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Competence in baling.


The ROLLANT is 30 years old a reason to celebrate.

The idea.
For hay and straw baling, the CLAAS engineers were looking for a relatively low-cost but nevertheless powerful baling procedure to replace the highly labour-intensive high-pressure balers. The concept of rotating compression in round baling combines both principles: large bales and low fuel consumption.

Round balers are always up to date.

Despite the availability of square balers since the start of the 90s, the round baler has lost little of its importance. The bale / wrapper combination is used for one-man silage baling operations by custom operators and in the mechanisation of single farms, the lower capital and fuel outlays it offers are an advantage in comparison with square balers.

Absolute reliability.
With the roller baling chamber, CLAAS opted for the safest procedure from the start: compression with freely rotating steel rollers. In all conditions, maximum reliability, excellent throughput performance, high baling densities and low fuel consumption are still the outstanding features of the ROLLANT in comparison with bar rollers or belt systems.

The worlds best-selling baler.

In 2006, their 30th production year CLAAS will manufacture the 80,000th ROLLANT. No other fixed chamber baler could be sold all over the world with so much success, driving silage baling forwards with such continuity.

Partnership over decades.

Each ROLLANT has the support of the efficient CLAAS Service and Spare Parts network. Qualified dealers ensure reliable use and the rapid supply of spare parts, even after long years of deployment.

A harvesting procedure conquers the world.

The round baler now has the leading role in silage, hay and straw baling all over the world. From New Zealand to Canada, from South Africa to Finland, the round balers have conquered.

Celebrate with us.

In their jubilee year, 30 years of the ROLLANT, CLAAS is offering a variety of campaigns and innovations focused on the baler why not take a look.

From hay to silage baling.

Farms are using their round balers to harvest less and less hay, but increasingly more silage. Since the discovery of wrapping devices to stretch film over silage bales in the mid 80s, silage baling has grown rapidly in popularity. Year upon year in Germany, over 8 million silage bales are baled and wrapped.

A round jubilee. The ROLLANT is 30 years old

The story of success begins with a perfect knot.

First CLAAS patent for a knotter mechanism the company symbol is born

The CLAAS hay baler carried the silver DLG stamp

Production of the 10,000th hay baler

The first pickup baler is built

Hay baler number 35,000 is produced

First CLAAS patent for a knotter mechanism.

Launch of production in the newly built baler factory in Metz (France)

Introduction of the ROLLANT 85 round baler (bale size 1.50 x 1.80 m)

Production peak for balers at over 8,500 machines /year

Series extended by the ROLLANT 62 (bale size 1.20 x 1.60 m)

Introduction of the MARKANT high-pressure baler

ROLLANT 44 (bale size 1.20 x 1.20 m)

Hydraulically operated bale thrower for mounting on to MARKANT high-pressure balers

ROLLANT 34 (bale size 1.20 x 0.90 m)

A production record for high-pressure balers at over 11,000 machines /year

Introduction of ROLLATEX net binding Licenses to other manufacturers


Top annual production at 5,400 ROLLANT/year

Introduction of the ROLLANT 250 RC with the MPS baling chamber / ROLLANT 250 RC COMFORT first round baler with fully automatic tailgate/ Introduction of the QUADRANT 2200 series

The first ROLLANT non-stop round baler RAPID/ Introduction of the patented spiral chamber for optimum rotation of the straw

ROLLANT 250 RC bale / wrapper combination UNIWRAP

Introduction of the QUADRANT 1200 larger baler / Conversion to the ROLLANT series 66, 46, 44 S and 42

Delivery of the 250,000th CLAAS baler / Launch of the new VARIANT 260 / 260 RC and 280 / 280 RC

Introduction of the special ROLLANT 46 silage baler

QUADRANT 1100 (bale size 0.80 x 0.50 m)

Introduction of the ROLLANT 255 RC and the ROLLANT 240 / Introduction of the QUADRANT 2100 / 2100 RC.

Introduction of the 14-knife ROTO CUT chopping system in the ROLLANT 46 RC

Conversion of the ROLLANT ROTO CUT chopping system to 16 knives

Introduction of the 25-knife ROTO CUT chopping system in QUADRANT balers

The 80,000th ROLLANT round baler leaves the assembly line in Metz

CLAAS launches production of the variable baler VARIANT 180 / 180 RC

ROLLANT number 55,555 is on display as a special model at Agritechnica

A CLAAS patent, the spiral roller arrangement.

With the ROTO CUT chopping system, the crop is cut into portions, which makes working with low-moisture silage so much easier.

