CLAAS
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Claas is an agricultural machinery manufacturer founded in 1913, now based in Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel is a town in Gütersloh District in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It lies on the river Ems, some 15 km north-west of Gütersloh....

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. Their agricultural products are usually sold under the Claas name, except in North America where combines are distributed under the Lexion
Lexion
Lexion is the name of a Combine harvester produced by in the U.S. and Claas/Germany .-History:The facility opened in 2001 as a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. and the combines were originally marketed as Caterpillar combines, with Lexion as the model...

 brand by Caterpillar
Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Inc. , also known as "CAT", designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery and engines and sells financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas...

 dealers. The product range includes combine harvester
Combine harvester
The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. The name derives from the fact that it combines three separate operations, reaping, threshing, and winnowing, into a single process. Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn ,...

s, forage harvester
Forage harvester
A forage harvester is a farm implement that harvests forage plants to make silage. Silage is grass, corn or other plant that has been chopped into small pieces, and compacted together in a storage silo, silage bunker, or in silage bags. The silage is then fermented to provide feed for livestock...

s, baler
Baler
A baler is a piece of farm machinery used to compress a cut and raked crop into compact bales that are easy to handle, transport and store...

s, mower
Mower
A mower is a machine for cutting grass or other plants that grow on the ground. Usually mowing is distinguished from reaping, which uses similar implements, but is the traditional term for harvesting grain crops, e.g...

s, rakes, tedder
Tedder (machine)
A tedder is a machine used in haymaking. It is used after cutting and before windrowing, and uses moving forks to airate or "fluff up" the hay and thus speed-up the process of hay-making...

s and other harvesting machines. In 2004, Claas purchased the Renault Agriculture tractor division from the Renault
Renault
Renault S.A. is a French automaker producing cars, vans, and in the past, autorail vehicles, trucks, tractors, vans and also buses/coaches. Its alliance with Nissan makes it the world's third largest automaker...

 company of France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, becoming 100% owned by Claas in 2008.
The start of the Claas group took place in 1913, when August Claas developed the company in Clarholz, Germany.
Encyclopedia
Claas is an agricultural machinery manufacturer founded in 1913, now based in Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel is a town in Gütersloh District in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It lies on the river Ems, some 15 km north-west of Gütersloh....

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. Their agricultural products are usually sold under the Claas name, except in North America where combines are distributed under the Lexion
Lexion
Lexion is the name of a Combine harvester produced by in the U.S. and Claas/Germany .-History:The facility opened in 2001 as a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. and the combines were originally marketed as Caterpillar combines, with Lexion as the model...

 brand by Caterpillar
Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Inc. , also known as "CAT", designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery and engines and sells financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas...

 dealers. The product range includes combine harvester
Combine harvester
The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. The name derives from the fact that it combines three separate operations, reaping, threshing, and winnowing, into a single process. Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn ,...

s, forage harvester
Forage harvester
A forage harvester is a farm implement that harvests forage plants to make silage. Silage is grass, corn or other plant that has been chopped into small pieces, and compacted together in a storage silo, silage bunker, or in silage bags. The silage is then fermented to provide feed for livestock...

s, baler
Baler
A baler is a piece of farm machinery used to compress a cut and raked crop into compact bales that are easy to handle, transport and store...

s, mower
Mower
A mower is a machine for cutting grass or other plants that grow on the ground. Usually mowing is distinguished from reaping, which uses similar implements, but is the traditional term for harvesting grain crops, e.g...

s, rakes, tedder
Tedder (machine)
A tedder is a machine used in haymaking. It is used after cutting and before windrowing, and uses moving forks to airate or "fluff up" the hay and thus speed-up the process of hay-making...

s and other harvesting machines. In 2004, Claas purchased the Renault Agriculture tractor division from the Renault
Renault
Renault S.A. is a French automaker producing cars, vans, and in the past, autorail vehicles, trucks, tractors, vans and also buses/coaches. Its alliance with Nissan makes it the world's third largest automaker...

 company of France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, becoming 100% owned by Claas in 2008.

History

The start of the Claas group took place in 1913, when August Claas developed the company in Clarholz, Germany. In 1919, the business was transferred to Harsewinkel, Germany, where the company focused on the production of reapers. Two years later the company obtained their first patent – for a knotter to efficiently bind straw. In 1930, the first Harvester was developed with the European market in mind with the first Pick-up Baler following in 1934. In 1936 Claas starts to market the first combine harvester built in Europe, as opposed to imported machines previously available. They then go on to off trailed combine harvester (reaper-binder) to the European market.

In 1946, following the war, Claas introduce self-propelled combine harvesters. By the mid 50s they open a new factory in Paderborn
Paderborn
Paderborn is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader, which originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.-History:...

