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Claas celebrates 20 years of high performance swather

August 8, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

Claas is celebrating 20 years of the world’s first four-rotor swather – the Liner 3000 – which enabled farmers and contractors to speed up grass harvesting.

The design concept was to eliminate the swathing bottleneck, and allow the capacity of the forage harvesting convoy to be fully utilised. Today’s four-rotor Liner 4000 and 3600 models remain a byword for productivity, forage quality, user convenience and reliability.

With the Liner 3000, Claas engineers doubled the productivity of two-rotor swathers in the years following its introduction in 1999, so increasing the capacity of the entire harvesting chain. In a single pass, the machine could swathe crops over a working width of up to 12.50m.

The box shape allowed optimum crop flow for the forage harvester following up behind. Farmers and contractors reported 30% higher productivity in the forage harvesting chain, thanks to higher chopping rates and less downtime.

The Liner 4000, with a working width of 15.50 m, was added to the range in 2009, and in 2011 the highly successful Liner 3000 was replaced with the Liner 3500 – followed by the Liner 3600 in 2015.

With working widths from 9.90m to 15.50m and swath widths from 1.20m to 2.60m, these machines adapt easily to different forage materials and all commonly used pick-ups. Specially developed silage tines ensure clean and complete crop pick-up at all times.

The swather cam track is designed to withstand the heaviest loads, thanks to its graphite cast iron construction. The large diameter and gradual rise of the cam track ensures smooth-running tine arms and clean raking for long periods, with no material fatigue.

Subject to individual country requirements, the machine can travel to the next work location at speeds of up to 50kph. The road transport height remains less than 4.0m, without needing to get out of the cab or remove any tine arms.