Where are you at? Around here I know of a Gehl 7200 green chopper that's for sale for $700. It's in really good shape and if we needed one we'd probably buy it ourselves.
I don't think I'd spend that kind of cash on a cut & throw machine. We got a newer and bigger 892 2 years ago with pickup head for $700. It's a 12 knife unit with a cross auger that brings it over to the blower. I dropped 4 knives to get a shorter cut (shortest you can go with 12 knives was 3/8 ) and it's really an animal. If you could find a 770 or newer,I think you'd be happier with it.
Of course green chopper would be better for what you're looking to do and it'd be quicker than cutting and then hooking onto the chopper to pick it up.
Donovan from Wisconsin This post was edited by Don-Wi at 18:55:17 06/12/14.
Re: new holland 718 chopper in reply to Don-Wi, 06-11-2014 18:27:53
It may very well be a matter of taking what you can get as inexpensive pull-type forage harvesters have gotten very scarce in the last few years around these parts. The really poor ones went for scrap when prices went up a few years ago leaving later models such as NH 790 and JD 3950 that tend to sell in the 3,000 dollar range for the base. I saw a beat up 3940 that was missing expensive parts such as the front part of the PTO drive line sell for 1100 dollars this past winter. We do not see the prices Rod talks about here as a Mennonite will jump on a 39XX so the bidding will start higher. A neighbor ran a 718 chopping green hay and it did alright. A lot of the years dad dairy farmed he chopped green hay with a cut and throw. A cut and blow is nicer for sure but a cut and throw will be adequate in light of the money invested.
Re: new holland 718 chopper in reply to NY 986, 06-12-2014 05:50:15
My neighbour has at least 3 of the 3940/50 that he paid at most 750 each for. I've got a 3970 that I paid ~1500 for several years ago. Lot of guys got out around here in the last 10 years and there's a lot of that gear sitting around... and every so often some of it cycles through the auction.
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