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CLAAS Celebrates Half a Million Combine Harvesters

HAR/Omaha. CLAAS is celebrating half a million combine harvesters built since 1936 - and is producing several anniversary machines from the LEXION, TRION, EVION and DOMINATOR lines at three production facilities on three continents. Two anniversary machines (LEXION combines) will roll off the production line in Omaha Nebraska, bound for farms in the US and Canada.

These specially badged machines will be on display at trade shows, field days and demonstrations in the coming weeks and months.

European Pioneer of Combine Harvester Production

CLAAS has been one of the key pacesetters in combine harvester development for many decades. From 1936 onwards, the Harsewinkel, Germany-based family company produced grain harvesting equipment in Europe starting with a machine known as a mowing-threshing-binder, or M.D.B. for short. In 1946 CLAAS took a big step forward with the SUPER series, which was much more refined than its predecessor. As the series evolved, it was available with add-on engines starting in 1953 and with a hydraulic cutting unit drive starting in 1958, under its the new moniker SUPER AUTOMATIC. More than 60,000 copies of the SUPER were marketed worldwide, even finding buyers in Canada and Uruguay.

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