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gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer

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gary in neb.

02-13-2018 16:19:07




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so i'm looking for a grinder mixer to replace my farmhand F-1. guy down the road has a gehl 65 with what i think is a 55 hammer mill. pretty nice shape, wants $2950.00. online auction has a couple of new holland 355's coming up. first did Gehl make a 65 with a 55 hammer mill? looks tiny. also since i dont know anything about the Gehl, does the ground feed get "sucked" up to the blower and then goes into the mixer tank? have the same question on the 355. My farmhand has the double auger off the bottom of the hammer's.
i grind ear corn for my cattle. the little hammers in the Gehl look like they will bend. both have augers to the hopper which the one i have now does not and that makes for a pain.
all thoughts appreciated.
Gary

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david from kansas

02-14-2018 07:16:35




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
Had some experience with a NH 355 but no other models. Only ever had one problem with the NH and that was a bearing replacement one time which was pretty easy. I did not grind a lot of grain because I only fed a few feeder hogs and a few growing cattle so I wasn't grinding a huge amount, maybe a grinder full per week. I was just tired of paying the local coop a arm and a leg for grinding and delivering feed and was working full time off the farm so had to do the grinding on week-ends or evenings. They are not nearly as popular around here as they used to be as there are very few small hog/cattle operations. I sold mine a few years ago and it sold really cheap. My son bought it as he has quite a few cattle.

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gary in neb.

02-14-2018 06:44:50




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
thanks for all the thoughts. either would probably work for me no more then I grind. usually once a month.
Gary



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rrlund

02-14-2018 06:39:01




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
I think you're comparing machines from two different eras there. Like everybody else,my 65 had a 55 mill. There were some gears that ran the auger that feeds in to the mill that I kept wearing out. I had to rebuild the gearbox three times or more too.



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Destroked 450

02-13-2018 22:39:13




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
I bought a Gehl 95 a couple years ago to replace my very worn out NH 352.

I prefer a NH but good ones are getting harder to find and are pricey, only complaint I have on the Gehl is the unloading auger is a little slow. It'll grind corn faster than it will unload it.



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Brown Swiss

02-13-2018 21:29:21




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
The 65 we have here has a 55 mill on it, the fan blew up on the original so they found a mill in the junk yard from a 55. There is an auger that throws the feed into the fan so yes all the feed goes through the fan on the 65s. They changed that on the 95s. There is also a serial number break on the 65s, the early ones have a lighter shaft in the transmission for the mixing auger, they are prone to break. Later used same gearbox as 95. To add, the hammers are not going to bend! LOL

I know nothing about the NH!

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JMS/.MN

02-13-2018 19:34:52




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
I started farming in 1972 with a Gehl 65 grinder mixer...had the 55 hammer mill on it. Can"t believe that kind of price on such an old machine. Those unloading auger gears are miserable to replace. Gehl likes to put odd size shafts/bearings on their machines...proprietary issues. I sold my Gehl 90 or 100 (all hyd) to a neighbor ten years ago for $900. I had bought it at auction for less, used it a few years. Mill prices are nuts now.

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DoubleR

02-13-2018 17:28:30




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
I'm no expert but I just went through replacing my JD 400 grinder mixer and did allot of looking and shopping in a 4 state area. Even though I ended up with a Arts-Way I would say the New Holland 355 is one of the better units out there. It was more mixer than I needed and more money than I wanted to spend on one. I bid up to 5,000 for one in a Auction and let it go for 5500. Even though they don't make them anymore parts are still easy to get and are more popular in my area hence the good resale value of them. Gehl makes a good unit too but I was concerned about parts availability although people claimed it wouldn't be a problem. I brought the Arts-Way because of parts availability and price of the unit I purchased, I've been happy so far.

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JD Seller

02-13-2018 16:42:47




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to gary in neb., 02-13-2018 16:19:07  
The New Holland 355 mill is one of the best ever made. If it is in good condition it will bring a lot more than $2950. Parts for the NH mill will be easier to get at this time. Neither Gehl or NH make grinder mixers anymore. The worry with Gehl is they are dropping support for the majority of the agriculture equipment. The company is focusing only on construction equipment. I know of Gehl forage harvester that are not much over 10 years old and you can not buy OEM parts for them.

H&S must have bought the patients for the Gehl mixer because they are selling one that sure looks like the Gehl mixer. I would not bet on any parts interchanging though.

As for how the feed comes off/out the hammer mill. What falls through the screen lands into a auger that takes it back to the bottom of the vertical mixing auger. The small fan and centrifuge just handles the dust off the hammer mill, there would be very little material going up it. All modern mills are this way. Only the old stationary mills handle the feed with a blower.

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paul

02-14-2018 22:23:52




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to JD Seller, 02-13-2018 16:42:47  
Our 50 and 55 Gehl mills indeed ran all the feed up through the fan. The auger ends in a paddle - kind of a tiny snow thrower paddle - that throws the feed up into the fan, the fan flings it all up the pipe into the cyclone.

Don't know about the 65.

Can't imagine a 65 going that high, I bought my 55 for $150 years ago. The 50 is rusting away in the grove. Maybe a 65 is a much more modern machine?

Paul

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tomstractorsandtoys

02-13-2018 18:22:39




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 Re: gehl 55 vs new holland 355 grinder mixer in reply to JD Seller, 02-13-2018 16:42:47  
H&S did not buy the patents. They tried and Gehl would not even talk to them as they have no interest in farm implements anymore. H&S just copied the Gehl and made a few improvements. This came from a company rep at a farm show a few years ago. Tom



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