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The history of Bizon combine harvester

The history of Bizon combines begins at the Harvesting Machinery Factory in Płock, which previously produced Vistula combines, although their design in the 1960s could be considered somewhat outdated. Due to the limited demand for the Vistula, the company had to quickly develop a new design that would compete with foreign combines. In 1968, the first prototypes of the Bizon combine were created, based on the German Fahr combine. It turned out that the engineers had created an exceptional machine, and production of Bizons began in full swing in 1970. Bizon grain combines quickly gained enormous popularity, and the factory started producing increasingly modern models. From 1981 to 1984, almost 18,000 units were produced. Bizons became popular not only in Poland but also in other Eastern Bloc countries, competing with Western combines. Currently, a fairly popular model is the Bizon Z056 Super, which is still seen in the fields during the harvest season. However, political and economic changes led to the downfall of the company. At the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, Bizons became obsolete and inefficient compared to modern Western combines, which dominated the market. Farmers preferred used, modern machines over Bizons. The liquidation of State Farms, the main recipient of these combines, also left its mark on the company. The Harvesting Machinery Factory was eventually taken over by CNH, which reintroduced the Bizon name in one of its models.

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