Even after building over 80,000 balers, we still have new ideas.

Launch of the ROLLANT 250 RC with the MPS baling chamber


Consistent innovation.
Over 40 years ago, Westphalian thoroughness combined with French creativity founds the global success of the CLAAS balers. In close collaboration with professionals in the field, entirely new harvesting systems, such as round or square baling, have been introduced to the market.

CLAAS core competencies.

Unlike many other companies, CLAAS manufactures critical core components itself. For this reason, the factory was fully restructured as part of a three-year conversion plan , with a total volume in excess of Euro 10 million and is now fit for the future. Responsibility for the production of baler rollers, frame welding, chopper rotor and knotter production, for example, thus lies fully with CLAAS, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality.

Motivated employees mean quality.

With an annual production in excess of 4,000 balers, the CLAAS factory in Metz is the largest baler factory in Europe today. With a strong team of experienced system builders and young engineers, we work continuously to find new solutions for markets all over the world.

Three production lines.

ROLLANT, VARIANT and QUADRANT balers are manufactured on three parallel assembly lines in the new factory layout. The entirely newly built production line makes production much more flexible as well as more efficient.

Westphalian thoroughness meets French creativity.

Quality through and through.

Extensive receiving parts checks prior to assembly and functional testing at the end of assembly are an established part of CLAAS quality management. 100% checks are of course part of this process and are essential in guaranteeing the trouble-free operation of the balers.

Welcome to Metz.
We are delighted to welcome you to the CLAAS visitor centre in Metz and to show you around one of the most state of the art agricultural machinery factories. Simply contact your CLAAS sales partner to arrange a visit.

Outstanding quality of materials.

Light-gauge steel, which is highly prone to corrosion, is galvanized. Even after many years of service, this procedure means the machine will retain an attractive exterior and will not lose value.

Tested quality.


Only those with staying power will succeed in the harvest.


Reliable and stable.

The baling chamber principle with steel rollers offers above all maximum stability for silage preparation. Insensitive even to extreme soiling or rocky conditions, the ROLLANT has become the most popular silage baler in the world.

Variable baling chamber from 1.25 1.35 m.

Depending on the crop, a 10 cm larger bale is also possible by adjusting the hydraulic tailgate lock. This means further savings on netting, film and wrapping times.

Heavy-duty innovations.
The first step was taken back in 1990 with the ROLLANT 46 silage model. Significantly reinforced bearings and drives made the ROLLANT the first fully silagecapable baler on the market. In 1998, with the conversion to the ROLLANT 250, a new baling procedure was introduced the MPS compression system, making it possible to achieve much higher core compaction levels. At the same time, the entire series was converted to new and smaller balers. The current ROLLANT 255 offers even greater safety for silage baling thanks to the lubricated roller bearings.

State of the art production technology.

In a fully-automated system developed by CLAAS FERTIGUNGSTECHNIK, baler rollers are now manufactured and transferred immediately to the ongoing production process.

The design makes the difference.

CLAAS compression rollers are fitted with several internal supports and can therefore cope with much higher stresses than other designs.

CLAAS ROLLANT High performance, dense baling.

Steel rollers


Get more from your cut with ROTO CUT.

Bale silage requires cutter bars.
CLAAS ROTO CUT chopping systems have been used in round balers since 1993. Nowadays a cutting knife has become the standard for silage balers, as cut bales are much easier to break apart and bale compression is increased significantly.

Reverse gear included.

ROTO REVERSE is the hydraulic reverse function that allows the driver to free blockages easily from the operator's seat. This means the machine can be operated at its absolute performance maximum without any unnecessary effort by the operator.

The difference is in the detail.

With four rows of tines, individual knife protection and a perfect stripper system, also within the tines, the CLAAS ROTO CUT soon became the best-selling chopping system, especially to custom operators. Nowadays, 16 specially hardened knives work within the HEAVY DUTY chopping system, offering particularly long baling intervals until the next sharpening interval.

Greater throughput.
In addition to the cutting effect, the chopping rotor improves baler throughput. The rotor also removes uneven swathes from the pickup and increases the throughput of the machine. Building on this experience, since 1998, a feed rotor has also been included in non ROTO CUT machines.

CLAAS ROTO CUT ensures perfect cutting quality


CLAAS ROTO CUT Chopping System


Our ideas make your work easier.

An enormous performance improvement.

With the discovery of ROLLATEX net wrapping in 1983, it was possible to make considerable further developments to the entire round baling procedure. Stopping time for wrapping the bales could be reduced by 70% in comparison with twine wrapping, which was the standard at the time, which meant that the daily output of the balers rose by around 30 %. In addition, the narrow mesh netting has made it possible to store straw bales outside.

