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Press release

LEXION 8000 and 7000: New high-performance combine harvesters with up to 790 hp

The new APS SYNFLOW HYBRID threshing unit forms the heart of the LEXION 8000 and 7000. Their engine output of up to 790 hp/581 kW takes the new models into a new performance class.

An intuitive control concept and a new cab provide a very high degree of comfort. DYNAMIC POWER adjusts the engine output to the operating conditions and ensures outstanding fuel efficiency.

The new heart: APS SYNFLOW HYBRID

APS SYNFLOW HYBRID continues the successful concept of a combination of a tangential threshing unit with a pre-accelerator drum and axial secondary separation. The diameter of the threshing drum with 10 rasp bars is increased to 755 mm. It is followed by a new, larger feeder drum with a diameter of 600 mm. The width of the unit is 1,700 mm in the 8000-series models and 1,420 mm in the 7000-series models. The large diameter of the threshing drum creates a low contact angle of 132°. These characteristics, together with the synchronisation of the drum speeds, enable a straight, gentle and fuel-saving crop flow.

For fast adaptation to all crop types and operating conditions, all the threshing concave segments are adjusted hydraulically and in parallel in CEBIS. An overload protection system provides protection against blockages. A concave bar can be pivoted into the crop flow ahead of the threshing drum. This allows the aggressiveness of the unit to be controlled extremely precisely. As with all other threshing unit parameters, the control system for the bar is integrated in CEMOS AUTOMATIC. All the concave segments are accessible from the side and can be replaced easily. With drum speeds of between 160 and 920 rpm, APS SYNFLOW HYBRID is suitable for all threshing crops.

JET STREAM cleaning and new QUANTIMETER

The JET STREAM cleaning system with a greater sieve area works with six or eight turbine fans, depending on the model. A dual ventilated step performs intensive pre-cleaning. The long flow compensation channel delivers a high-pressure airflow to the sieves. The sieves and fan can be adjusted electrically from the cab. With the 4D function, the cleaning system can actively compensate for side slopes of up to 20 %.

The new QUANTIMETER works with an impact plate at the grain elevator delivery point and measures the yield without requiring the thousand grain weight. Only one calibration process is required annually per crop type and this can be performed from the cab. As the various calibration factors for different crop types can be stored very easily, crop type changes can be performed quickly.

New dimensions for grain tank and unloading tube

With grain tank volumes of between 18,000 and 10,000 litres, the new LEXION 8000 and 7000 can be equipped optimally for every application. The grain tank can now be accessed easily and safely from the rear. This means, for example, that the auger baffle plates can now be adjusted for changing conditions and crop types very quickly without tools. An optional unloading assistance feature, which is available for crops such as grass which have a tendency to cause bridging, guarantees reliable unloading, even under difficult conditions.

Seven different unloading tubes up to 12 m long and with throughput rates between 110 l/s and 130 l/s are available. In addition, a version with 180 l/s is available for the LEXION 8900, 8800 & 8700. In order to enable precise filling of the transport vehicles, the unloading rate for this version can be halved to 90 l/s. A hydraulically actuated dry clutch modulates the unloading drives for a gentle start-up. When unloading is stopped, the feed augers in the grain tank are automatically deactivated first in order to empty the unloading tube completely, thereby reducing significantly the weight load and the degree of wear.

The unloading tube of the new LEXION has a forward pivot angle of 105°. This means that the operator has an excellent view of the unloading process from the cab.

Intuitive operation and more comfort

The new LEXION cab design provides the operator with a state-of-the-art workplace with more space and improved sound insulation. A clear operating concept with the CEBIS terminal makes it possible to work intuitively with the machine. The most important functions are integrated in the armrest where they are clearly laid out. The armrest and the CEBIS terminal can be adjusted independently of each other to meet the operator's needs. For an optimal view of the front attachment, the terminal can also be moved all the way to the right where it is out of the field of view. A new steering column also allows the steering wheel to be adjusted optimally to suit the operator.

The operator has three ways of adjusting the machine settings: via the CEBIS touchscreen, with the  rotary/push switch on the CEBIS control panel, or by using the side buttons on the armrest for direct access. The new, ergonomic C-MOTION ground speed control lever places all the principal functions for the front attachment and the unloading process at the operator's fingertips. It is also possible for the operator to switch between different CEBIS views without having to remove their hand from the lever.

