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Finished up my canola yesterday afternoon aside from those green patches I cut out. Got the swather moved homE safely again. Pow wow traffic wasn’t to bad thankfully. Last night there was sure a pile of cars on the road though.  Got started back up combining barley late afternoon. Got tough around 8:00 though. Managed to get the semi full again and quit at 9:00 though.  Was odd I was up in the middle of the night and it had actually warmed up outside. The grass was dry again and the wind was slightly blowing and the very heavy smoke that had moved in was mostly all gone.  Helped me get a early start on spraying my canola. Not sure if that was the best move yet but we’ll see I guess. Shelled out a little bit and of course trampled some. 

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Got started on our spring wheat yesterday. Have 200 acres to do. We got it in late this spring. Seeded it last week of May. But someone was smiling on us. It has been dry all summer. This area caught a couple little showers nobody else got. Opening truckload of field was 704 net bushels and right at 12 acres combined. I think that came to 59 bpa. Had 31 acres done last night and rough avg for start of field was a bit over 55 bpa. Hopefully yield holds out through the rest of field. 

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9 minutes ago, dale560 said:

Got started on our spring wheat yesterday. Have 200 acres to do. We got it in late this spring. Seeded it last week of May. But someone was smiling on us. It has been dry all summer. This area caught a couple little showers nobody else got. Opening truckload of field was 704 net bushels and right at 12 acres combined. I think that came to 59 bpa. Had 31 acres done last night and rough avg for start of field was a bit over 55 bpa. Hopefully yield holds out through the rest of field. 

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I have lots of memories in a cab like that, but ours wasn’t an 8820. You never see them in corn country anymore. People just have mostly given up on them because of how many bushels have been through them. Is that a 930 head?

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1 hour ago, DT Fan said:

There is a guy North and East of me about 10 miles that still runs 8820's. Think he has one running and two parts machines. He's a great mechanic so keeping them going probably isn't that big a deal for him.

They were an impressive machine in their day. How long they will run just depends on how hard you want to work. I’ve never run one, but remember being very envious of some guys that had them around here. Maybe I’ll collect one someday. I always wanted to put a 12 row corn head on one just for fun and see how well it handles it. 

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4 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

I have lots of memories in a cab like that, but ours wasn’t an 8820. You never see them in corn country anymore. People just have mostly given up on them because of how many bushels have been through them. Is that a 930 head?

Yes it works well locked up for wheat. The finger reel and stainless bottom. In some low spots it is touching a 100 boa not many spots but a few. The old 8820 is down to 1.5 or 2 mph. In a couple years we want to upgrade to a late 2388.

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2 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

They were an impressive machine in their day. How long they will run just depends on how hard you want to work. I’ve never run one, but remember being very envious of some guys that had them around here. Maybe I’ll collect one someday. I always wanted to put a 12 row corn head on one just for fun and see how well it handles it. 

 The high pressure ac hose blew when I started yesterday. 2 days above 90 with just a fan in cab and I am grinning ear to ear. This is my happy time.

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1 hour ago, dale560 said:

Yes it works well locked up for wheat. The finger reel and stainless bottom. In some low spots it is touching a 100 boa not many spots but a few. The old 8820 is down to 1.5 or 2 mph. In a couple years we want to upgrade to a late 2388.

What about a 2588?  No doubt the 2388 will be a nicer machine to run and maintain.  Performance wise from my experience it will be a sideways move.  

 

1 hour ago, dale560 said:

 The high pressure ac hose blew when I started yesterday. 2 days above 90 with just a fan in cab and I am grinning ear to ear. This is my happy time.

One redeeming feature about those cabs was 2 doors you could open to let a breeze through.  Had to do that a few times.  

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3 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

They were an impressive machine in their day. How long they will run just depends on how hard you want to work. I’ve never run one, but remember being very envious of some guys that had them around here. Maybe I’ll collect one someday. I always wanted to put a 12 row corn head on one just for fun and see how well it handles it. 

