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Re: Opinions on acres through combine

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10-02-2012 20:02:03

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I am currently running 6-30 corn head and 20 ft. platform. I work 40 hrs a week in town and farm nights and weekends basically. I do know a lot more about these machines since I have owned one and now if I buy another I might be a little smarter in knowing what I am getting. Leaning towards 1680 size machine so I can go to 8 row in a few years. Hard decision to make because I do know mine pretty well, but every time I use it something else goes wrong, and I try to go through as much as possible before season. Like today my unload auger valve is not working, it only swings half way out, I can push it really easy the rest of the way and then it goes right back to half way. I think I am going to take the valve apart tomorrow. I also have not ran a 21 or 23 series so I don't know about the problems they can encounter, I also realize the new it is the more electronics and such can go bad. My old machine just has every connection either lose or corroded or something it seems. Thank for your time guys, I have about 260 acre of corn to run yet this fall and all winter and spring to think about it.

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10-03-2012 07:20:39

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 Re: Opinions on acres through combine in reply to tjiniowa, 10-02-2012 20:02:03  
Really and truly theres not much to be scared of with the 1600 and 21 and 23 sereies having more electrical stuff. Sometimes simple is better but sometimes you have to give in and adapt to the new. I think if your already runnin a 6row and a 20' on a 1400 series your gonna be happier with a newer machine. Your gonna get more thrashing capacity, a bigger grain tank, more horsepower o and working brakes. which equals getting threw your fields faster. Before we went to green combines we had 1460's 1688's and 2188's and honestly never had any major troubles with any of the electronics other than a few issues with the auto header height control.The newer you go the better the cabs get with dust and noise and comfort. The better the improvment to the whole machine as far as making more horsepower and higher capacity. I dont like how everythings becoming more electric but I cant imagine trying to cover the acres we do in a 1400 series either. We would have to have a fleet of them to get anything done.Id say start keepin an eye out now for what your lookin for. Low hr 1600 series are out there but getting hard to find. If your looking for a reverser and yield monitor and all that you mite have better luck with finding a low hr 2188. At any rate your the one who knows your operation and its needs but I think in my opinion you would be better tryin to get a bigger newer machine to help you speed up your harvest.

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10-03-2012 09:24:53

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 Re: Opinions on acres through combine in reply to nickg, 10-03-2012 07:20:39  
I forgot what brakes were on a combine, mine have never been worth a darn. I agree with you 100%. Like you said I think I will try to shop around a little this winter, maybe some guys in drought areas will need to sell if they don't have crop insurance, thanks for your reply.

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