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.

DOMINATOR to MEGA

1970 – to the present day

DOMINATOR – off to scale new heights

With the DOMINATOR, combine harvester manufacture at CLAAS took on a whole new dimension. In those early days, the sizes of farms and the surface areas processed became ever larger, harvesting yields increased and for many smaller farms, it became clear that grain crops did not necessarily have to be harvested by the farms themselves. This industry demanded higher-performance combine harvesters and greater comfort for operators. In 1970, CLAAS launched a machine in the five-straw-walker class with the DOMINATOR 100, followed one year later by a machine in the six-straw-walker class with the DOMINATOR 100. The 1.32-metre-wide threshing drum on the DOMINATOR 80 (1.58 metres on the DOMINATOR 100) became the basis for establishing new performance dimensions.


1981 – 1995

COMMANDOR CS – high-performance eight-cylinder model

To increase to performance of its large combine harvesters, CLAAS replaced the straw walkers on the CS combine harvester with a "cylinder system" (CS) with eight separating cylinders. The new system was first launched in 1981 in the DOMINATOR 116 CS. This machine continued to use a threshing drum (1.58 metres in width). Eight separating cylinders were located behind the drum with separator concaves positioned underneath. The purpose of the concave was to separate as much grain as possible from the straw. The separating cylinders took up the straw and transported it forcefully to the straw bonnet. This method of conveyance ensured a uniform crop flow. The grain itself could be separated very effectively from the thin straw layer. Both the concave gap of the separator concaves and the speed of the separating cylinders could be adjusted to suit the crop type. From 1986, CS machines were renamed COMMANDOR to better distinguish between those with straw walkers and those featuring the cylinder system. The expensively produced system never quite made it onto the market, despite having set a harvesting world record with the CLAAS COMMANDOR in 1990 with 358 tonnes of harvested wheat in eight hours. Combine harvesters with CS system continued to be manufactured until 1995.

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1992 – to the present day

CROP TIGER – compact all-rounder

In many parts of the world, cropping is still being carried out on very small land areas. To ensure economically efficient, minimal-loss harvesting, CLAAS developed the CROP TIGER. Development of the CROP TIGER was begun in the early 1980s. The objective was to develop a small machine for rice harvesting, in particular for the Asian market. Originally, the CROP TIGER produced in India was conceived for the particular conditions of rice harvesting. Through continuous refinement, however, the machine can now also be used in grain crops with comparable efficiency.

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CROP TIGER 30 TTDownload the brochure herePDF

1993 – 2009

MEGA – greater output with APS

The CLAAS MEGA is based on the famous DOMINATOR; the hallmark of the new models is the MEGA threshing system. It consists of the traditional CLAAS threshing system, enhanced by the accelerator with its own pre-cleaning concave. The upstream accelerator drum equalises the crop flow and ensures that the machine runs smoothly in irregular conditions. Loose and easily threshable grain is separated by the concave before reaching the threshing drum. The MEGA threshing unit improved the operation of the threshing unit and eased the load on the straw walkers behind. With the MEGA system, it was possible to enhance throughput by up to 30 percent.

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