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Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder

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Mike- ny hay farmer

01-23-2012 13:02:22

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Looking into buying a Kh 500 tedder. i have an old kh 40 that works great never had a problem. The kh 500 was supposodly rebuilt but keeps breaking shear pins, and they are now selling it as a part machine. I was going to fix it and possibly re sell or trade out for my old KH 40. How good are these tedders and would this be a fairly easy re build? Some advice would be appreciated.

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Ken Macfarlane

01-24-2012 08:14:57

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Mike- ny hay farmer, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
Run away! It breaks those 50$ hardened pins (and loses the pair of 20$ each sperical balls) because the A) casting is damaged at the pivot ball or B) the pivot ball assembly is worn out.

The casting can be fixed for big money in a machine shop. The pivots balls are expensive.

We've got two of them parked awaiting repairs. I replaced with a NH badged Kuhn and couldn't be happier.

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01-23-2012 21:26:31

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Tx Jim, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
I used one of these behind the quad befor I got the KH40...

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01-23-2012 21:13:56

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Mike- ny hay farmer, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
Bought a Pequea TT4000 last year and love it. I looked at a lot of manual units, and a bunch of hydralic folds. Best of hydralic folds seemed to be the Pequea, Kuhn and Vermeer. They save a lot of time and are very quick to transport, and the first two seem to be built for the long haul with few problems--

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01-23-2012 20:18:48

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Mike- ny hay farmer, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
The KH-40 is a good tedder. The KH-500 is an older design and they are known to have gear box issues. If you look on line the KH-40 will sell for more than the KH-500. That should tell you something when a wider tedder is cheaper than a narrower one. I would keep what I had or look for a different model/brand.

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01-23-2012 18:09:13

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Roger in Iowa, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
have you got the owner's manual for your KH40? I've got one in .pdf if you want it. Just shoot me an email. Click the "email" tab at the bottom in modernview...

What shearpin are you talking about? If something is shearing, they could have just got the timing off when they "rebuilt" it..... neighbor has an older KH2 that he just got everything right and welded...

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01-23-2012 15:55:58

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to Farmallb, 01-23-2012 13:02:22  
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Is that extra 3ft worth replacing a known good machine with a maybe that you have to dump bucks in right away? Don't know anything about the kh500 but I have a KH40 also and all the neighbors that are doing hay have them also... Here in the land of deutz-fahr, searching for used tedders shows asking prices higher on the 40's than the 500's... don't know if that means anything.....

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Mike-ny hay farmer

01-23-2012 17:38:18

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 Re: Deutz Fahr KH 500 tedder in reply to dave2, 01-23-2012 15:55:58  
That is a good consideration, i am just interesting in finding out more about the shear pins in these tedders and what would cause them to break like that. i very well may keep my old tedder.

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