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Re: JD Seller and Tx Jim?'s

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JD Seller

01-20-2013 07:16:43

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The difference between the 400 and 500 series is the width. The 400s are a four foot wide baler and the 500s are a five foot wide baler.

The main up grade from a 7 series to an 8 series is the heavier chains and sprockets. You also could get the larger tires as an option.

There really are few major differences between the 6 series, 7 series and the 8 series. Mainly just a few options that became available. Also the monitors kept being up graded.

I would just look at condition of any of them and price. There are good deals out there right now on all hay equipment. The livestock guys are taking a beating with high feed prices.

I have bought some real good balers in the last six months in the low teens, real low teens. I have heard of some not breaking 10 K on sales but I did not see them to tell what kind of condition they where in. A baler that needs many repairs like belts, chains and sprockets can easily need a few grand spent on it. So just make sure of the condition. A higher priced one very well could be a better buy.

If the baler you are looking at is close to a JD dealer pay to have them do a baler inspection on it. These inspections would only cost about $175. They would list anything they see that would need repaired or shows excessive wear. JD has preprinted inspection forms that list all the things that should be checked.

One word of caution on any of the balers newer than a JD 535. The JD 566,567, and 568 all have the bale counter built into the monitor. So if the monitor has been repaired or changed the bale count will not be correct for that baler. So look at the belts, the chains/sprockets, pickup and the sides of the bale chamber. These are the wear areas and will give you an idea of how many bales the baler has actually baled.

I have seen guys send the monitor away to be repaired just to get it zeroed. Then they bale a year or two with it an then represent it as a low bale baler when they go to trade it or sell it.

So go on condition not bale counts.

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Tx Jim

01-20-2013 07:41:42

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 Re: JD Seller and Tx Jim?'s in reply to JD Seller, 01-20-2013 07:16:43  
I'll add to what JD Seller stated although I never really understood why JD did it that way but the 4XX balers actually make 46" wide bales and the 5XX actually make 62" wide bales. The 2 later models(8&9) have the RC80 roller chains that my neighbor states the only advantage over RC60 is the chains cost more to replace. The 2 later models have a roller in frt of pickup attachment that mashes the windrow down to aid in feeding in the hay to the baler.

I've only owned one JD rd baler that I'd consider a bad one(LEMON) and it was a 466 with a Mega-wide pickup. I needed to hire someone to follow the baler to pickup up the pieces of the PU fingers when they fell off the feeder finger crankshaft.

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