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spink885

02-17-2013 14:47:20




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What chopper would work on a jd 730D? Would be doing about 5-10 acres of corn on flat land. Thanks for any ideas.




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ihr190

02-18-2013 13:52:46




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Last we filled silo in'07, I had a tired Deere 38 with a one row head. I had a 400 Case standard (gas) pulling it. It did the job, but barely. Like the others have said, corn crops are much heavier than back in the day. I would stick with a belt drive, and one row head in todays crops. Namely if a 730, or any 55-60 hp tractor is going to be the power source. I would think a Deere 34/35, or an older Gehl chop-all with a flat belt.

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sammydwm

02-18-2013 05:13:13




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Despite all the naysayers here I have run a couple of different 2 row choppers behind similar tractors.

We chopped 2 rows with an old Ford cut and throw behind a 720

We did 2 rows with a Case 300 cut and throw behind a case 800.



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ss55

02-18-2013 04:14:52




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
This is a dumb question, how well does it work to run just one row of corn into a two row chopper when power is limited? Opening fields would be more difficult.



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RodInNS

02-18-2013 05:08:09




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 Re: chopper model in reply to ss55, 02-18-2013 04:14:52  
Not too bad if your depth perception is good enough to keep the outside snout on the row... It can be a challenge sometimes.

Rod



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RodInNS

02-17-2013 20:59:32




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Anything your heart desires that has it's own engine to power the chopper...

Rod



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DeltaRed

02-17-2013 18:11:03




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
I once pulled a IH #55(2 row) chopper with my 730.2nd gear. Blowed BLACK BLACK smoke,burned 5 gallons fuel per hr,(2 was normal).The guys are right.You need to find a one row.



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long green line man

02-17-2013 16:38:59




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Ideally a JD no.8 or no.6 ,single row, belt drive, would work good.... a newer 34 or 35 would work if you can find one with a single row head.! but they are direct drive to cutter head..



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rrlund

02-17-2013 15:22:02




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Having tried to farm with a 730 diesel as my main tractor,I'd advise you to go with something with a belt drive to absorb the shock. If you go with a direct drive with that two cylinder hammering away under load,you'll beat the tar out of U-joints,couplers,splines,everything else in the driveline.
Voice of experience.



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spink885

02-17-2013 15:19:27




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
This would be for personal use. Use to run a nh 717 with a JD 3020 so was thinking that. I pretty much wanted a NH or JD. Was thinking like a 717 or a jd 35/38 but was unsurre about the 38 as only been around a 3800. Thanks guys.



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Fordfarmer

02-17-2013 15:13:57




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
Like NY 986 says, look for a 1 row and one that parts are available for. Fox had a good reputation for low power needs, but parts are getting to be something of an issue with them. The good part of that is, you can pick up a parts machine for scrap price (sometimes less). I've pulled a 1 row Fox 2250 with a Ford 4600 (rated 52 pto hp, about the same as a 730, I think) with no problem.



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NY 986

02-17-2013 15:08:17




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 Re: chopper model in reply to spink885, 02-17-2013 14:47:20  
You're talking chopper as in a forage (silage) harvester? A 1 row machine is all you would want. As far as brands go you have many choices as most manufacturers made good machines. Parts availability would make me shy away from an Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson, or Gehl for example. If this is to be like a demo day where you want something contemporary to the tractor then maybe a JD 12 or International Harvester 16. The AC or Gehl would be fine if a very good machine could be found where repairs would be far off. I like the successor to the IH 16 which is the 50 which Dad still has. The easiest to find would most likely to be a New Holland 717 or Super 717 or a Deere 35 and those can be bought reasonable with less issues on parts.

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