This new Claas combine, minus model decal information, graced the Omaha headquarters lot for the company. The new Lexion 7000 Series and 8000 Series combines will join the color family with the “seed green” palette. But these machines also bring along a lot of new features, too.
Long an innovator in combines, the Lexion continues that work. The new Lexion 8000 Series will feature a 510-bushel grain tank and the 7000 Series is outfitted with a 425-bushel tank; that’s up from 385 bushels and 360 bushels, respectively. As Blake McOllough, Claas product manager, combines, explains, this upgrade in tank size boosts productivity.
There are five machines in the line: The 7400 (a Class 6 machine) features 375 hp (up from 349 for the 730 it replaces); the 7500 (Class 7) has 402 hp, which matches the horsepower for the 740 it replaces, but offers engine boost of needed power when unloading on the go — which the 740 lacked.
For the 8000 Series, there are three models: The 8800 (Class 10 machine) at 610 hp, versus 570 for the 780 it replaces; the 8700 (Class 9) has 507 hp, versus 503 hp for the 760 it replaces; and the 8600 (Class 8) has 466 hp, versus 456 in the 750.
McOllough explains that the 8600 as a Class 8 machine aims for the heart of the market. “For combines, 45% of the market is Class 8 machines, and we weren’t participating with the 750, but we are hitting it head on with the 8600,” he says.