CLAAS celebrates 50 years of Jaguar forage harvesters

CLAAS forage harvester product manager Joerg Wesselmann

CLAAS is celebrating 50 years of Jaguar self-propelled forage harvesters. The company launched its first Jaguar in 1973 and have produced 45,000 machines over the last half century.

Last November at Agritechnica, CLAAS showed off a new special edition of its Jaguar 990 Terra Trac with an exclusive anniversary colour scheme. In this report, CLAAS forage harvester product manager Joerg Wesselmann and RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney get up close with the special limited edition harvester and discuss some the features available in new Jaguars for 2024.

Wesselmann says the Jaguar is designed to deliver operator comfort, capacity and reliability. In the cab, premium turnable seats and automated features like auto fill and auto pilot help relieve stress and increase efficiency for operators during those 18-hour harvest days.

Wesselmann discusses how the Jaguar 990 Terra Trac is built from the “trac out” to ensure operational efficiency. He notes that the trac machines are built longer to enhance traction and better performance in muddy harvest conditions. The trac’s front rollers can also be lifted to provide better maneuverability and turning on headlands.

At 990 horsepower, Haney wonders just how big Jaguar can get? Wesselmann says the size of future machines will depend on their ability to deliver on key factors, including how much weight is required to compact silage. Engineers also have to be mindful of transportation needs and maneuverability in the pit. See the full report below.

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