He might not need a baler that has that kind of capacity, but then again I don"t need a dozen antique tractors or a home with indoor plumbing, but I still have them. If the man wants a newer baler and has the means then why try to persuade him to buy a headache or in your case, two of them? I"m a Deere fan, but I"ll bet if he springs for this 5050 he can bale his 3500 bales for the next 10 years without putting $100 worth of parts in it. That in itself is worth the added cost of newer, to many people.
Also, in this area, good quality alfalfa/grass hay is bringing $10 a bale out of the stack, and rained on hay that layed in the field too long because the owners worn out baler couldn"t get the hay baled right is worth $5 a bale. Even on only 3500 bales that is the cost of the newer baler in one season.