Claas kicked off its 100th year of harvesting by giving us a sneak-peek of its Lexion 780 combine, its largest to date. This Class 10 combine, available this fall, features a new Tier 4i-compliant engine that produces up to 590 hp with the power savings offered by a new dynamic cooling system. A redesigned feeder-house drive can handle the demands of larger chopping corn heads. Claas officials expect the throughput to be even larger than the record it set earlier of 5,300 bu./hr. with its 760 combine. Suggested list price: $757,000.
Claas gave one of its Jaguar forage harvesters a new paint job and signage. This special-edition machine is the 30,000th self-propelled forage harvester Claas has built. The company says that for every two choppers sold worldwide, at least one is a Claas. Its Jaguar product line consists of six models from 456 to 884 hp.
This baler and wrapper combo unit combines baling and plastic wrapping in one machine to save the operator time and money. The 455 Rollant Uniwrap, new for 2013, is a beefed-up model offering more capacity and 20% more bale weight. The only time the operator stops is when the bale chamber is full, and the system does the rest.
Massey Ferguson debuted the 5600 Series of tractors, a mid-range offering rated 70 to 75 PTO hp. This new series consists of two models, the MF5609 and the MF5610, both of which are designed for loader work, hay production and general on-farm use. The tractors offer the performance, efficiency, comfort and ease of operation operators need to get jobs done. Additional models will be available later in 2013.
Also new from Claas for model year 2013 is the Quadrant 3300 Roto Cut (RC) 3x4 square baler, featuring a 25-knife Roto Cut system. The unit won an AE50 engineering award for its concept design and self-knotting system. Claas says it is the only manufacturer of square balers that makes its own knotters. Suggested list price: $158,000.
Hesston by Massey Ferguson gave us a first look at a new concept header that can harvest biomass crops used in the production of fuel. The header is designed to work on a Hesston self-propelled windrower.
The product unveils continue as Farm Industry News editors continue their coverage of the 2013 Ag Connect Show at the Kansas City convention center. View the first gallery of new products from the show here.
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