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.

SENATOR to COMPACT

1966 – 1982

SENATOR / MERCATOR / PROTECTOR – elegant large combine harvesters

With the launch of the SENATOR, CLAAS lent its combine harvesters a fresh new design. Extensive protective panelling and cover sheets manufactured from metal were used. Edges sloping backwards marked the contours of the new machine and the grain tank formed a line together with the engine panelling. The CLAAS lettering was also revised, and the machines were given the new seed-green colour that has come to characterise all CLAAS products to this day. The SENATOR demonstrated not only an exquisite external appearance, but also outstanding performance attributes. Hydrostatic steering, for instance, was included as standard. As the first combine harvester manufacturer, CLAAS furthermore unveiled a drive system with engageable powerband drive. One year after the SENATOR, the MERCATOR was unveiled. The machine demonstrated lower performance attributes than the SENATOR. The PROTECTOR launched in 1968 completed the large combine harvester family towards the lower end of the range. The machine represented an inexpensive alternative in the model range and was delivered as standard with a fixed 2.70-metre cutterbar. Later, as part of the model refinement process, only the name MERCATOR was used; the SENATOR became the MERCATOR 70. The PROTECTOR combine harvesters were given model names MERCATOR 60 and 50.

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MERCATORDownload the brochure herePDF
PROTECTORDownload the brochure herePDF

1967 – 1970

GARANT – trailed, longitudinal-flow thresher

The trailed combine harvester CLAAS GARANT was based on the threshing unit of the MERCUR self-propelled machine. It was a common sight on smaller farms, yet failed to gain prominence, owing to the superiority of self-propelled combine harvesters. Just 1,000 machines were built in the years between 1967 and 1970. The CLAAS GARANT was the last trailed combine harvester to be manufactured by CLAAS.

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1967 – 1981

CONSUL/COSMOS/COMET/CORSAR – the new small models

Having made their mark on family-owned farms, the CLAAS models EUROPA and COLUMBUS had become technologically and visually dated. In 1967, CLAAS unveiled the CONSUL and the COSMOS, and in the following year the COMET and CORSAR. All combine harvesters were derived from one model family and differed from one another primarily in terms of size. The CONSUL, for instance, was equipped with four straw walkers, unlike the other models, which were equipped with three.

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COSMOSDownload the brochure herePDF
COMETDownload the brochure herePDF
CORSARDownload the brochure herePDF

1970 – 1981

COMPACT – compact harvesters for family-owned farms

The CLAAS COMPACT was marketed from 1970 as a small combine harvester for family-owned farms. The COMPACT models 20, 25 and 30 were conceived specifically as small self-propelled machines, and were redesigned entirely from scratch. The objective was to facilitate combine harvesting on smaller farms as well. More than 7,000 of the affordable combine harvesters for family-owned farms were manufactured from 1970 to 1981.

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