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New Holland Field Chopper

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03-21-2001 18:34:36

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Does anybody have any experience with using a N.H. 700 series chopper (770, 782 or similar) for chopping alfalfa haylage. We are looking at buying one and someone said they have a limited capacity in haylage and we should go with and 800 series chopper. We have a super 717 that has dificulties with haylage due to the cut and throw design which is not on anything newer. The 717 is reliable on corn silage and we would like to stay with a New Holland.

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jim ball

06-12-2003 16:05:32

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 Re: New Holland Field Chopper in reply to Wheels, 03-21-2001 18:34:36  
i bought a nh 718 with electric controls with a hay head from a farmer who said that it would not
throw into the back of a wagon. i asked a farmer/ mechanic who had one and also a farmer who had a
nh 880 (cut n thro). both guys said that if you
set the belly pan clearance correctly it will work
aok. my chopper had a new belly pan. i assumed that it was set incorrectly. the service manual says to set it at 1/32. however, with 12 knives there
it no way to check it will a feeler gauge. what i did was to move the new shear bar back as far as
possible from knives. i then re-adjusted all 12 knives to the shear bar and to the knife sharpener. from here, i adjusted the belly pan by
loosening all bolts and then starting by the shear bar, i adjusted clearance w/ one set of bolts
at a time. this worked, once i put on a new deflector. the most important clearance is 180 degrees from shear bar. also, 90 degrees from shear bar are two holes which can be used with an
alignment punch to move the belly pan towards the knives and free them for movement.

granted that the 790, 782 890 etc. are better machines for haylage but for economy sake the 718 is ok. i do 30 acres of first cutting with orchard
grass and ladino clover.

write me if you have questions.

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03-24-2001 22:05:47

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 Re: New Holland Field Chopper in reply to Wheels, 03-21-2001 18:34:36  
Wheels,I have a custom chopping and bagging service and have been pulling a NH892 chopper for several years.The 717 is a good machine in corn but hay is an entirely different story.I highly recommend 890 or 892 if you want to chop alfalfa.The 717 just won't blow it hard enough because of the design,unless you don't chop the alfalfa until it's dry enough for baleing.

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03-26-2001 06:36:06

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 Re: Re: New Holland Field Chopper in reply to Bubba, 03-24-2001 22:05:47  
How about a 770 or 782 New Holland? Do they work better in haylage than a 717? We are looking at a 782 coming up on an auction in a few weeks.
Thank you very much,

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