Claas is celebrating 20 years of Liner four-rotor swather production by looking back at the machine it claims responsible for the big leap forward in forage harvest productivity.
Claas Harvest Centre product manager Luke Wheeler said the maximum 12.5 metre working width of the Liner 3000 doubled the productivity of the companies two-rotor swathers and increased the capacity of the entire harvest chain.
"Farmers and contractors reported 30 per cent higher productivity in the forage harvesting chain, thanks to faster chopping rates and less downtime," he said.
"At that stage, Claas was manufacturing a completely integrated range of high performance mowers, conditioners, rakes, balers, forage wagons and forage harvesters. About the only thing missing from the line-up was a high performance rake that could match the enormous capacity of its Jaguar forage harvesters."
Mr Wheeler said the Liner 4000 and 3600 models of today continued to ensure harvest efficiency, while modern precision technology allowed the operator to exactly match machine settings to the ground and working conditions
"The working width, swathing width and rotor height are all infinitely variable, likewise the headland clearance height," he said.