Cropping

CLAAS LEXION 7000/8000 series raises the bar for harvesting performance

By Rodney Woods

With its revolutionary APS SYNFLOW threshing system and cutting-edge operating systems, the all-new CLAAS LEXION 7000/8000 series raises the bar for harvesting performance.

CLAAS claims the new series delivers 10 per cent more capacity than its existing 700 range, which is already acknowledged as the world’s most productive and efficient combine harvester.

CLAAS Harvest Centre Echuca dealer principal Brendan Caffery said the 7000/8000 was more productive, more efficient and easier to operate than ever before.

“This is not a new series — it’s effectively a new machine,” he said.

“Every aspect has been re-engineered to meet the needs of today’s grain producers — increased efficiency and ease of operation and reduced downtime and operating costs.”

Launched in 1995 after more than a decade in development, LEXION was the first combine harvester to feature the unique HYBRID threshing and separation system.

The accelerated pre-separation system smoothly accelerates crop flow to 20 metres/second across all concave areas, meaning 70 per cent of separation occurs before the crop even reaches the twin longitudinal rotors.

“At the time, the HYBRID system was rightly recognised as a breakthrough in harvesting technology,” Mr Caffery said.

“It allows LEXION to operate more efficiently and longer in all harvesting conditions and crop types.

“CLAAS is still the only manufacturer to offer both systems in the one machine.

“The new APS SYNFLOW system takes this technology to a whole new level.”

The first three models in the series — the 7600, 7700 and 8700 — are fitted with the reliable and super-efficient 12.5 litre six-cylinder Perkins 2206D engine, which delivers maximum power of 461hp, 524hp and 571hp, respectively.

The 8800 model is equipped with a 15.6 litre six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 473 LA engine delivering 653hp.