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Reichow7120 last won the day on May 21 2018

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    Farming, music, rodeos, and all around good times. We farm with a 2013 Farmall 105U, 1996 Case IH 3230, 2 1990 7120 Magnums (1 fwa, 1 2wd ) 1, 1981 IH 786, 1,1963 Farmall 460 gas, and 1 1948 Farmall H. Also have a 2001 2366 combine with the corresponding heads. a 2005 2377 combine. A Case IH 6500 conser til chisel plow and even a 56 forage blower. Also own a 1988 9370 IH Eagle semi tractor to pull hopper bottom.Everything else is a conglomeration of stuff to make the farm go round. Am a IH guy born in the Case IH era.

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  1. If this had been a year ago i wouldn't have ever seen one. 3rd cutting last year. The neighbor across the road from the main farm sold that cutting to someone. They baled it on the ground and had that conveyor attached to a trailer pulled by a pickup. Never had seen one in my neck of the woods (Southern Michigan) until then.
  2. Ive said for a while now that we have the finest government money can buy. The key part money can buy. Most these politicians anymore are up for the highest bidder
  3. Very nice. That H is a year older than mine. Took this picture a few weeks ago when I finished raking hay that day.
  4. The neighbor did that to his 5440.
  5. Again, your road crews know how to work. Thank your lucky stars they haven't taken lessons from the road department i mentioned above. You couldn't get any of them to work Sunday unless it was snowing to save your life. Heck this past week they were filling potholes from the spring thaw by the farm. Been there a while. I should start a post sometime showing the $--- roads around where I live.
  6. Im impressed they were doing road work at 11pm. Around Calhoun County Mi we can't get the County who's responsible for the roads to do anything with them period. Don't get started til 9 in the morning and are quitting at 3 or 3:30. 4 day a week work week.
  7. Different to see a TL pivot for me. Just don't see them in my neck of the woods. See a lot of Valleys, Reinke, and a few Zimmatics. Don't think I've ever seen a TL in person
  8. When leasing a Self Propelled is there a minimum amount of usage you need to put on it? A few years When we were having problems with our 2366 and weren't getting anything done. Dad inquired about leasing a combine. It turns out we didn't put enough hrs on a combine to qualify for a lease and at that time we were running 800 acres a year through it.
  9. I can tell you from personal experience that Deere doesn't keep parts support up on these choppers as well as they do their tractors. We used to have a 38 pull type chopper. It got to the point that we knew the salvage yard in Wayland Mi intimately because our chopper was wore out and it was where we could get parts for it. Small stuff they had but anything big on it was NLA and this was the mid to late 90s when the 38 was old not ancient like it is now. I can't imagine what it's like on it now. We got rid of it in 2000. What did my Dad do. Bought a Fox from a neighbor that hadn't had much use on it. He gets rid of a chopper with minimal parts support to something that has absolutely no parts support with it. Go figure 🤔. We used it for a couple of years until we hooked up with the neighbor with his chopper. Between his 60 acres he chopped and our at the time 50 acres he could justify a self propelled chopper. We use the Fox occasionally to chop a little hay thats it. Like I said. The neighbor quit feeding cattle last fall. So the exchange of labor we had going is no longer needed on his part. He has the beef cows and that's it. Im just discussing what the options are for us smaller guys instead of plunking down 50,000 for chopping 30 acres.
  10. Where are you getting decent self propelled for cheaper than a used pull type? Not around here. Usually you're getting a custom guys cast off with a boat load of hours and wear and tear to boot. Taken care of or not there is a lot of wear and tear on them. I looked up some prices on self propelled choppers for a number of makes. Cheapest Claas i found was a 1997 for 40,000 Cheapest Deere was a 5460 which is mid to late 70s vintage. $15.000 for a 40 plus year old machine Not even going to mention Krone. Everything there is north of a 100 grand. A New Holland from 1980 going for 10 grand. No used pull type from those same time frames goes for that. As i said those 1970s, 1980s stuff has been around the block a time or 2. Your decent stuff is up there in price. 100 acres a custom guy will deal with you. Less than that you're going to struggle to find someone to do it. But are you going to plunk down 30 grand for 50 acres of corn once a year on a 25 plus year old machine? Maybe a few more acres if you chop some hay. As far as your 1400 series comment. Find me a 1400 series that is north of 10 grand anymore. Same time frame as that Deere or New Holland. Its easier to justify that for a combine that can do a lot of different crops to spend that money on than the usage of a chopper. Listen I understand somewhat why they are doing away with the pull types. But there is something to be said about the smaller guys not wanting to plunk down 30,000 plus to do 30 or 40 acres a year one week a year. Heck one less engine, drive train to deal with. There is something to be said for simplicity sometimes. I understand self propelleds have a lot of advantages. They just aren't priced for everyone. Working on the neighbor's 5440 has shown me some of the pitfalls of owning a older machine which would be in our price range.
  11. Very true. But buying a self propelled when at most you are chopping 20 to 50 acres seems not really cost effective. On a good crop year we chop between 15 to 18 acres of corn. We used to chop more until 2011 when a silo tipped and wrecked the feedlot equipment. We've fed hay and ground feed there since. We only fill one 18×50 silo at the main farm we feed to our cow calf pairs because we don't have much pasture for them. Now granted guys like us aren't buying new pull types either but we do buy the trade ins. As i said eventually that supply will be exhausted. Then what? Custom guy isn't going to want to screw around with 15 or 20 acres. We're stuck with giving CPR to what you have or buying a clapped out self propelled because it is what you can afford and give it CPR to get you through.
  12. New Holland by discontinuing that model completely out of the pull type chopper game? Anyone left in the pull type game anymore? I realize that there isn't much of a market for them anymore but there is some. I also realize that there are used ones out there for a while yet. But from experience choppers wear hard and fast so that supply will dwindle as time goes on. What then? Custom guys don't want to dink with small chunks like us. We have a arrangement with a neighbor right now he lets us use his self propelled chopper (JD 5440) and wagons in exchange for helping him. That dynamic has changed though as he quit feeding cattle a year ago. Who knows what is going to happen in the future there.
  13. New Holland 311is a good one too. We have one that Dad and Grandpa bought new in 1986. Seen a lot of bales through that over the years
  14. Im in Michigan and we raise soft red wheat. We used to raise soft white wheat too about 25 years ago.
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