ROLLATEX NET WRAPPING: 70 % less wrapping time = 30 % higher daily output


Outstanding net binding.

CLAAS net wrapping adapts extremely quickly to harvesting conditions. Easy loading through the side chute and simpler but safer setting of the netting brake thanks to the brake frame. Compared with systems with complex braking and a feed in the debris area, this system offers real added comfort for the driver.

Everything in sight.
Following the introduction of the COMMUNICATOR as the control terminal in QUADRANT balers in 2002, the ROLLANT 255 RC UNIWRAP has also been equipped with this outstanding equipment. All information at a glance, rapid settings, job management with 20 storage locations and a non-glare large display provide the basis for modern and stress-free work with the ROLLANT.

Minimal net consumption.

The netting will only run clean to the edges of the bale if it is tensioned precisely first. Wefting of the netting will only function optimally if the correct pretension has been set. The highly simple but effective Rollatex net wrapping system saves large quantities of net and therefore packaging costs.

Perfect menu guidance.

On the ROLLANT 255 RC UNIWRAP, for example, each process step, from baling, transferring and wrapping to unloading, is clearly and distinctly displayed whilst working. The driver always has a complete overview and is notified immediately of any problem or fault.

Exclusive the automatic tailgate.

With the launch of the ROLLANT 250 in 1998, CLAAS offered a fully automatic machine to the round baler market for the very first time. After automatic binding, the tailgate opens automatically and then recloses. This eliminates the need for the driver to repeat the same tasks, ensuring a stress-free approach for long working days. At the moment, CLAAS is the only manufacturer to offer this type of operator-friendly equipment.

Denis Mesmer Development Manager for Electronics

"Our aim is to utilise the latest technology for agricultural engineering and to make technology user friendly. To eliminate as many tasks as possible for the driver, automatic functions are used and work processes displayed visually. All these features are combined within the CLAAS COMMUNICATOR. The operator terminal offers options for expansion at all times. This operator terminal is suitable for universal use and is employed in other CLAAS machines.



2.5 ha silage takes just one hour. And only one person.
Real one-man work.
Until now, there were very few agricultural machines that were capable of achieving this level of efficiency. At almost the equivalent performance level of the separate procedure, UNIWRAP offers the contractor a potential saving of around 50 % hire and around 30 % tractor costs. Medium-sized farms with their own machinery can bale and wrap around 2.5 ha of silage an hour in a true single-man procedure.

From loader wagon to UNIWRAP.

For medium-sized farms with their own machinery, which need to replace their loader wagons, it would be a logical consideration to switch from the silage clamp procedure to baling. In an increasing number of farms, the low availability of manpower is leading to a conversion from green forage harvesting to the new UNIWRAP system.

The plus in crop quality.

The immediate stretch wrapping of the compacted bales guarantees top crop quality. With immediate wrapping after baling, even the quality of the stretch wrapping is significantly improved.

Field protection is paramount.

Work on damp grassland and on slopes requires tyre designs that will protect the ground. The large CLAAS single axle tyres ensure optimum unwinding behaviour and ideal reversing.

82 % film pre-stretching for 10 % film saving.

Automatic lubrication provides protection during tough round-the-clock use.


The notorious grinding of the tandem axle or sliding of small 17 inch tyres is prevented with the UNIWRAP system.

Practical solutions.
The 2006 UNIWRAP generation offers exclusive features for the demanding customer: a play-free ball-shaped hitch for absolute smooth travel, a dual roller crop press for improved crop flow, a film store to protect the stretch film, and an electronic lubrication system for the baler roller bearings

Uncompromising engineering.
In the design of the UNIWRAP, with the development of a dual arm wrapper, CLAAS took the logical approach of maximum performance. In just 35 seconds, 6 sheets of stretch film are wrapped around the bales. This makes is possible to work at full baling output with sufficient time to drop the bales in the right place on the move.

Play-free hitch for perfect smooth travel.



Different countries. Different bales.

3 HP for ROLLANT use.

Like the Amish in the U.S., for whom the use of tractors is prohibited for religious reasons, baling with the ROLLANT is still possible. A built-in motor drives the baler and 3 HP ensure forward motion. Therefore the ROLLANT is used successfully even here, with modern technology adapting to strict religious requirements.

The quickest route to baling.