First combine I got to run by myself way back then was a yellow top 8820.  In almost every way but comfort it was the better combine between it and the 9600 we ran with it.  Still have it too.  Wouldn’t be afraid to get it out and cut 100 acres with it.  1,000 aces I’d have to fix or replace a few things:)

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3 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

First combine I got to run by myself way back then was a yellow top 8820.  In almost every way but comfort it was the better combine between it and the 9600 we ran with it.  Still have it too.  Wouldn’t be afraid to get it out and cut 100 acres with it.  1,000 aces I’d have to fix or replace a few things:)

Yellow top 6620 was the first one I ever ran. 

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1 hour ago, Big Bud guy said:

What about a 2588?  No doubt the 2388 will be a nicer machine to run and maintain.  Performance wise from my experience it will be a sideways move.  

 

One redeeming feature about those cabs was 2 doors you could open to let a breeze through.  Had to do that a few times.  

2588 have the common rail inj system and injectors are speedy. The last year 2388 were the 2588 with old style injection. Except for some late 2388s had the 2588 engine. They ran into it in local dealer here ordered a reman for a late 2388 had a hard time getting right engine. I keep doors closed just because the wind is wrong both days. I can remember when a swamp cooler on a combine was considered state of the art. 

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1 hour ago, Big Bud guy said:

First combine I got to run by myself way back then was a yellow top 8820.  In almost every way but comfort it was the better combine between it and the 9600 we ran with it.  Still have it too.  Wouldn’t be afraid to get it out and cut 100 acres with it.  1,000 aces I’d have to fix or replace a few things:)

We ran a 9600 and 9610 together and my favorite 9610 was an animal compared to the 9600. It had a 30% power chip on it, which should have put it at 357 hp. The 9600 also had a power chip, but it did not respond as well. I had Maurer extensions that would hold 400 bushel of corn in the hopper. That thing would take 12 rows of 200 bushel/acre corn, with the hopper full going up hill in the mud no problem. A bolt of lightning took that combine out last year with 9,900 engine hours. I still hope to repair it, but it won’t be used this year. That mechanical 8.1 liter was awesome in it. 

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3 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

We ran a 9600 and 9610 together and my favorite 9610 was an animal compared to the 9600. It had a 30% power chip on it, which should have put it at 357 hp. The 9600 also had a power chip, but it did not respond as well. I had Maurer extensions that would hold 400 bushel of corn in the hopper. That thing would take 12 rows of 200 bushel/acre corn, with the hopper full going up hill in the mud no problem. A bolt of lightning took that combine out last year with 9,900 engine hours. I still hope to repair it, but it won’t be used this year. That mechanical 8.1 liter was awesome in it. 

A 9610 would fill our needs too. Think I am get 3 or 3.5 acres an hour done with the 8820. Some green yet I. The straw so it pulls hard. Burned a 100 gals of fuel to combine 60 acres.

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42 minutes ago, dale560 said:

A 9610 would fill our needs too. Think I am get 3 or 3.5 acres an hour done with the 8820. Some green yet I. The straw so it pulls hard. Burned a 100 gals of fuel to combine 60 acres.

I’ve never cut any spring wheat. I don’t know a thing about it. 100 bu winter wheat with some green straw would put a monster load on a combine around here. Our winter wheat made around 60 bu and we considered it a success. The double crop beans after the wheat look good, but it is extremely dry right now. They need some water to finish out. There won’t be any harvest around here for a while yet. 

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17 minutes ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

I’ve never cut any spring wheat. I don’t know a thing about it. 100 bu winter wheat with some green straw would put a monster load on a combine around here. Our winter wheat made around 60 bu and we considered it a success. The double crop beans after the wheat look good, but it is extremely dry right now. They need some water to finish out. There won’t be any harvest around here for a while yet. 

Some varieties of spring wheat thresh easier than others. This is a newer westbred variety and it is tougher to thresh. Winter wheat generally is easier to combine. The worst is rye but now everybody but us sprays with roundup to weaken the straw and speed up harvest. 

