Bigger crops along with the need to reduce labor needs have long been a driving force for larger equipment. Claas has been leading that charge with its combine line since it launched the first Class VIII machine back in 2004; followed by the first Class IX machine. Now comes the Class X, top end of the new 700-Series line rolled out in time for the fall farm shows.
While the Big 770 will get a lot of attention, the new Lexion combine line offers a host of other features that'll get attention of combine buyers no matter what size you're seeking. The line includes five 700-model machines, along with the 670 straw walker model.
First thing you may notice when you see the machines is that the look definitely says Claas. While Caterpillar dealers are an important part of the marketing and support for these machines, the new combines definitely say Lexion is a Claas machine. The company could only use the Cat branding for a few years after the two parted ways a few years ago.
Second, is the cab which is big. The roomy operator station gives you easy access to the Cebis control system - long a Lexion staple - that's been upgraded in the new line. In addition, Lexion has teamed with Ag Leader and has integrated that technology into the combine - so users can upgrade to the latest in precision ag technology and auto-steering capabilities easily.
In addition, Lexion is adding telematic capabilities that will allow you to manage and monitor machines remotely. That system can also help dealer support machines since the telematic system can report equipment issues and dealers can alert farmers in case action is needed.
Finally, you'll see enhanced heads for this machine including a new draper header with an aggressive material handling design aimed at bringing in the biggest crops.
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Lexion has always offered track machines in and the Terra Trac system is further improved for the 700 series line. This third-generation system has two hydraulic dampening cylinders and the ability to flex over varied terrain. In the latest design, that hydraulic system is built into the track (when first introduced it was an outboard system).
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