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Claas Builds its 450,000th Combine Harvester

The Claas production plant in Harsewinkel has celebrated the manufacture of its 450,000th combine harvester, a Lexion that is earmarked for the North American market.

Shareholders, members of the management and 350 employees gathered together in Harsewinkel to celebrate this production milestone.

Shareholders, members of the Management and employees celebrated the 450,000th combine harvester and the 10,000th TUCANO

Shareholders, members of the Management and employees celebrated the 450,000th combine harvester and the 10,000th Tucano

Another cause for celebration was the 10,000th Tucano, which in recent weeks also rolled off the production line and is earmarked for delivery to an Eastern European customer. Both combine harvesters are not fully assembled in Harsewinkel, but rather are delivered as knocked-down machines. The individual assembly areas supply four components: cleaning system, separator housing, drum housing and cabin.

The component parts of the Lexion are shipped from Harsewinkel to the Claas plant in Omaha, Nebraska (USA), where final assembly takes place. The reason is that shipping the knocked-down machines in containers is more cost-effective than transporting complete machines by truck and ship. The Tucano will be shipped to the Krasnodar region, on the Black Sea coast in the breadbasket of Russia, where a Claas assembly plant has been in operation since 2007.

At Claas we have a long tradition in the development and construction of combine harvesters: the first Claas mower-thresher-binder (MDB), dating from 1936, was a trailed combine harvester designed to simultaneously cut and thresh the grain and to bind the straw. Claas currently produces four models in various versions in Harsewinkel: Dominator, Avero, Tucano and the top-of-the-range Lexion model.

The "little brother" of the Lexion, the Tucano, has been in production since 2008 and covers the premium segment in the upper mid-range. In the compact class the Avero and the Dominator are suitable for smaller and medium-sized farms aiming to have their own mechanised equipment. Claas manufactured its first Lexion combine harvester in 1995. In those days the 480 model was able to harvest more than 40 tons of wheat an hour. Today, 42,800 Lexions later, capacity has more than doubled. When the world record for combine harvesters was set by a Lexion 770 Terra Trac in 2011, threshing outputs of up to 120 tons per hour were achieved. It is, therefore, the most powerful combine harvester in the world.

The 100,000th Claas combine harvester rolled off the production line in 1962, the 200,000th in 1968, the 300,000th combine harvester in 1979 and the 400,000th in February 2003. Now, almost 10 years to the day later, Claas has built its 450,000th combine harvester.


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