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Re: new small pull type combine

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09-30-2012 09:23:47

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If someone is serious about doing smaller acreages (by today's standards)... then I think they could get along OK with something like an old Deere 4400 or 6600 or even 20 series of those machine... or an old IH 1460. All of those were decent machines, rebuildable and fairly reliable when you do rebuild them.
If someone wants to go farther back in time then that... I think that's best classified as someone looking for an amusement.
I ran an IH 615 for several years... and it was a constant battle trying to keep ahead of repairs and dealing with stupid little problems never mind trying to keep gas in the tank. Then go trying to make the parts you could no longer buy... constantly devising solutions to problems that the parts department had no answers for.
Quite honestly... if I was buying a machine today it would be new enough to have a turret unloading auger so it can at least unload into a truck without digging a hole in every field. Most of the problems I had with the 615 were in some way related to either the head or the unloading auger...


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09-30-2012 11:45:07

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 Re: new small pull type combine in reply to RodInNS, 09-30-2012 09:23:47  
When I bought my K2 used, it was still a very serviceable machine parts-wise . . . but I've had it for so long, I've probably drained Agco's NOS parts supply . . . .

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09-30-2012 20:27:04

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 Re: new small pull type combine in reply to Tim(nj), 09-30-2012 11:45:07  
I don't know if it's so much that.... or the fact that the design itself is so far behind in gleaner's past that they don't make anything for ti today.
The funny thing with Deere... and to some degree IH... the parts are still available for a lot of this older stuff because the basic design behind the facade is still the same and still uses a lot of the same parts, or did for long periods of time. With a lot of machines using those parts there is a demand for them... and the parts are still produced and stocked. It's the short run machines of differing designs that lack support today... no matter how good the machine was in it's day.


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10-01-2012 10:45:30

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 Re: new small pull type combine in reply to RodInNS, 09-30-2012 20:27:04  
Deere isn't so good with 3300, 4400 or 4420 parts anymore, either . . . the K2 uses a lot of common parts with the bigger combines that are still available from AGCO. . . but there are certain things that are made from unobtainium.

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