The ROLLANT UNIWRAP is best known as the oneman silage machine. However, its use in combination with a front mounted mower is a special feature. Energy-rich feed is harvested here for a German dairy farm. Wheat is mowed semi-ripe, deposited under the tractor and compressed immediately using UNIWRAP into perfect silage bales. This is probably the most efficient and economical method of producing silage bales.

Different countries. Different bales. The ROLLANT is the best-selling silage baler in the world.


The ROLLANT harvesting sugar cane.

In sugar harvesting, only the juicy stems are gathered. The CLAAS sugar cane harvester blows all leaves onto the field. Usually these leaves are left on the field to rot down over time. In some regions, the leaves are collected by a ROLLANT and compressed into round bales. The remaining dry sugar cane turns into a combustible raw material, which is easy to transport and provides an additional source of income for the farmer.

Soft material in hard bales.

The plucked cotton must be transported from the field to the cotton factory for further processing. This can often involve long distances. The vehicles must be loaded as fully as possible. What could be closer and easier than baling up the cotton using a ROLLANT? The otherwise loose and lightweight material can be transported economically over long distances, as here in South Africa.

Worldwide use


Economical packaging at top quality.

Reduce costs.
A large share of the costs involved in round baling and round bale silage can be attributed to netting and film. With its own range of netting and film, CLAAS continually strives to reduce packaging costs using new technologies at optimum quality. Alongside optimal machine setting, netting and film consumption can only be reduced effectively by the use of high-value materials.

Precision to the edge.

The new CLAAS ROLLATEX PRO Net delivers more running length at the same roll weight, meaning more efficient use of materials, fewer roll changes and perfect net running characteristics.

Save 10% on film costs.

Only CLAAS stretch film currently has approval for film prestretching in excess of 80 %. This exclusive possibility to reduce costs by use of the 82 % pre-stretching is crucial, even at annual outputs of 5,000 and above, at 1,750 Euros.



Competent advice.
Out packaging professionals will advise you in selecting the best netting and film and are available to assist you should you have any problems. CLAAS SELECT netting and film are offered via parts sales by CLAAS dealers.

Our service is as complete as your bales are round.

Decades of service
The majority of the 80,000 or so ROLLANT machines built are still used for harvesting all around the world. With good service and rapid worldwide availability of parts, CLAAS dealers can always guarantee a long service life for your baler. The basic design of ROLLANT balers allows for an extremely long baler life thanks to the replacement of worn out parts and competent repairs.

CLAAS post-harvest check.

CLAAS dealers and CLAAS customer services also offer a winter checkover, so that you can be sure your machinery is fit and ready for the following season. Our experienced fitters can recognise the level of wear and the need to replace parts as a preventive measure much earlier on, therefore helping you avoid costly downtimes during the harvest season.

It goes without saying.

Technical updates are also offered for retrofitting for older machines. Your CLAAS dealer will be happy to inform you of the available options for your baler.

Safely into next season thanks to the CLAAS post-harvest check.



The right solution for any situation.

ROLLANT 255 RC UNIWRAP MPS baling chamber with steel rollers, Heavy-Duty 16-knife chopping system, CCT, ROTO REVERSE, 2.10 m pickup, dual arm wrapper, 12 rolls of film wrap storage

ROLLANT 160 Baling chamber with steel rollers, 1.80 m pickup, packers, bales 1.50 x 1.23m

ROLLANT 255 RC Comfort MPS baling chamber with steel rollers, 16-knife chopping system, CCT, ROTO REVERSE, 2.10 m pickup, bales 1.20 x 1.25 m

ROLLANT 250 RC MPS baling chamber with steel rollers, 14-knife chopping system, 2.10 m pickup, bales 1.20 x 1.25 m

ROLLANT 250 R MPS baling chamber with steel rollers, 2.10 m pickup, rotor, bales 1.20 x 1.25 m

ROLLANT 240 Baling chamber with steel rollers, 1.85 m pickup, packers, bales 1.20 x 1.25 m

Competence in baling.


QUADRANT 2200 RC/FC 25-knife or 49-knife chopping system, Bales: 1.20 m x 0.70 m to 3.00 m

QUADRANT 2100 RC 16-knife chopping system, Bales: 0.80 m x 0.70 m to 2.75 m

QUADRANT 1150 Bales: 0.80 m x 0.50 m to 2.40 m

MARKANT High-pressure baler, bales 0.46 x 0.36 m

VARIANT 280 RC ROTO CUT 14-knife system, Bales: 1.20 m x 0.90 m to 1.80 m, variable baling chamber

VARIANT 260 RC ROTO CUT 14-knife system, Bales: 1.20 m x 0.90 m to 1.55 m, variable baling chamber

Technical information


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