Those are great benefits, and on the 750, Claas has ramped up those improvements for an interesting feature. "With the 750 we have the ability to go 25 miles per hour," says Bob Armstrong, marketing director, Claas. "Actually, that's 24.9 miles per hour." He notes that the rising need to move equipment longer distance as farms grow was what drove Claas to push the speed envelope for that Class VIII machine.
The five-machine 700 series line - with the company's APS Hybrid System threshing setup combines the accelerated preseparation - or APS - with the Roto-plus axial system to clean the crop.
Picking your combine class
Now ranging from Class VI to Class X the Lexion line can currently lay claim to being the widest ranging choice of harvesters. Grain tank sizes range from 280 for the 670 straw walker model to 360 for the top end 770.
Here's a quick rundown of the models and key features - to figure out the class for the machine just add three to the middle model number. For example, the 730 is a Class VI machine - 3 plus 3 is 6.
730 - Power comes from a Caterpillar C9 inline-six cylinder diesel with 311 horsepower. Grain tank size is 300 bushels.
740 - Caterpillar C9 engine, 350 hp. Grain tank at 300 bushels.
750 - Caterpillar C13 inline-six cylinder engine, 425 hp. Grain tank at 330 bushels. This model also features the option (with the Terra Trac system) to move at road speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
760 - Caterpillar C13 engine, 462 hp. Grain tank is 360 bushels.
770 - Mercedes Benz OM 502 LA V8 diesel, 523 hp engine. Grain tank size is 360 bushels. This is a Class X machine, the largest available to the market today.
New draper head
The new machines get a host of new header options. One that will catch the eye of many small-grain producers is the MAXFLO draper header. Draper headers are becoming very popular and a competitive point in the harvest market as well.
This Claas entry features a new intake system that uses intake augers rather than the traditional center-feed belt. Compression augers are mounted laterally onto the intake auger, which the company says provides a natural flow into the feeder housing.
The new draper head is available in 35- and 40-foot widths.
Of course there are new corn heads as well - both are chopping models. There's the 18-row, 20-inch chopping head and the 12-row, 22-inch model. Claas can lay claim to being the first with a 16-row head, the 18-row just expands the line.
You can learn more about these combines by visiting ClaasofAmerica.com.
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