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Vintage CLAAS
These are two models of vintage CLAAS combines I like very much.
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Another model I've been waiting for for a long time. A CLAAS Matador Gigant.
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... from the other side.
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Another rare model: A CLAAS EUROPA made by Tractoys, France.
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... and again the other side.
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Nice combines!

The fronttires of the Matador looks like tires from Siku, but I think they aren't. ;-)

See you!
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Thank you.
No - they absolutely are not from SIKU. :-P
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Just a joke. Sometimes I have nothing to do.. :-P
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So post some more pics :-D
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I like the Matador:-) we had a Matador Standard years ago.(a real one)
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Hi Christoph, I like this combine very much, too. An impressing machine and at it's time a real "giant".
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Yes I think so too. This made me think back on our old matador, and I thought about why it went for scrap, but I think it was worn out. we were not the first owners, so I dont know how much it have had to do before we got it.... But I wasnt that old at that time, so I dont remember it that well....
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Very nice Claas combines. When i was a young kid we had a Claas senator without cab. It was a good harvester.

Your models are very nice:-)
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Thanks for your compliments.
When I was a child in my village there were only CLAAS combines - a Matador Standard a Europa a Protector and a Dominator 80 and so this was my first favourite brand. I particularly liked the Protector/Merkator/Senator. I've found a pic of a wonderful made model of the AMC here at Farmphoto. I'd love to own this one. :-)
Later and nowadays I'm a fan of New Holland. The 1550 is my favourite combine and I think this won't change for the rest of my life. An agricultural service supply agency in our region had one and I think in total I went several 100 km on my bike to follow it and see it at work :-D
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Great models :-) Way back then I reckon they would have been a market leader (something they continue today with the mighty Lexion).

Saw a Lexion 600 on eBay today, looks good;

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Claas-Lexion-600-Maehdrescher-SIKU-4253_W0QQitemZ140094602887QQihZ004QQcategoryZ9185QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Regards,

TC.
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Hi TC, here they are still market leader.
That Lexion on eBay is too expensive. Don't think it will be sold. I got mine for 40,00 EUR. The average price for such a model is 45,00 EUR. The model is really impressive but unfortunately SIKU makes their models for playing. It's a shame for collectors that there is this steering on top of it. :-\
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Great Claas combines. I'm a fan of Claas combines(und Häckslers). Our contractor has New Holland but they need a lot of maintenance every year :-( Also are they more expensive to buy and the spare parts cost more. And I know they are being built in Belgium... :-D
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... and being built in belgium is a disadvantage ? :-D
In my village there is a farmer who has a TF 46 and he is very pleased with it (although he had some trouble with three fires last year ;-)). That's really an impressing machine.
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My opnion the claas domiator 108 maxi is the greatest combine to see.Than the new holland 8080 i like that machine alsow :-) Now we own a john deere 1065. It is a good harvester.

In 2006 i was in the east of Germay. They have there very nice combines i have seen lots of lexion 540/580/600 they are alsoy great to see :-)
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I only like the vintage CLAAS combines. CLAAS was the producer who began to hide all the technique behind large covering panels and that in my eyes made the combines look like cardboard boxes. :-P. An 8080 is much more beautiful. Nowadays all producers sell cardboard boxes, though - but they are better designed.
By the way - Nobody talked about the greatest designers so far: GLEANER. I like these combines very much although only a few people agree with me. :-) I purchased some models in the US and I particularly like my N6.
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I dont like the gleaner harvesters. Dont like the colors. I have never see them in real tim so i have nothing with gleaners. In our area there are much claas en new holland. About the new combines i dont like them so much than the older models.
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Quite a few Gleaners over here, mostly L-2 models (conventional) but also some N-6 / N-7 models (rotaries).

They call them silver seeders here, as they tend to put alot of grain over the back, no matter how well they are set up.

The Lexion is still my favourite combine (I dont think they look like cardboard boxes LOL). I also like the New Holland TX -64/65+ models, even if they are built in Belgium (LOL) :-D
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Yes well. Belgians sometimes make good things. But the best... I strongly doubt :-) (Maybe cause they sometimes buy a german product and change the name and appearances and then sell it at a higher price. then it's a very good machine LOL (Miele was sold here as Flandria)) The main problem is that there are only a few suppliers in belgium of equipment for these factories and then they go buy a lot of cheap italian stuff... :-(
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Thanks for your replies regarding the Gleaner. As I said - there are only a few persons who will agree with me :-).
Are you sure that the "silver seeders" were set up well by their operators? :-P. Just a joke, but in our village we have a yellow seeder - a NH 8080 who leaves a lot of grain in the field, too but that for sure is not caused by the combine :-). I think someone should calm the storm in it or use a more coarse sieve.
I also haven't seen a real Gleaner but I would like to.
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most people here always talk about not needing an air seeder if they own a massey as they tend to leave a 'green' stripe around the field!!.
we have a couple of R 72 Gleaners that if set up "properly" dont put a seed over the back;-)
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