With its new MAXFLEX, VARIO and CERIO attachments, CLAAS has now made its cutterbar innovations from the LEXION power category accessible to medium-sized and small farms as well. For cutterbars with working widths of 10.50 m and 12.30 m CLAAS has also introduced a 2-axle transport trolley with steered rear axle.
Last year, CLAAS introduced two new generation cutterbars featuring interesting technical innovations. These were the VARIO 930 / 770 and CERIO 930 / 770 models, which were initially available for the LEXION and TUCANO combine harvester ranges in working widths of 9.30 m and 7.70 m. Their most important features include the 700 mm variable cutterbar table length, more convenient switching from grain to rapeseed threshing, a larger intake auger and improved visibility of the cutterbar table from within the cab. CLAAS is now also offering these advantages to medium and small-sized farms and farm contractors with the introduction of the new VARIO and CERIO models with working widths of less than 7.7 m for the LEXION, TUCANO and AVERO.
Four new VARIO cutterbars
With a cutterbar table that is steplessly adjustable between -10 cm and +60 cm as well as integrated rapeseed plates, the VARIO cutterbars allow convenient switching from grain to rapeseed in just a few minutes. The crop dividers and rapeseed cutting knives can be attached and detached without the use of tools thanks to the quick-release couplings. Fitting the rapeseed cutting knives automatically activates the hydraulic pump that drives the lateral knives. The table and reel end positions are transmitted automatically from the cutterbar to the combine harvester. Even with rapeseed equipment installed, the table can still be adjusted through 15 cm in order to adapt to the harvesting conditions. The cutterbar table is operated quickly, easily and directly using the control lever in the cab. This allows the driver to respond quickly to the crop conditions at any time. With its four new VARIO 680 / 620 / 560 / 500 cutterbars, CLAAS has now made these advantages accessible to the LEXION 600, TUCANO 500, 400, 300 and AVERO 240 and 160 power categories.
Three new CERIO cutterbars
CLAAS is now also offering three new standard cutterbars for the LEXION, TUCANO and AVERO combine harvesters: the CERIO 680 / 620 / 560. The entire frame, the intake auger, the drive systems and reels of the CERIO cutterbars are identical to those used on the VARIO model series. The CERIO cutterbars also feature the automatic reel park position and the option of adjusting the table length. The latter can be adjusted manually on the cutterbar to five positions ranging between -10 cm and + 10 cm. This means that a CERIO cutterbar can also be adjusted to the respective harvesting conditions. After all, the optimisation of combine harvesting performance starts at the cutterbar. Ensuring that the feed is uniform can improve performance by up to 10 %.
Four new MAXFLEX cutterbars
A perfect harvest begins with a perfect cut. This is especially true for pulses like soya beans, peas and lentils whose pods grow almost directly on the ground. In order to eliminate losses during harvesting, the crops must be cut as low to the ground as possible. Thanks to its flexibly guided finger bar, the MAXFLEX cutterbar from CLAAS automatically adjusts to even the smallest irregularities in the ground and thus prevents the soil from being pushed up and soiling the knives. Previously, the MAXFLEX was only available for the LEXION in working widths of 12.00 m and 10.50 m. With the four new MAXFLEX 930 / 770 / 620 / 560 cutterbars, CLAAS is now also introducing a finger bar with up to 180 millimetres of flexibility for working widths of between 9.30 m and 5.60 m. In conjunction with the cutting angle adjustment on the feeder housing, take-up losses can be prevented across the entire working width even under difficult harvesting conditions. The crop dividers also move and can follow the contour of the land. During operation, the skids under the cutterbar remain in constant contact with the ground. Their round shape ensures optimal contact at every cutting angle. The MAXFLEX is not only flexible but also versatile. For use in grain, the cutterbar table can be locked mechanically or, as an alternative, hydraulically. Furthermore, sensing bars are installed underneath the cutterbar for automatic adjustment of the cutting height. The MAXFLEX is then ready for use in grain harvesting and can be used just like a conventional CERIO standard cutterbar.
The new CLAAS cutterbars are developed in Harsewinkel and produced in Törökszentmiklós, Hungary.
New 2-axle transport trolley with steered rear axle
During grain harvesting, there is no time to lose when moving from the field to the road and from crop to crop. Large cutterbars have to be able to be transported safely on the road, manoeuvred in tight spaces and loaded and unloaded easily. CLAAS has therefore introduced a new 2-axle transport trolley with 4-wheel steering for cutterbars of 10.50 m and 12.30 m working widths, which is characterised in particular by its improved towing characteristics and handling on corners. The front axle is a swing axle and can thus adjust to uneven ground. Special attachments can be installed to allow SUNSPEED, CONSPEED and CONSPEED LINEAR implements to also be transported with ease. The same applies to cutterbars with rapeseed knives. The rapeseed knives can be stowed in the transport box on the cutterbar trolley and are thus always close at hand. The new transport trolley is optionally available in a 25 km/h or 40 km/h version, braked or unbraked and with short or long drawbar. Other optional extras include spare tyres, a rotating beacon, LED lighting and end-outline marker lights.
