Machinery and Equipment: 21 years on, Claas delivers the 50,000th Lexion combine

One of the first of the 50,000 Lexions to roll off the Claas assembly line in Harsewinkel, Germany.

The 50,000th Lexion has rolled off the Claas assembly line in Harsewinkel, Germany.

Many hands contribute to the success story of the Lexion.

More than 50,000 parts, 4,000m of electrical cable, and 215m of hydraulic lines, are installed inside each high-capacity combine harvester.

The first Lexion combine harvester was introduced in 1995, after almost one decade of development.

The first 400 series offered farmers new high levels of performance with its unique residual grain separation system, and drivers could utilise high-end on-board computers with GPS and Laser Pilot steering systems.

It only took six years after its introduction to the market for the 10,000th large combine harvester to roll off the assembly line. This was a 415 horse power Lexion 480 with rubber tracks, and grain harvesting capacity of 40t/hour.

In 2003, the Lexion 500 series introduced larger harvesting capacities, and refined technical systems, such as adjustable rotor flaps for adapting the separation area, and a quick stop for front-mounted attachments.

Only two years later, Claas launched the 600 series which, with a grain harvesting capacity of up to 70t/hour, provided farmers with a further increase in efficiency.

In 2010, production of the largest Lexion 700 combine harvesters commenced.

These can travel at up to 40 km/hour on the road, and work with cutterbars up to 12.3m wide in a soil and resource friendly manner.

The Lexion 700 has high-performance software which documents the harvesting process and provides accurate information to the driver.

With the Lexion 780 in 2013, Claas set a new milestone in the history of combine harvesters.

Besides a grain tank with a capacity of 13,500 litres, it is equipped with ground-breaking integrated driver assistance.

The software controls specific default values set by the farmer, and after a short period of time, it finds the optimum settings for the threshing systems.

These optimum settings are checked on a per-second basis and adapted continuously, taking into consideration changing harvesting conditions during the day.

The Lexion 700, which now features a four-dimensional cleaning system and automatic crop flow control , received the ‘Machine of the Year 2016’ award at Agritechnica, the world’s largest agricultural technology fair.


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