Claas’s new Lexion combine is now being sold in Ontario, but with a bit of a different look.
The Lexions, redesigned for 2020, are now in the traditional Claas green colour, after years of a nod to their Caterpillar past in North America.
Jeremy Noble, who sells the combines for HJV, the dealer for Lexion combines in Ontario, says the company has made several changes to the machine to make it more efficient.
The feeder housing is now belt driven instead of chain driven, which makes the combine quieter.
The conventional combine cylinder was expanded by six inches and the impeller size was also increased by six inches. That gives the combine more tip speed and more concave length.
“We have more threshing capabilities than we had previously and it’s set even higher than what the competition has right now,” says Noble.
Unloading capacity was increased to 5.1 bushels per second. The largest bin available on the combine is up to 510 bushels.
The cab in the combine was redesigned and the monitors are fully compatible with the major software on the market, including AgLeader, Trimble and John Deere.
All together than means 15 to 18 per cent more capacity than the company has had before.
Engine size stayed the same, but Claas has switched away from Caterpillar engines, which have been on the Lexion combines for many years. They run Mercedes engines on the smaller Lexions, the 8700 and 8800 models, and a MAN engine on the 8600 model.
The change was made to get more dynamic power. There’s a full power boost on the machines now, especially valuable during unloading.
Noble says there are 40 hp available to unload. At 5.1 bushels per second for the 8000 series, it needs the power.
There’s a cross-auger system on the bin now that can be shut off, so that the unloading auger can clean out, reducing stress on the system.
“We had to do that because of the size,” he said.
The fully suspended tracks remain the standard on the Lexions. At the Compaction Action day in Elgin County — put on to showcase the compaction impact of various equipment — Noble says the 90,000 pounds of the machine went across the pressure monitors at just under nine pounds per square inch (PSI).
“It definitely helps with the compaction and the soil structure,” he says.
Noble says there have been four of the combines sold so far this season, so farmers will start to see them in the fields.
The combines for years had the Caterpillar name on them, but that was changed to Claas in 2011. With about 82 per cent of the parts redesigned for the 2020 version of the combine, Noble says it was decided it was time to change to colour to match the rest of the Claas lineup.
Noble had a new Lexion that he was able to take around to show farmers during last harvest season.
Farmers can choose their favourite headers. Claas has its own draper head, called the Convio and it is a full flex, that flexes 9.5 inches. The header has single belts on the left and the right, instead of a split belt on many headers.
He typically recommends Geringhoff corn heads for use on the combine.
According to Claas the machine also moves quickly – for a combine – at up to 40 km/h.