporates a double-acting steering ram. Articulation angle is 10° and the steering angle is 40°, resulting in a very tight inner turning circle of just 2.5m on standard tyres.

At maximum articulation, the Torion 535 has a full turn tipping load (FTTL) of 3450kg, which rises to 3850kg for the Torion 639. In common with many other wheeled loaders of this size, both are fitted with a Zettlemeyer wide (TPZ Wide) headstock, while the boom has Z kinematics for a true parallel lift when used with buckets or pallet forks.

The hydraulic system has a maximum capacity of 77 litres/minute and 70 litres/minute, respectively, both with an operating pressure of 230 bar.

Their cabs features a full height front windscreen for visibility over the front wheels and attachments fitted to the tapered boom, while a rounded rear window provides clear rearward visibility. Operators will like the fact that the steering column is infinitely adjustable for ease of operation and access, and all the main controls easily accessible and colour coded on the operator’s right hand side, alongside the joystick.