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Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:44 PM

The big farmer around us was taking down the beans with this monster. It’s the biggest combine that IH makes and it moves. The bean head is as wide as a school bus is long!

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:47 PM

Good grief. That thing is huge!
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:51 PM

Over $300,000 was the number for it I heard.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Over $300,000 was the number for it I heard.


Great price considering it sits in a shed 11 months a year. And I think your number is low unless it was used. :wallbanging:
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 11:15 PM

Great price considering it sits in a shed 11 months a year. And I think your number is low unless it was used. :wallbanging:


It was brand new when they got it, the price I heard may of been low idk.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 11:46 PM

I roughly figured when his hopper is full of beans on the combine,it has a market value of $6300!
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 11:56 PM

I worked for a farmer about 8 years ago, he ran around 5000 acres. Still do a quite abit work for him. We were talking a few weeks back and asked him how much his new combine (JD 680) cost him. Didn't get a exact number, but was over $500,000 and the corn and bean heads $400,000. Was thinking to myself "good greif thats crazy".

Then we were talking how big the stuff is getting and wondering if it can get any bigger! When your combine takes up a 2 lane road and then some (without the head), I thinks it big enough.

What ever happened to the old days of sittin on an open cab combine in the middle of Nov. pickin corn during a snow storm just to feed the livestock through the winter.
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Posted October 17, 2012 - 04:57 AM

I don't understand the economics of farming anymore at all, but I do know that the bigger farms and bigger equipment is what it takes to survive these days. You pay more for equipment, and input costs are insane, so what makes it possible to make a living is economies of scale. Also remember that farming is a business and equipment depreciation is a tax right-off.
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Posted October 17, 2012 - 05:18 AM

Looks like it does a great job on flat ground. Wonder how much he cusses terraces?
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Posted October 17, 2012 - 05:31 AM

That's huge !! It's as wide as my whole garden ! I wonder how well it does on ground thats uneven being so wide ? Thanks for those pictures , Al
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Posted October 17, 2012 - 05:56 AM

Nice shots! This is only a Class 9 combine though I do believe. Where as JD S690 is Class 10 and Claas and Cat have a Class 10 as well. Have any shots ofthe trucks or grain cart?

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 07:39 AM

I don't understand the economics of farming anymore at all, but I do know that the bigger farms and bigger equipment is what it takes to survive these days. You pay more for equipment, and input costs are insane, so what makes it possible to make a living is economies of scale. Also remember that farming is a business and equipment depreciation is a tax right-off.

For the farmers in my area it is: Go big or sell out!

Looks like it does a great job on flat ground. Wonder how much he cusses terraces?

Just last week a farmer was talking about his new grain head and how wide it was. It actually flexes some to follow the contour of the ground. So I said, "does it bend down at the ends when you lift the head?" and he said, "Yes, quite a lot!"

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 08:17 AM

It really amazes me when I see two of those in a field, how little time it takes to mow down a whole field. Not unusual to see 3 or four semi-hopper bottoms waiting to be loaded and often 1 on the road.
And I think the price on average for machines that size is $500,000 (That's a half million guys).
The machines used on hilly and or rough ground are all wheel drive and I see a lot of them on tracks too.
Farmers out here have about 87% of the corn & beans harvested(according to radio report) and that is a full month early due to the dry conditions and drought.

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 08:33 AM

Big equipment has moved into my area also. We rent out the crop ground to a crop farmer that runs several thousand acres. The combines harvest faster than it can be hauled away with 3 semi's.

On the plus side the combine does a much better job than the old 2 row picker I used to use (he runs a 12 row) It is hard to find any grain anywhere in the field when he's done.

As I understand it most of the equipment is rented and not bought. Perhaps the price difference between a 6 and 12 row machine isn't that much?


Hay making has been super sized also, I watched them chop and haul away hay from a 20 acre field in about 2 hours. Back in the day that would have taken me 2 to 3 days ! They didn't even break out in a sweat like I used to....

This year we were 10 inches short of rain so I would guess that production was about half of normal.

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 11:08 AM

What ever happened to the old days of sittin on an open cab combine in the middle of Nov. pickin corn during a snow storm just to feed the livestock through the winter.


I do it every year with a one tie row new idea and an open station jd.

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