In my opinion there is only one brand to look for as far as Haybines and that's New Holland. Always had good luck with their units, and anytime we dealt with any other brand we ended up back with New Holland. Now, with my biased opinion stated, I've never dealt with Hesston equipment before. Perhaps that is a good unit. So I'll say this.
Look at which dealers you have reasonably close to you and base your decision on that. As good as I feel New Holland Haybines are, they will break just like any other machine and they will break at the most inconvenient time. So getting parts and getting parts in a timely manner is paramount.
Your M will run just about every haybine made with the exception of a 499. If you do go with a New Holland unit there are a few "lemon" units I would steer away from. 489s have a record of gearbox issues, and gearboxes are definately an expensive fix. The big thing with any unit is make sure the rollers are in good shape. Make sure the cutterbar is straight. If it's not straight you will hate life. Just make sure the machine regardless of what make hasn't been abused.
Either way picking up a good unit for around $2000 or less shouldn't be a terribly hard feat. Many bigger operations have moved on to discbines due to their ability to mow much faster than a haybine. Your M won't run a discbine though and quite frankly you don't want to pay the discbine price.
This post was edited by kossuth at 19:33:48 10/01/12.
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