Company history

The CLAAS success story.

Many companies have a history – and some of them have also made history. But only a select few have had such a sustained influence on the history of international agriculture as CLAAS.

Company history

The CLAAS success story.

Many companies have a history – and some of them have also made history. But only a select few have had such a sustained influence on the history of international agriculture as CLAAS.

1930 – 1945: The combine harvester revolutionises harvesting.

The first combine harvesters, at that time with fore-edge cutter

1930

Start of development of the first CLAAS combine harvester, initally as a machine based on the fore-edge cutter principle, and built around the tractor. With this method, the cut-off cereal stalks were fed sideways along the tractor with the help of a chain conveyor to a threshing mechanism positioned behind the tractor.

CLAAS straw press

1931

Manufacture of the first stationary CLAAS straw presses, which delivered a higher bale density and more precisely formed bales compared with the straw binders.

Collecting and loading press PICK-UP I

1934

The first press came onto the market that automatically collected the crop from the field, pressed it and pushed it onto the attached wagon: PICK UP, the mobile CLAAS collecting and loading press.

CLAAS mower-thresher-binder (MDB)

Mower-thresher-binder (MDB) brochure

1936

CLAAS launched the first operational combine harvester onto the market that had been specially designed for European harvest conditions, the mower-thresher-binder (MDB). The MDB operated on the cross-flow principle. It was a combination of a self-binder and a threshing mechanism, with the threshing mechanism housed between the cutterbar and the binder.

1937

Start of series production of the mower-thresher-binder (MDB). Up until production was shut down because of the war in 1943, around 1,400 machines of this type were manufactured.

CLAAS SUPER prototype

1939

The forerunner of the works newsletter "Der Knoter" was issued for the first time as an army postal service letter.

1942

The 1,000th combine harvester was built, and at the same time, development of the CLAAS SUPER was begun in secret.

CLAAS milestones