Product history

The CLAAS success story.

What started in 1913 with the production of straw binders has today become a staple of the agricultural technology sector, propelling the CLAAS name to global renown. Take a look at the products that have made CLAAS what is is today.

Product history

The CLAAS success story.

What started in 1913 with the production of straw binders has today become a staple of the agricultural technology sector, propelling the CLAAS name to global renown. Take a look at the products that have made CLAAS what is is today.

A knot makes history.

In search of a mechanism to tie reliable knots despite the poor baling twine quality of the time, August Claas developed his own knotter system for efficient straw binding in the early 1920s.

The young company was issued several patents for its knotter system, including a patent granted in 1923 for the knotter with floating knotter jaw that later became the company's logo. The patented CLAAS knotter was awarded the coveted DLG silver medal at the 30th DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V.) exhibition in Hamburg.

The knotter system established the basis for CLAAS straw binders and balers and was continuously optimised. Over 400,000 balers and straw binders have been manufactured since production began.


CLAAS was granted its first knotter patent. The distinctive knotter hook with additional floating knotter jaw (1923 patent) became the symbol of the young company. In the years that followed, the foundations were laid for the commercial growth of the company with the production of straw binders and straw balers.


With the CLAAS PICK UP collecting and loading baler, the company's first baler designed to collect the harvested material itself, bale it and deliver it to the trailed wagon took to the field.


Production began at the new baler factory in Metz, France – today, Usines CLAAS France (UCF).


The CLAAS MARKANT high-pressure collecting baler was unveiled. The machine operated according to the ram system and was equally suited to baling both hay and straw. The MARKANT formed compact, perfectly compressed bales under high pressure in a 36 x 46-cm format.


The first round baler from CLAAS, the ROLLANT, with continuous baling chamber based on the roller baling system was unveiled. The first model was the ROLLANT 85 with a bale diameter of 1.80 metres and a bale width of 1.50 metres. The ROLLANT 34, 44 and 62 followed, with a baling chamber diameter of 0.9, 1.20 and 1.60 metres, respectively, and a bale width of 1.20 metres.


Launch of the patented CLAAS ROLLATEX net wrapping. ROLLATEX reduced the tying time compared to twine tying by up to 50percent. The round bales tied with ROLLATEX net binding were tightly wrapped, and therefore particularly robust for storage. Additionally, the net offered initial protection against the elements and could be easily removed if necessary.


The world's first non-stop round baler, the CLAAS ROLLANT RAPID 56 with prechamber, was unveiled. This model tied round bales with no stopping. While on the move, the round bales rolled out of the baling chamber wrapped in netting.


CLAAS introduced the QUADRANT 1200, the first large square baler. The QUADRANT baled large-sized, highly compacted rectangular bales, and defined an entirely new performance class with the 1.20 x 0.70-metre bale size, tailored precisely to the typical dimensions of transport vehicles in Europe.


With the launch of the ROTO CUT system in 1993, it became possible to chop the forage directly before baling and to form high-quality silage into bales with the ROLLANT and QUADRANT balers. Straw, too, could be cut precisely directly in the field and the highly compacted bales tied securely with net wrapping.


The first CLAAS round baler, the VARIANT, was launched as a belt baler with variable baling chamber. The rotor projecting into the baling chamber ensured a secure bale start under all conditions. The VARIANT 180 was able to bale round bales with diameters of 0.90to 1.80 metres and a width of 1.20 metres, with high compaction at high output, making the machine ideal for use on one or more farms.


The 55,555th CLAAS ROLLANT round baler is produced.


On the CLAAS ROLLANT 250, knob rollers were replaced by smaller and more robust beading rollers. The baling chamber and tailgate were given a swivelling segment, the MPS (Maximum Pressure System) ensured additional pressure is applied to the bale and a higher bale density was achieved through three steel baling rollers mounted on a movable swivelling segment at the tailgate, protruding into the interior of the baling chamber.


CLAAS took the market by surprise with an entirely new drive design in the QUADRANT 2200, which operated entirely without a chain. The bevel gear ensured synchronisation of the feeder, the knotter unit and the needle. The CLAAS QUADRANT 2200 was thus designed for continuous use at the limits of performance.


CLAAS unveiled the ROLLANT with attached UNIWRAP film wrapper. With the ROLLANT 250 UNIWRAP, binding and wrapping was made possible after baling in a single operational step and before deposition of the bale onto the field.

The CLAAS high-performance wrapper unit wrapped the bale with six layers of stretch film in just 35 seconds. After this very brief wrapping cycle, the wrapping table was lowered with the baler on the move, and the bale was dropped gently onto the field.


With FINE CUT, CLAAS launched a 49-knife cutterbar for short straw on the market. The technology made it possible to utilise short straw produced in the field for animal feed and bedding directly.


The 80,000th CLAAS ROLLANT rolled off the production line at the baler factory in Metz, France.


With the CLAAS QUADRANT 3400, the highest-throughput baler of all time was launched. All components were designed for speed and maximum throughput. With the QUADRANT 3400, it became possible to process up to 60 tonnes of straw per hour. The straw was deposited in a bale size of 1.20 x 1.00 metres, and ensured enhanced efficiency during removal.


The CLAAS QUADRANT 3200 with engageable, hydraulically controlled prechamber was unveiled. The machine enabled the operator to respond quickly and conveniently to varied harvesting conditions. The QUADRANT 3200 represents a baler that can be flexibly used, achieving perfectly compacted bales with the dimensions 1.20 x 0.70 metres in all crop types, and thus delivering high annual outputs.


With the ROLLANT 455, CLAAS opened a new chapter in fixed-chamber baling. The baler set new benchmarks in performance and stability with the hydraulic MPS+ and 25-knife cutterbar.


CLAAS launched a baler in the 1.20 x 0.90-metre class with the QUADRANT 3300. Like the QUADRANT 3400 and 3200, the new machine also featured an engageable and hydraulically controlled prechamber. An innovative new rotor design ensured high throughput and an optimal straw quality, allowing highly compact, shape-retaining bales to be produced under all conditions.


As a pioneer in cutterbar technology, CLAAS revealed a new technological highlight with the new drawer system for the QUADRANT 3300 and 3200. As ROTO CUT or FINE CUT, the knives could now be easily and conveniently extracted to one side on a drawer for ease of maintenance. The FINE CUT cutterbar, now with 51 knives and knive group shifting (51/26/13/12), offered maximum flexibility in the field and ensured optimal efficiency.

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