Lex­ion mile­stone

Claas has just made its 50,000th Lex­ion com­bine har­vester

Farms & Farm Machinery - - News -

Claas is cel­e­brat­ing the mak­ing of its 50,000th Lex­ion com­bine har­vester, 21 years af­ter the 400 se­ries made its de­but in 1995.

The har­vest­ing plat­form rolled off the Claas assem­bly line in Harsewinkel, Ger­many and will be ex­hib­ited at agri­cul­tural fairs and ex­hi­bi­tions across Europe dur­ing the com­ing months.

Re­leased af­ter al­most a decade of de­vel­op­ment, the first Claas Lex­ion model, the 480 “com­pletely rewrote the rule­books for per­for­mance, de­liv­er­ing un­heard-of out­put lev­els of 40 tonnes per hour,” prod­uct man­ager

Jono Ham says.

The ma­chine had a 375hp en­gine, 7.5m cut­ter­bar and unique APS HYRID thresh­ing and sep­a­ra­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“It was the first model to com­bine an ac­cel­er­ated pre­sep­a­ra­tion thresh­ing sys­tem with twin lon­gi­tu­di­nal ro­tors,” Ham says. “Ap­prox­i­mately 70 per cent of the sep­a­ra­tion oc­curs be­fore the crop even reaches the ro­tors, which means the ma­chine can op­er­ate more ef­fi­ciently and longer in all con­di­tions.”

Com­bined, he says, these two tech­nolo­gies achieved up 20 per cent more through­put with min­i­mal grain loss and no in­crease in fuel con­sump­tion.

“Claas is still the only man­u­fac­turer to of­fer both sys­tems in the one ma­chine,” he says.

The Lex­ion 500 se­ries was re­leased in 2003, fol­lowed by the 600 se­ries two years later. The cur­rent Lex­ion 700 se­ries, which fea­tures third-gen­er­a­tion Ter­rra Trac drive sys­tems and a 12.3m Vario vari­able cut­ter­bar, was re­leased in 2010.

The flag­ship Lex­ion 780 har­vester is a 625hp ma­chine named 2016 Ma­chine of the Year at the world’s largest agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy fair, Agritech­nica.

Fea­tures in­clude Dy­namic cool­ing, 4D clean­ing sys­tem, au­to­matic crop flow con­trol sys­tem, au­to­matic per­for­mance op­ti­mi­sa­tion sys­tem, grain qual­ity cam­era, re­mote mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems and re­mote mon­i­tor­ing.

“The Lex­ion 780 con­tains more than 50,000 parts, 4000m of elec­tri­cal ca­ble and 215m of hy­draulic lines,” Ham says.

“Every as­pect of these ma­chines is de­signed to al­low op­er­a­tors to har­vest more grain per hectare, more hectares per hour and more hours per day in all crops and all con­di­tions.”

Above: Claas staff with the 50,000th Lex­ion 780 com­bine har­vester

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