488 is basically a newer version of the 479. Both are 9' machines. 488 model is still made today. For practical purposes either likely to perform same in field so buy based on condition and price.
489 was a deluxe version of 488 and is also 9' cut machine. The head floats independently on the 489. As to the 489: People either seem to love em or hate em, but all readily admit that the 489 is much harder to work on and a few have been known to break the tongue out. 489 no longer made today so the design did not survive the long haul. Personally, I would not be afraid of a cherry 489 but if abused then I would rather have a 488, 479, or even 46? models as they are simpler and more plentiful for finding used parts.
Myself, I use a Hesston 1120 as I find it even simpler than a New Holland design. Easier for me to keep old junk operational affordably the simpler and more durable that it is. No expensive wobble box or roller delamination problems on my Hesston like the New Holland systems.
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This post was edited by rankrank1 at 11:42:26 11/18/12 2 times.
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