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Re: Neat video of a JD 7950 forage harvester and Kemper 390 head

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charlie M

11-26-2012 05:57:32

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I grew up on a small dairy farm in the 60's where a 2 row corn chopper was a big machine and a 60 horse tractor was a big tractor. We used to fill a 40 ft silo with a one row chopper and the neighbors JD 70 on it.This modern day machinery blows my mind for what it is capable of doing. What does a machine like this cost to buy?

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JD Seller

11-26-2012 07:12:28

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 Re: Neat video of a JD 7950 forage harvester and Kemper 390 head in reply to charlie M, 11-26-2012 05:57:32  
I would guess the chopper at $350K and the head at $125-150K. So you are talking a half a million. I don't see how guys can afford to own them but I also can't see buying $10-12K land either.

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charlie M

11-26-2012 10:36:38

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 Re: Neat video of a JD 7950 forage harvester and Kemper 390 head in reply to JD Seller, 11-26-2012 07:12:28  
Every time I ask what something costs for todays machinery its around a half million bucks. Its hard to imagine how farmers stay in business with such costs. I guess I'll quit complaining about what it cost me this year to grow 3 acres of corn with my M, 4 row planter and one row corn picker.

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11-26-2012 06:55:46

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 Re: Neat video of a JD 7950 forage harvester and Kemper 390 head in reply to charlie M, 11-26-2012 05:57:32  
My son is a diesel tech at a JD FOCUS dealer, specializing in SP choppers. His primary job is setup and servicing them. Typical off-season checkup is 12-13 grand or more. Lots of used machines on the lot still over 200 grand. New can easily go over 300g. They have customers throughout MN, both Dakotas, Iowa, even one in Illinois. One in ND owns two, rents two more machines. Last year's regional frost, this year's drouth made for unbelievable hours, like 3 trips (5 hr one way) to Iowa in one week, countless trips to ND.

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