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My day with a Lexion

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Wehrspann takes the new Claas Lexion combine for a test drive.

If you’re thinking about buying a combine, Claas wants you to give a Lexion a try. Literally. Last week, at its a factory headquarters in Omaha, NE, Claas of America hosted close to 100 would-be customers and their dealers to drive a few of their newest Lexion models and get a first-hand feel for German-American engineering.

Claas, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is a company known for its combines and forage harvesters. Each year, the company chisels out about a week to show prospective buyers the vehicle features that it says warrant the $600,000-plus price tag on the largest models. They call the event, Adventures in the Field.”

“The purpose of today is to give farmers a feel for the Lexion combine,” says Christopher Girodat, product specialist for Claas of America. “Once they get behind the wheel and experience the features, we think they’ll want to invest.”

Girodat says that one thing that sets its combines apart from other players in this highly competitive market is its hybrid threshing system, called APS, or Accelerated Pre-separation System, which separates nearly 30% of the grain before it hits the concave. Claas officials say the APS threshing system, with its industry-leading throughput, helped the company set the world record for harvesting corn in 2011, when its Lexion 760 processed 51,153 bushels in 10 hours.

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“With the APS system, you have three-drum threshing upfront and dual rotors in the back, which provides a lot of separation area,” Girodat explains. “And it allows you to fine-tune your adjustments, too. If you need more threshing or less threshing, you can change the rotor speed without having to slow down the separator speed. Couple that with our jet stream cleaning and you get a lot of capacity with our machines--almost to the point that our throughput compares more closely to competitive machines that are one class size larger than ours.”

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