Machinery: Claas targets emissions
From the early days of the first combine in 1936, Claas has concentrated on developing machines design-ed to achieve optimum performance in European conditions.
When it was launched in 1996, the Lexion range set a new standard for combine harvester productivity.
Twenty years later Claas has unveiled the Lexion 700 range which introduces a number of new features and improvements to the cleaning and residual grain separation systems, the straw chopper and electronics.
In good news for smaller operators, there will also be a roll-out further down the range of performance enhancing features previously only available on top-of-the-range models.
Under the bonnet, the latest Lexion 700 series combines will from next year be powered by engines that are Tier 4f emission compliant. All these latest models will be powered by Mercedes Benz engines, with the exception of the Lexion 760, which will be powered by a 12.5 litre Perkins engine.
The top-of-the-range Lexion 780 and 770 models will have maximum power outputs of 625hp and 585hp respectively, compared to 598hp and 551hp on current models.
The Lexion 750 and 740 models will be fitted with a 10.7 litre engine.
A particular feature of recent Lexion models has been the development of systems and components designed to increase performance, but use less engine power, thereby saving fuel and making more power available for other components.