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52 minutes ago, dale560 said:

Some varieties of spring wheat thresh easier than others. This is a newer westbred variety and it is tougher to thresh. Winter wheat generally is easier to combine. The worst is rye but now everybody but us sprays with roundup to weaken the straw and speed up harvest. 

Tough threshing wheat and green straw is a weak spot on axial flows red and green.  

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6 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

We ran a 9600 and 9610 together and my favorite 9610 was an animal compared to the 9600. It had a 30% power chip on it, which should have put it at 357 hp. The 9600 also had a power chip, but it did not respond as well. I had Maurer extensions that would hold 400 bushel of corn in the hopper. That thing would take 12 rows of 200 bushel/acre corn, with the hopper full going up hill in the mud no problem. A bolt of lightning took that combine out last year with 9,900 engine hours. I still hope to repair it, but it won’t be used this year. That mechanical 8.1 liter was awesome in it. 

Our 9600 was a good combine overall but the 8820 was the better combine other than the cab.  The 8820 cleaned the grain better than the 9600.  You could set the shoe and fan on the 8820 and never touch for the rest of the harvest.  I was always fiddling around with the 9600 trying to get it to clean as good as the 8820.  And for some reason the 9600 didn't handle weed patches or green spots too well.  The 8820 would just plow right through any of those spots while the 9600 would plug the returns if you weren't careful.  And we had a few issues with the 9600 that the 8820 didn't have like fan bearings going out.  We traded a Titan 2 8820 for the 9600 and I know the guy who bought the 8820.  He told me he ran it against a 9600 and was not impressed with the performance of the 9600 either.  But if I had to cut a lot of acres I would still go with a 9000 series.  Our current 8820 is actually the 3rd one we had and bought it used after we bought the 9600.  

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7 hours ago, dale560 said:

2588 have the common rail inj system and injectors are speedy. The last year 2388 were the 2588 with old style injection. Except for some late 2388s had the 2588 engine. They ran into it in local dealer here ordered a reman for a late 2388 had a hard time getting right engine. I keep doors closed just because the wind is wrong both days. I can remember when a swamp cooler on a combine was considered state of the art. 

i thought you had a 2588 or am i thinkin of some one else ??

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8 hours ago, wheatking said:

i thought you had a 2588 or am i thinkin of some one else ??

We had one but sold it. Kept the 8820 for the little bit we were going to farm. We actually were going to quit farming completely but you just can’t give it up. Glad we kept the bit we did because it is actually fun now now.  Going to get back into a few real nice cows this next spring also. Going to find 10 or so then eventually get to around 40 pairs just to stay busy.  

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They say the protein is low around here. Ours is running 13.5 to13.7 and 64 lbs test weight.  If you draw a line from Minot North Dakota south. West of that they had more timely little rains not a lot of moisture but just enough. They have a decent crop. Then the southern half of state has a better looking crop. Our area in the central part of ND and the northeast part has some tough looking crop. Just depends where you were lucky enough to get a thunderstorm to drop rain on your little spot. Surprising though the wheat crop has been fair for what little moisture we had. Since planting I don’t think there has been more than 4 inches of rain in most spots and that is being generous. Our field is around  5 inches of rain since  May. 1. 

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19 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

Tough threshing wheat and green straw is a weak spot on axial flows red and green.  

Rice is very hard to thresh. It's almost impossible to remove the grain with a std grain rotor (IH) or rasp bars (conventional) without damage the rice. The rice rotor was better but the specialty rotor made the axial flow thresh. The grain rotor was designed to be gentle on grain so I'm told. 

IH was a strong seller in the southern rice combine market. The 915 was a great rice combine. In fact it was still produced into 1979 until the rice special combines came out.  The 915 rice special had a little more capacity in rice until the specialty rotor came out. 

I don't know what happened to Massey  combines but they disappeared quickly in the early 80s round here. Gleaner was quick on their tails.

I realize y'all grow wheat over the summer but the talk of green wheat is hard for me to get in my head. It dries down easily in our hot late spring weather.

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