Many functions, such as the speed reduction for the threshing drum or the straw chopper, can be actuated from the cab. Fast changeovers for handling a very wide range of crops are also made easier by the straightforward procedure for replacing threshing concave elements.

Precision through advanced technology

Once again in the new LEXION, CEMOS AUTOMATIC adjusts the machine settings automatically for optimal throughput and top threshing quality. New functions of the LEXION, such as the threshing concave flap and the concave bar, are integrated in the system and are therefore also under automatic control.

The new electronic architecture includes the laser-based FIELD SCANNER which steers the machine along the edge of the crop to the left or right or along the tramline. Integrated in the cab roof, it uses the signal from the automatic front attachment detection function to adjust its response in accordance with the CLAAS front attachment fitted. The FIELD SCANNER hardware comes from the automotive sector where it is widely used.

The new LEXION can, of course, also use TELEMATICS for optimal integration in the farm management software.

Engines now with DYNAMIC POWER

The new LEXION 8000 and 7000 models are equipped with MAN and Mercedes-Benz engines in accordance with the CLAAS POWER SYSTEMS concept. They develop outputs between 790 hp/581 kW in the LEXION 8900 and 408 hp/300 kW in the LEXION 7400. This means that the LEXION 8900 can call on an extra 150 hp/110 kW compared with the LEXION 780. Compliance with the Stage V emission standard is ensured through the use of diesel particulate filters and SCR catalytic converters.

DYNAMIC POWER is now also available in the LEXION and adjusts the engine output flexibly in accordance with the operating conditions. This involves the flexible adjustment of the engine power curve in 10 steps. When the power requirement is low, a lower curve is selected; if the power requirement increases, during unloading, for example, the system switches to a higher curve to make more power available. This flexible adjustment leads to significant fuel savings whenever maximum output is not required.

The new drive concept of the LEXION is designed for maximum reliability. It requires fewer belt drives, all the variators have been reinforced and can be connected to the central lubrication system. DYNAMIC COOLING is standard in all new LEXION models and provides uniform cooling while reducing the cleaning effort required for the air filter.

With REMOTE SERVICE, the operator receives optimal, immediate support to keep any downtime as short as possible.

With the exception of the LEXION 7400, all new models are available with suspended TERRA TRAC crawler tracks and a 40 km/h top speed for maximum soil protection and comfort in the field as well as fast transport. All models can be supplied as wheeled versions which can be fitted with tyres up to a diameter of 2.15 m (42 inches) on the front axle and up to 1.75 m (34 inches for LEXION 8900 and 8800) on the rear axle.

LEXION 8000/7000 models at a glance

LEXION 8000, 1,700 mm drum width

 

LEXION

Engine

Displace- ment

Output

Grain tank

Unloading

8900 TERRA TRAC

8900

MAN D42

16.2 l

790 hp 581 kW

18,000 l**

15.000 l*

13,500 l

180 l/s

 

8800 TERRA TRAC

8800

Mercedes Benz OM 473 LA

15.6 l

653 hp

480 kW

15,000 l*

13,500 l

180 l/s

 

8700 TERRA TRAC

8700

Mercedes Benz OM 473 LA

15.6 l

585 hp

430 kW

13,500 l*

12,500 l

180 l/s*

110 l/s

*) Option, **) Option with TERRA TRAC

 

LEXION 7000, 1,420 mm drum width

 

LEXION

Engine

Displace- ment

Output

Grain tank

Unloading

7700 TERRA TRAC

7700

MAN D26

12.4

549 hp

404 kW

13,500 l*

12,500 l

180 l/s*

130 l/s

7600 TERRA TRAC

7600

MAN D26

12.4

507 hp

373 kW

12,500 l*

11,000 l

130 l/s*

110 l/s

7500 TERRA TRAC

7500

Mercedes Benz OM 470 LA

10.7 l

462 hp

340 kW

11,000 l*

10,000 l

130 l/s*

110 l/s

7400

Mercedes Benz OM 470 LA

10.7 l

408 hp

300 kW

10,000 l

110 l/s

*) Option