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Re: Forage harvester suggestions

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10-08-2013 16:13:36

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on those damp days when the jd guys were sitting in the house drumming their nuts because the gathering chains wouldn't stay on us and the rest of the NH owners were cutting silage, you can't go wrong with a New Holland cutter

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10-08-2013 18:46:26

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to dboll, 10-08-2013 16:13:36  
Who said anything about damp? I said you can't cut when it's wet... as in raining... as some of are granted the option of doing some years. Aside from that I don't find it too desperate bad.
The main reason to run a Deere chopper around here is that they're more available used, considerably cheaper and parts are more readily available.


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10-09-2013 04:05:31

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to RodInNS, 10-08-2013 18:46:26  
Here's a quote from the original post."but do not really want a Deere as the local dealer is not very good with parts support".

That's the boat that a lot of us are in. Sounds like you don't have that problem. You don't know how lucky you are. You're getting to be in a very small minority.

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10-09-2013 06:41:09

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to rrlund, 10-09-2013 04:05:31  
And again I say... find another dealer. I guess I find myself in the fortunate situation that I don't have a dealer of any kind within 200 miles. When I do it's now one of the super dealers with 7-8 locations. To date they've been pretty good... but if they weren't... I think I'm at the point that I'd just start searching a wider area. Everything I get comes by courior anyway so it doesn't much matter if it comes from 200 miles or 2000 miles. I've never found one yet that doesn't take a card.


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10-09-2013 09:17:19

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to RodInNS, 10-09-2013 06:41:09  
He didn't say that he doesn't have a New Holland or CaseIH dealer close by either. Only that he has a Deere dealer that's no help. Why send off for Deere parts if you can drive down the road and pick them up for the other two brands and get right back to work? Some people aren't that religiously devoted to green paint.

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10-09-2013 15:07:26

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to rrlund, 10-09-2013 09:17:19  
I'm less devoted to green paint that just about anyone. I run a certain amount of Deere stuff simply because it was cheap and available. On balance I see a lot more PT Deere harvester than I've ever seen of NH pull types unless you take the 717/718 into account... and in that case you deserve what you get if you buy one.
IH was a complete non-entity around here in terms of harvesters. Pretty much a non-entity in every other department as well.
My personal view is that you go with the one that's most economical to purchase/maintain. You'll learn early on with a Deere that you keep a bunch of spare knives on hand. You make a point of doing careful inspections of feedroll bearings annually and keeping a set of them on hand after 3-4 years of use and when they whoof their cookies you change them. You keep a spare row crop head around or at least a spare chain or two. Outside of that you're not apt to need much in an emergency situation and if you do the dealer won't have it anyway... so then you get it drop shipped from the depot anyway. I really don't see what the big deal is about the dealer. The way most of you go on, you'd be out of business tomorrow if you had to deal with the support we have around here.


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10-08-2013 16:32:12

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to dboll, 10-08-2013 16:13:36  
I was thinking something pretty close to that. Had a real heavy dew this morning,didn't dry off til noon. I started right in chopping with my CaseIH as soon as I got chores done. The rotary knives and all rubber gathering belts didn't give me any trouble. I wouldn't get much done in a day if I had to wait til noon every day to start.

Voice of several years experience,those Deere heads are junk.

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10-08-2013 16:22:06

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to dboll, 10-08-2013 16:13:36  
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I agree. If I had to wait for things to be dry, there's lots of days I would've been either waiting, or quitting much earlier than I would otherwise. We only have an 880 head on our 892 right now, but even that was worth what we spent on it in last years corn. Picked up much more than the Fox 3000's head ever did in downed corn, and we had a lot of that last year...

We're planning to start chopping on Friday, hope to have the bag full by Sunday. If all goes well, that should be no problem. If it doesn't, well.......

Last year the head broke a gethering chain and we were able to have one shipped to us in a day which isn't bad for a head that hasn't been made in over 30 years.

Donovan from Wisconsin

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