Combine for 250 acre

Farmer mk1

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sheffield
Hello,
After some advice on combines as it’s all new to us. We grow about 250 acre between wheat barley and beans or rape and want a combine to do this job.
Would like to spend little as possible around 25k ish to 30k on something to do the job. Lesser electrics the better and would like to be able to repair it our selves etc.
Would like a claas dominator or something like a NH tx model.
What is a good combine to fit our needs and any opinions on what would be good.
Thanks
Mark
 

Jsmith2211

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Somerset
TX36 as long as being wide doesnt matter, else 34 or a 64/66 would do you well. less electrics go for the 30 series. check the concave for being bent when you buy it, and get a low hour one for rape as its a very small seed so you dont want too many holes in the concave.
 

ORRA LOON

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Location
Moray
We have a TX68 on 220 acres, can hack everything down in 4 days easy if the weathers right. We have 4wd and dual wheels for the more challenging seasons.
We often get a shout to go help others when we’re finished and that helps cover the cost of having it sat in the shed for 52 weeks of the year. Simple machine and parts readily available.
 

Farmer mk1

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sheffield
We just want something they is decent to do the job but we can fix with spanner’s and not need the dealer all the time. Is Massey not a good option to go for?
 

Gapples

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Balerman has it right, Claas & NH combines are popular for a reason, they are very well made.
I worked on Claas combines for most of agricultural engineering career & would say if you can find a nice Dominator 98 or maybe a newer 204 or even a 208 Mega you won't go far wrong.
Just a thought, unless you are not wanting a rotary, a CaseIH Axial Flow would also suit, we also sold a a few of them, the operators generally loved them, they are simple & VERY reliable.
 

Farmer mk1

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sheffield
Right looks like a tx or a dominator then. Leave the fergy alone. We want a straw Walker or similar as straw is a good part of the business so would like something to leave long straw. What’s the main things to look for in these tx and dominator combines? What tends to show its ugly face to need swapping
 

balerman

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Location
N Devon
Right looks like a tx or a dominator then. Leave the fergy alone. We want a straw Walker or similar as straw is a good part of the business so would like something to leave long straw. What’s the main things to look for in these tx and dominator combines? What tends to show its ugly face to need swapping
I know nothing about Dominators,but o a TX the most important thing is the shaker shoe maintenance.Have a look at the main pivot bearings,they need changing around 2500 hrs,they weren’t greaseable from the factory but when changed may have had a grease nipple fitted.
 

Farmer mk1

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sheffield
I could do with an old combine man to come with me when we go to look. Using a contractor this year. What is the difference between a tx 66 and tf78.
 
If you can find a nice jd 1177 or 2054 they'd be good machines for your acreage. Out of the new Holland or claas if you want the best straw out of them I'd be tempted by the claas, as they only have one drum as opposed to new Hollands two which can mash the straw up more if rotten ripe. The claas don't produce the cleanest of samples though
 

Gapples

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Dominators.
Wobble box bearings, oil needs to be changed annually.
Table elevator chains, they are very good & long lasting but you don't want them snapping & going through the drum.
Also check the wood lats the chains run on.
Drum.
Check the drive end for any cracking, make sure it's not almost bald, if the rasp bars are worn sharp they won't thresh very well.
Concave, just check the wires are all in there & it's not damaged.
Have a look at the impeller plates behind the drum, check em all, make sure there not full of holes.
Obviously check all the rubber seals on the pre pan & sieves.
Budget for replacing all the wooden block bearings on both the ISS ( intensive separation system ) & straw walkers unless you have evidence they've been recently replaced.
These wooden blocks dry out, get tight ( or very loose ) ... They then can heat up & I've seen lots of shafts snap, both iss & walker shafts, once again it's all down to servicing really.
Check clean grain & returns elevator chains.
Check the bubble auger gearbox, it's hidden away out of sight so greasing get neglected.
Check the unloading system gearboxes.
Check the drum variator pulleys for wear in the bushes & obviously check all the belts.
Just make sure all the electrics & hydraulics are working.
That's about it I think....
 

Gapples

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I could do with an old combine man to come with me when we go to look. Using a contractor this year. What is the difference between a tx 66 and tf78.

IF you are looking at Dominators in the northeast area I could put you in touch with my mate who is a self employed agricultural engineer.
He has worked on Claas all his life.
 
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