, Germany, and their first outside Germany – in Metz
Metz
Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers.Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region and prefecture of the Moselle department. Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany, and Luxembourg, Metz forms a central place...

, France in 1962. Claas took over Josef Bautz, (agricultural machinery factory) in 1969 and expanded the product range to include green harvest machinery.

Modern era 1970s

  • 1971 Development of a pick-up sugar cane harvester.
  • 1973 Presentation of the first self- propelled forage harvester.
  • 1976 Introduction of the first Claas round baler Rollant.
  • 1983 Introduction of Jaguar self-propelled forage harvesters.
  • 1988 Claas presents Quadrant, the first Claas large-square baler.
  • 1994 Start of development of Agrocom a computer based, satellite-assisted, agricultural information system.
  • 1995 Claas introduces the Lexion combine, the most powerful combine in the world (up to 40 tonnes of grain per hour).

The New Millennium

  • 2001 Claas Omaha/COL opened in 2001 and starts to produce the Lexion combine series. North American Lexion
    Lexion
    Lexion is the name of a Combine harvester produced by in the U.S. and Claas/Germany .-History:The facility opened in 2001 as a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. and the combines were originally marketed as Caterpillar combines, with Lexion as the model...

     combines are distributed as CAT
    Caterpillar Inc.
    Caterpillar Inc. , also known as "CAT", designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery and engines and sells financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas...

     Lexion by Caterpillar
    Caterpillar Inc.
    Caterpillar Inc. , also known as "CAT", designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery and engines and sells financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas...

     dealers.
  • 2003 Claas acquires Renault Agriculture and expands its product range with tractor
    Tractor
    A tractor is a vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction...

    s.
  • 2005 Claas open a new factory in Krasnodar in South Russia. Launch of Lexion 600 Combine.
  • 2006 Claas manufactures the 80,000th Rollant baler, and launch of the Axion tractor.
  • 2007 Claas launches Tucano combine, larger Jaguar from 630 hp - 830 hp, Arion Tractor 112 hp- 175 hp and larger Xerion 379 hp.

Tractors

  • Nectis: 54 - 99 hp
  • Celtis: 72 - 100 hp
  • Axos: 100 - 120 hp
  • Ares 500: 100 - 120 hp
  • Ares 600: 110 - 140 hp
  • Ares 800: 158 - 193 hp
  • Arion: 112 hp - 175 hp
  • Axion
    Claas Axion
    The Claas Axion is a tractor built by the Claas-owned former Renault tractor plant at Le Mans. The 163 - 225 hp tractor containing a John Deere engine and the Hexashift transmission with four ranges and six powershift stages. In its earliest stages of production it was known by its codename ET 97....

    : 163 hp - 225 hp
  • Altes: 226 - 275 hp
  • Xerion Saddle Trac: 305 hp
  • Xerion Trac: 304 hp - 500 hp

Combines

  • Claas Dominator (An older Dominator was used for a Top Gear challenge in the Series 16, Episode 5 of the TV show Top Gear.)
  • Claas Medion
  • Claas Mega
  • Claas Tucano
  • Claas Lexion
    Lexion
    Lexion is the name of a Combine harvester produced by in the U.S. and Claas/Germany .-History:The facility opened in 2001 as a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. and the combines were originally marketed as Caterpillar combines, with Lexion as the model...

     560-510
  • Claas Lexion 580-570
  • Claas Lexion 600
  • Lexion 595R/590
  • Lexion 585R/580R
  • Lexion 575R/570R
  • Lexion 560R
  • Lexion 570
  • Lexion 560
  • Lexion 600
  • Crop Tiger

Forage Harvesting Machinery

  • Forage Harvester: Jaguar
    Claas Jaguar
    Claas Jaguar is a self propelled forage harvester that is built by German farm machinery company Claas and is powered by a DaimlerChrysler diesel engine. Models are identified by numbers, current models are numbered 830, 850, 870, 890 and 900, and range from 254 kW to 458 kW...

  • Mowers: Disco, Corto, Cougar
    Claas Cougar
    The Claas Cougar is a self-propelled mower produced by the German agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas. The mower, which is named after the cougar, a large American cat, was first presented in 2003...

  • Tedding: Trailed and self powered
  • Swathing
  • Loading
  • Balers
  • Telehandler: Scorpion

Claas Museum

The Claas Museum is located in the Claas Technoparc in Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel
Harsewinkel is a town in Gütersloh District in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It lies on the river Ems, some 15 km north-west of Gütersloh....

, Germany
Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, and features a display of history harvesting machines and agriculture equipment. Visitation is during working days only.

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