CLAAS has built its 40,000th JAGUAR model at the Harsewinkel plant.
Since the start of production of its first JAGUAR model series in 1973, the company has developed into the world market leader in self-propelled forage harvesters. Innovative solutions and outstanding efficiency have defined the JAGUAR success story over the course of four decades. The latest example: a Gold Innovation Award for the JAGUAR TERRA TRAC at the SIMA agribusiness show in Paris.
The rapid increase in maize cultivation at the end of the 1960s called for ever more productive harvesting technology while attached implements and trailed units were reaching their performance limits. CLAAS was quick to recognise the potential of this segment and, in June 1973, started manufacturing a high-performance self-propelled forage harvester, the JAGUAR 60 SF. This was followed just three years later, in 1976, by the JAGUAR 80 SF with a number of significant enhancements: the ability to separate the chopping cylinder and the intake roller, a discharge blower and an automatic guidance system. Following the expansion of the range to include the JAGUAR 70 SF, the next generation comprising four models was introduced in 1983. With sales of more than 7,000 units, the JAGUAR 690, 680, 685 and 675 made CLAAS the market leader in Europe. Five years later, the line-up had been extended to comprise six models with engine outputs between 354 hp and 215 hp.
The JAGUAR 800 model series made its debut in small-scale pre-series production in 1993. The engines of the new model series, whose outputs ranged from 228 kW (310 hp) to 354 kW (481 hp), were fitted transversely behind the steering axle, thereby enabling simple, direct drive systems, an optimal supply of cooling air and easy access to the interior of the machine.
This innovative configuration set the standard for the advanced forage harvesters used around the world today. Thanks to the favourable drive axle loading, it became possible for the first time to fit eight-row maize front attachments. An accelerator was placed directly behind the Corncracker to speed up the flow of chopped material.
The JAGUAR 900 series introduced in the 2008 season offered outstanding performance and supreme chop quality. The new models were equipped with a wide range of engine outputs, a new, intelligent engine control system, continuous moisture measurement, the convenience of the CEBIS system and a new V-MAX chopping cylinder. The AUTO-FILL automatic filling system in the JAGUAR 900 was awarded a gold medal at Agritechnica 2009. This system provides a simpler, automatically controlled wagon-filling process, significantly reducing the operator’s workload.
The latest member of the CLAAS JAGUAR family, having joined it in 2018, is the JAGUAR 960 TERRA TRAC. This is the first forage harvester to feature a factory-integrated crawler track system. The new concept offers optimal soil protection under all conditions while remaining narrow enough for on-road travel. An intelligent headland protection system prevents damage to the grass cover and enables year-round operation.
With twelve models in two model series, CLAAS offers a comprehensive line-up of self-propelled forage harvesters for every area of application. Since the start of JAGUAR production, CLAAS has also been developing the headers, placing great emphasis on optimal crop flow and maximum efficiency. Currently the cutterbar DIRECT DISC, the PICK UP and the corn header ORBIS are available.
The 40,000th JAGUAR has rolled off the production line on TERRA TRAC crawler tracks and with a special design on the side panels. This milestone in production will also be marked by the deployment around the world of demonstration machines bearing the big cat design on the side.