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Re: horsepower for a 2 row corn chopper

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02-19-2013 05:59:59

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Sharp knives, shear bar set correctly, length of cut and crop moisture all make a difference. I've run 2 rows with a 60 hp tractor, but its slow going. You want 100 or even more to really make use of the capacity of the chopper. There is a difference in choppers too. True story. Near here, 2 neighbors bought brand new choppers one fall. 1 was Deere 3940 with the power mizer cutterhead, the other was the same size IH. Both had JD 4020s on them. The man with the Deere chopper could consistantly run a gear faster. The following year the IH chopper was traded in on a Deere.

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02-19-2013 07:06:03

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 Re: horsepower for a 2 row corn chopper in reply to low budget, 02-19-2013 05:59:59  
Depends on what the CaseIH was I think. I had a 781 behind a 135 horse tractor. Ran hard as heck. Went to a bigger 881 with wider knives and a wider feed throat. No comparison. Hard to tell it's even back there.

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