On farm tests of the Claas Lexion 8900 conducted on two UK farms during harvest suggest it is one of the most fuel efficient combine harvesters – as well as having one of the highest capacities.
Harvesting both the headland and the main body of the fields the Lexion 8900 recorded fuel consumption figures as low as 0.95 litres/tonne while maintaining an average throughput of 94 tonnes/hour.
The test was conducted over the course of three days working in Northumberland and Perth. Claas says it was carried in less than ideal conditions that were typical of those experienced by many farmers during harvest 2020.
“We wanted the assessment as far as possible to realistically reflect the efficiency of the new Lexion 8900 in a true farm environment,” said Adam Hayward, Claas UK product manager for combine harvesters.
Using telematics data Claas UK has also analysed total fuel consumption figures for all the Lexion 8900 combines working in the UK this year. This showed that for all engine hours, total fuel consumption averaged just 66 litres/hour.
Fuel consumption for the Lexion 780 and its replacement the Lexion 8800 were also analysed. At 65 litres/hour, the Lexion 8800 was 3 litres/hour more efficient, which equates to a saving of £378 with red diesel at 42ppl over a typical 300 engine hours per season.
In a 38ha wheat crop yielding 12.57t/ha, the Lexion maintained an overall average throughput of 94t/ha, including the headlands. It used 11.98 litre/ha or 0.95l/t. In a 27ha block of wheat yielding 7.84t/ha, fuel use was just 8.88l/ha or 1.15l/t.
“Fuel is a major running cost,” says Mr Hayward.
“While the Lexion 8900 may be one of the most powerful combines on the market, these assessments demonstrate how modern technology all help to also make it one of the most fuel efficient combines on the market.”