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Just thought it would be interesting to see how long some of you have run your combine. I am on my 23rd season with the 1680. It has treated us very well! If we could buy a new 1680 with a 466 we would. We have farmed where we are now for 19 years, and we are the only farm within a five mile or so radius that has not traded or added a combine in those 19 years. Here are a few pictures of her. As you can see it isn't always all cherries and roses!

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Been a long term relationship with my 1660 as well. Got mine in the summer of 98. It turned 4200 hours this harvest. Looking forward to a few more years with it. Great combine. I'd buy a new one if they still made them. Picture from 2013. 

 

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Matt, the fella (my uncle) whose oats field you took that picture of your 1680 ran a 1440 for the longest time.  I would have to say 20 plus years, but I don’t know for sure.  For many years that 1440 did all his grain harvest, oats, beans and corn.  He also did my dad’s corn some years.  Then he bought a tricked out 1480 and used that for beans and corn, but kept the 1440 and used it exclusively for oats.  The 1480 met its demise when it started dumping water in the oil.  He tried to limp it through the rest of harvest but I think it wiped out the crank bearings before he got finished.  It went to Worthington after that.   I don’t know what happened to the 1440.

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41 minutes ago, Gearclash said:

Matt, the fella (my uncle) whose oats field you took that picture of your 1680 ran a 1440 for the longest time.  I would have to say 20 plus years, but I don’t know for sure.  For many years that 1440 did all his grain harvest, oats, beans and corn.  He also did my dad’s corn some years.  Then he bought a tricked out 1480 and used that for beans and corn, but kept the 1440 and used it exclusively for oats.  The 1480 met its demise when it started dumping water in the oil.  He tried to limp it through the rest of harvest but I think it wiped out the crank bearings before he got finished.  It went to Worthington after that.   I don’t know what happened to the 1440.

The 1440 lives. He still runs it every year in oats. Here is a picture I took from my combine last year when I helped him.

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Wow!  I bet that 1440 has been running on that farm for near enough 30 years.  Maybe even longer.  I don’t recall what he had before that.  I do know for a time he also ran an 815 beside the 1440.  The 815 got parted out.  

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7 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Been a long term relationship with my 1660 as well. Got mine in the summer of 98. It turned 4200 hours this harvest. Looking forward to a few more years with it. Great combine. I'd buy a new one if they still made them. Picture from 2013. 

 

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While they don’t make the 60 size machines they do still make the 80 size new. Caseih never discontinued the 80 size you can still order a new one.

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8 hours ago, INTERNATIONAL 1466 said:

Just thought it would be interesting to see how long some of you have run your combine. I am on my 23rd season with the 1680. It has treated us very well! If we could buy a new 1680 with a 466 we would. We have farmed where we are now for 19 years, and we are the only farm within a five mile or so radius that has not traded or added a combine in those 19 years. Here are a few pictures of her. As you can see it isn't always all cherries and roses!

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I see your 1680 is a 1986 mode year. My great uncle had the same, and a 1984 1480. Both had 30 ft platform heads for dry land wheat. He bought them in about ’93 the 14 was traded in ‘07 and the 16 was about 2013 or ‘14

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The farmer my dad helps cut wheat for had a 2588 he’s had for 7 years at least. A great combine, for this past wheat harvest it had auto steer and a 35 ft Draper head on it. 
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My 1984 1460, I have ran it for 9 years however this will be its 35th harvest. 1984 model but was not delivered until 1985.  Over the years it has had numerous upgrades in both performance and technology. 

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Ran my 615 for 10 years then bought my 1981 1460 five year ago and will probably run that till I’m done.

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2 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

Wi IH, that is one awesome looking 1460!

Thanks it pretty nice, need to fix a few flaws and needs to be polished 

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I don't have any pictures of it on my phone but we still combine 100 acres a year with our 914 pull type that we bought new in 1978.  We bought this 2388 last year so this is our 2nd year on this one

 

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No where near as long as any of these entries. We have had this 2005 2377 for 5 years now. 3 owners i think. The guy we bought it from was farming all rented ground and his base of operations was rented after Starr Commonwealth got out of farming in the early 80s. When Starr sold most the farm ground in 2014 it ended his farming career. We bought his combine in 2015. A bunch of his stuff ended up in our neighborhood between all the neighbors.

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I've had this 1460 for over 20 years now.

It's a rice special combine. Notice the long unloading auger, no grain tank extension, high profile and mud hog. The 16.5 810 header is just right in good rice. Not many of the 1460 rice combines left.

The second pic  shows me harvesting green rice, around 20 percent moisture.

I also have a 1480  I  bought when the 1460 engine failed, operator error. I use it as well but I'm bonded to my old 1460.

Both are 1979 models. I strongly prefer the simplicity of the stick controlled hydraulics.

Thx-Ace

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This will be the 8th year we’ve had our 2188. Been a great machine with little issues or break downs. It’s a late model one before they went to the 23’s so it has a lot of the upgrades on it. Sure beats the old gleaner n7 that we had

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3 hours ago, dale560 said:

While they don’t make the 60 size machines they do still make the 80 size new. Caseih never discontinued the 80 size you can still order a new one.

 

I'm betting there are not many parts on the new ones that would fit the old 1680. I like the simplicity of the older machines. More electric controls seem to mean more things that can go wrong. Even my 1660, first day of harvest this year, when I turned the lights on, all the other electrics stopped. Cab fan, belt tighteners, basically all stopped until I turned the lights off. A few on/off cycles of the switch and it was ok with no further incidents. 

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7 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

I'm betting there are not many parts on the new ones that would fit the old 1680. I like the simplicity of the older machines. More electric controls seem to mean more things that can go wrong. Even my 1660, first day of harvest this year, when I turned the lights on, all the other electrics stopped. Cab fan, belt tighteners, basically all stopped until I turned the lights off. A few on/off cycles of the switch and it was ok with no further incidents. 

The rotor and major drives are almost the same as the original designs. Updated though to increase life

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  We bought this 2366 new and took delivery of it in 2001.  It is unlikely that I will ever own another combine that will be as reliable as this one.  We have done a lot of work to it over the last 4000 plus hours, maintenance, not in field repairs.  The unloading auger did fail last fall as we finished up.  In fact we took the rotor out this fall and replaced the transition cone and auger bed.  It’s back together and ready to go for another harvest.  It won’t be on the farm much longer as I have grown the operation to the point it is time to move to a bigger machine but I will harvest at least one more crop with it.  

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The 850 Massey we bought used in 1994, it had around 1,000 hours showing. Probably closer to 4,000 now I imagine. The 2188 we bought in 2012 I think it was. Might have been a year either way. It’s got 5150 hours on it now. Put a little over 1,000 hours on it since we bought it. The 850 might leave the farm one of these years. Looking at 8010 and 8120 combines now. I’ve done quite a bit of work to the 2188 so I think it’ll be around for a while yet. 

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1460, have been running it since 2015.  I am having my soybeans custom cut this year, so only running corn with my combine.  It has 6100 hours on it and needs quite a bit of work.  Not sure if I want to fix it, buy a newer or nicer 1460 or 1660, or just stop combining my own crops.

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Bought my 1480 from the original owner. 1984 model that he ran till 2014. It sat in 2015 and I bought it just before harvest 2016. Its got the head on and ready for my 5th harvest with it.

4450 hours, it's been updated a ton, I plan on putting a 1680 clean grain elevator in it. At that point it will basically be a 1680 in 1480 cloths.

 

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the ol 1440 grandpa bought in 82 or 83 was here till 2008 or 2009, ran almost 30 yrs here and just ran never had a major break down till the last year we ran it then started increasing acres the ol girl was just to small to keep only had around 2900 hrs when it left to a neighbour and he ran it to about 4000hrs and now its semi retired in his shed as a spare,

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