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.

LEXION to the present day

1995 – 2004

LEXION 400 series – a milestone in combine design

With the LEXION 480 large combine harvester, new performance thresholds were realised. In a new move, CLAAS combined the APS threshing system with a revolutionary residual grain separation system ("ROTO PLUS"). The machine also marked the company's first-ever deviation from the traditional threshing drum diameter of 450 mm. As the first CLAAS combine harvester, the LEXION 480 featured a threshing drum diameter of 600 mm. Other performance-enhancing components supplemented the LEXION machines. The machines were given an entirely overhauled cab offering the driver greater comfort, and the integrated on-board CEBIS computer assumed a large number of tasks to further relieve the driver's workload. Steering systems GPS PILOT and LASER PILOT represented a leap forward in development, greatly easing control of the combine harvester and enabling the driver to concentrate fully on monitoring.

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2000 – 2009

MEDION – economical, flexible, universal

CLAAS launched the MEDION for the 2002 harvest. The MEDION was the successor series to the DOMINATOR with conventional threshing system. Thanks to their flexibility, the machines were also suitable for small land parcels and different crop types ranging from fava beans to clover seed. The MEDION was conceived in particular for farms that sought to retain their own machinery for grain harvesting or for farms that shared the use of a combine harvester in order to improve capacity utilisation.

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2003 – 2010

LEXION 500 series – in a class of its own

In 2003, CLAAS unveiled the fully overhauled LEXION 500 series under the title LEXION – NEXT GENERATION. A myriad of technical innovations brought further performance enhancements, including for instance electric adjustment of the rotor separation areas. Newly introduced features included the quick stop for front attachments and the GRAINMETER, which displays the volume and composition of the returns on the CEBIS screen.

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2005 – 2010

LEXION 600 – a new class defined

The LEXION 600 was launched as a top-of-the-range model in 2005. CLAAS engineers further enhanced its performance profile, making it the world's most powerful combine harvester. In favourable conditions, the machine is capable of harvesting 60 to 70 tonnes of wheat per hour. Theoretically, the machine is therefore capable of harvesting a sufficient volume of grain daily to supply bread to a city of 350,000 inhabitants. With the LEXION 600, CLAAS brought to the European market a combine harvester to date foremost in size and performance.

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2010 – present

LEXION 700 series – growing demands

With the 700 series, CLAAS is upholding its leading position in the combine harvester market. Equipped with TERRA TRAC half-tracks, the LEXION 750 achieves road speeds of up to 40 km/h, making it, when introduced, the world's fastest combine harvester. The new LEXION not only has a new cab, but is also equipped with a new electronic system that enhances the functionality of the entire electronic control system. Rapid communication across the entire on-board network is thus facilitated. The CEMOS AUTOMATIC system unveiled in 2011 represents a pinnacle in the development of assistance systems on combine harvesters. CLAAS has succeeded in channelling its over 80 years of experience in combine harvester development into the production of a globally unique system. With CEMOS AUTOMATIC, a system has been launched that performs optimal machine settings on the combine harvester entirely independently, allowing the full potential of the machine to be harnessed.

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2007 – present

TUCANO – premium segment at the top of the mid-range

In 2007, CLAAS set new standards in the upper mid-range category with the development of the TUCANO. Thanks to its versatility, the TUCANO can be used on any size of farm or to tackle requirements of any nature. With its big brother, the LEXION, providing inspiration, the efforts of CLAAS engineers furthermore ensured the machine embodied key top-class performance characteristics. The tried-and-tested, high-performance APS threshing and separation system, for example, is installed in all 400-series TUCANO models. The machine has also been available with the APS HYBRID SYSTEM since 2009. Intelligent assistance systems such as the new AUTO CONTOUR system for cutterbars and the AUTO PILOT and LASER PILOT steering systems can be conveniently operated by the driver via the electronic CEBIS on-board information system. A wide selection of different front attachments furthermore facilitates use for different harvesting tasks.

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2009 – present

AVERO 240 / 160

AVERO – the new compact class

At the same time that the new TUCANO with APS HYBRID SYSTEM was launched on the market, CLAAS unveiled an additional combine harvester model, the AVERO, at the Agritechnica 2009. The machine represents a new compact class between the DOMINATOR 150 and the TUCANO. The AVERO was conceived for smaller and medium-sized farms that rely increasingly on the use of their own machinery. The machine is equipped with numerous features from predecessor CLAAS combine harvesters, such as the APS system, 3D cleaning and the high-performance VARIO cutterbar. A particular benefit is that the machine can utilise the same cutterbars as the TUCANO and LEXION.

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