CLAAS of America has launched the all-new LEXION 6000 series straw walker combines with two new models, targeted for small grain crops, such as wheat and canola.
The straw walker combines will make it easier for farmers who want efficient separation without over threshing grain or damaging straw.
Blake McOllough, product manager for combines with CLAAS of America says this launch will bring the straw walker series up to par with the hybrid combines that were launched in 2019 — the LEXION 7000/8000 series. He notes the main difference between the series is the separation action that is happening within the machine.
“On the hybrids, we are using our rotors to separate, which is going to give us a lot more endless capacity of separation,” McOllough explains. “What’s really changed on the walkers is the addition of a separation cylinder, that’s going to give us more separation capacity — with the APS Synflow walker threshing and separation system — that we may have not had on our previous conventional machine, but we’re really getting some more capacity through on this machine.”
The two new models — the LEXION 6800 and 6900 — will provide up to 25 per cent more throughput vs. previous models, and have a transport speed of 40 km/h. They will provide in-cab conversion capabilities to make it easier to switch between crops when needed — reducing crop conversion time by more than 50 per cent.
McOllough says the straw walkers do especially well in the western Canadian market, because they are fit for small grains and heavy chaff loads.
“It’s very gentle on the chaff as well, which is going to make it easier to separate and clean after it gets through the threshing area. So the straw walker combine has always been able to thrive in western Canadian conditions, and this combine is only going to get better with that.”
Limited production is available for the 2020 season, with full production expected to roll out in 2021.
Check out the full conversation between Blake McOllough and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below: