In 1913, August Claas founded a straw-knitting company in the town of Hercebrock. Subsequently, the brothers Bernhard, Franz and Theo joined in the case. Therefore, the name of the company comes from then on - “Claas Brothers”. After 6 years, they bought an old brick factory in Harzenwinkel, where they continued to produce their products. Subsequently, in the 1920s, the company began to produce mineral fertilizer spreaders, and later straw presses.
Of course, they did not stop at this. Ten years later, at the initiative of Professor Formfelde from the University of Bonn, a new stage began in the activities of CLAAS - the development and production of a grain combine harvester suitable for European conditions. The idea was brilliant, but arose earlier, because the technologies necessary for implementation (powerful tractors, hydraulics, electrics, etc.) were not yet partially invented for a trailed combine.
After the first tests of the cutting mechanism with frontal placement in Harzenwinkel, we began to design a trailed combine. The first sample of the combine went to the field in 1936 in the Saxon town of Zshernits, and a year later its mass production began. It was the first three-in-one straw bale harvester made in Europe with full functionality: a mower + thresher + sheaf knitting machine. It was called CLAAS MDB (Mähdreschbinder, which means "mows-threshes-binds" in translation). Since then, the combine has been inextricably linked with the name CLAAS, and the company has gained international size and significance thanks to this machine before.
With the advent of the SENATOR combine harvester in the market in 1966, even the image of CLAAS products changed - it acquired a light green color (before it had silver). From a technical point of view, this machine was distinguished by standard control and a new drive design, which replaced the flat belt in the main drive and contributed to the fact that CLAAS became the world's first manufacturer of combines from the connected power drive. This series of products was complemented by MERCATOR machines.In 1981, with the launch of the DOMINATOR CS combine, CLAAS surprised the agricultural community with an innovation - a machine with a cylinder system. Under the threshing drum were located 8 separating cylinders, and under them - separating boxes. Subsequently renamed COMMANDOR (so that farmers could see the clear difference between it and a simple DOMINATOR combine), this machine set a world record in the UK in 1990, threshing 358 tons of wheat in 8 hours, or 44.8 tons / hour. And on September 1, 2011 LEXION 770TERRA TRAC set a world record: in eight hours of work 675.8 tons of wheat were threshed, or almost 85 tons / hour! The record is still unbeaten!