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Re: new holland 718 chopper

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codyw

06-12-2014 13:05:27
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what we want to do with that chopper is cut some extra green feed throughout the summer to help take the strain off out pastures. but the big reason we want a chopper is our work schedules dont always let us get our 2nd cut. we want to chop some of our second crop rather than leave it in the field so that we are not feeding our hay out so early. most the choppers in my area are big high production choppers. we have a john deere 5303 and a 1650 oliver. most of the chopping will be done with the oliver. so I am limited to the size chopper I can run. I would prefer the cut and throw chopper but they seem to be hard to come by here in maine. after looking at the 718 I don't think I will find another one for that price in that good condition. like someone mentioned this one will get us by until I can find a better suited one.

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Donald Lehman

06-12-2014 18:26:03
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 Re: new holland 718 chopper in reply to codyw, 06-12-2014 13:05:27  
I've owned a S-717 and a 718. The 718 is a S-717 on steroids. The 718 will handle quite a bit more HP. and hold together compared to a S-717. As long as the knives are set up as mentioned below they will fill any wagon made. The one thing I would look at very closely before you buy it is the shear bar adjusting bolts. After a lot of hours the threads in the frame can strip out and then it takes some real imagination to figure out how to keep the adjuster bolts tight. The hay heads worked a lot better than the corn heads. Their corn heads were okay, but back in those days there were definately better working corn heads around. Another thing to watch. Every few weeks loosen all of the slip clutch bolts and run the pto and slip those clutch plates. If you don't the plates will sieze up and when you need it to slip it won't and you will destroy a lot of expensive parts unnecesiraly. Generally, they were a pretty decent unit for anything up a 110 hp tractor or so. Maybe a bit bigger if you don't try to crowd the chopper.

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06-13-2014 10:04:01
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 Re: new holland 718 chopper in reply to Donald Lehman, 06-12-2014 18:26:03  
I am glad you spoke up on this. I know plenty of "New Holland" guys that owned nearly everything NH made but they were less than pleased with the S-717 and 770 models. Oh well, we all have our opinions and a reason to have them.



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