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CLAAS Produces 300,000th Baler
In May of this year, the Usines CLAAS France baler plant produced its 300,000th machine – a ROLLANT 454 UNIWRAP round baler. It was given a special paint job to mark this production milestone and will be on show throughout Europe until the end of the year at exhibitions and product demonstrations.
Usines CLAAS France in Metz was founded and built by Reinhold Claas in 1958. Today, the factory can design and manufacture up to 5,000 CLAAS balers every year. The very first CLAAS patent, for the single knotter, also came from the Metz plant and forms the centrepiece of every single CLAAS square baler.
With the two ROLLANT and VARIANT model series, the product range from Metz includes both fixed-chamber and variable round balers as well as the QUADRANT large-square baler range. In total, the 400 plus employees at the CLAAS plant in Metz make 21 different baler models, which are used in more than 100 countries and 25 different crop types worldwide. In addition to wheat, barley and rape, CLAAS balers are used, for example, to process cotton in South Africa, peanut crops for cattle feed in America, rice in Korea, flax in eastern Europe and northern France, hemp in Germany and grasses like miscanthus and reed canary grass throughout Europe. The extreme variety of customer requirements and operating conditions make this huge number of different models necessary and CLAAS manufactures these flexibly and reliably using a mixed production system in Metz.
Some of the technical innovations from Usines CLAAS France include the tried-and-tested interactive rotor and packer tine clutch, the Power-Feeding-System for increasing throughput as well as the FINE CUT option for producing short straw using 51 knives. CLAAS has also played a pioneering role in the area of ICT (Implement Controls Tractor) with the QUADRANT 3400, which is currently the most powerful CLAAS square baler.
The 300,000th baler, a ROLLANT 454 UNIWRAP, is characterised by its enormous throughput potential, the PRO cutting floor which is designed to prevent blockages as well as its integrated high-performance wrapper. This machine was designed for heavy-duty use by farm contractors and has developed a good reputation in this market segment in recent years.
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CLAAS and Konekesko strengthen their co-operation in Finland and the Baltic States
CLAAS, one of the world's leading agricultural machinery manufacturers, and Konekesko Ltd., one of the leading machinery trade companies in Finland and the Baltic States have agreed on strengthening their co-operation in Finland and the Baltic states.
CLAAS and Konekesko have signed new long-term distribution contracts for all the four countries. As of January 2016, CLAAS distributor Konekesko, a subsidiary of the Finnish Kesko Corporation, will begin working exclusively with CLAAS in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in respect of agricultural tractors, combine harvesters, self-propelled forage harvesters, agricultural telehandlers and green line machinery. In addition, CLAAS tractors will be also introduced to the Finnish market as early as October 2015, at the Tampere Trade Show.
Mr. Timo Virtanen, President of Konekesko summarised the result of the agreement: "We will in the future have deeper co-operation with CLAAS in agricultural machinery. As the variety of products on the market grows, focusing on one core brand is a key step which will allow us to operate even more successfully. We have already been enjoying a successful partnership with the family-run company CLAAS for over two decades and we see excellent growth prospects for the future especially in growing Baltic markets."
Mr. Jens Skifter, CLAAS Regional Director, added: "We are continuing to successfully implement our strategy of exclusivity in Europe and we are delighted to be able to continue exclusively with an extremely strong long term CLAAS partner in this region in the form of Konekesko. We see good opportunities to further increase our market share, particularly in the area of tractors. With their market launch in Finland, CLAAS tractors will now be represented in every country of Europe."
Director of the Agricultural Machinery Division of Konekesko, Mr. Jukka Keltto, who will be responsible for implementing the exclusive brand strategy, says: "We are delighted to be able to further strengthen our partnership. CLAAS is already the European leader in harvesting machinery. Over the past 12 years, their tractors have also developed into a true premium brand. Konekesko has already a big number of satisfied CLAAS tractor customers in Baltics. In addition, launching CLAAS tractors in Finland is a great growth opportunity. It does not have any immediate effect to other Konekesko brands in Finland".
CLAAS tractors will make their first appearance in Finland at the agricultural machinery exhibition in Tampere on 8th. October 2015. Mr. Marek Görlich, CLAAS Regional Manager, is looking forward to it: "Finnish customers have been asking about our tractors more and more for some years now. Soon, the entire CLAAS product range will finally be available there. With the focus on one major brand Konekesko is the best option for professional sales and aftersales business to meet the requirements of our customer.”