combine for 800 acres.

tinkerman

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Arable Farmer
thinking of getting our own combine after years of contractors. which make and model would everyone choose for the job.
we have all major dealers reasonably close by. cutting 800 acres wheat,barley and osr and need to make a good job of chopping and spreading the straw.
we will also bale a reasonable amount.
 

T Hectares

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Location
Berkshire
thinking of getting our own combine after years of contractors. which make and model would everyone choose for the job.
we have all major dealers reasonably close by. cutting 800 acres wheat,barley and osr and need to make a good job of chopping and spreading the straw.
we will also bale a reasonable amount.
Get the largest and newest Claas/CNH/JD you can afford 👍🏻
 

T Hectares

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Location
Berkshire
presumably there is nothing much between all the major manufacturers
Plenty of differences, it depends on your preferences and what you want to achieve
Do you have good drying/cleaning/hauling facilities?
What part of the country ( weather windows/ field size )?
Chopping or baling most of the straw ?
Will you service it or dealer?

Avoid the manufacturer I didn’t mention in my original list and you will fine 😂
 

Phil P

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Arable Farmer
Location
North West
£30k ish ??
Should be able to run a decent machine for that, that’s if the rest of the harvest Jigsaw is in place…
Have to remember with a contractor the price will include an extra man and probably the fuel as well and need to be put into the equation when working out a budget to buy a machine machine rather than a contractor.

If your spending 30k a year on a contractor it won’t mean there’s 30k a year to put toward a finance package as fuel and labour will be on top.
Hope that makes sense.
A good extra man at harvest can be worth a lot!
 

T Hectares

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Location
Berkshire
Have to remember with a contractor the price will include an extra man and probably the fuel as well and need to be put into the equation when working out a budget to buy a machine machine rather than a contractor.

If your spending 30k a year on a contractor it won’t mean there’s 30k a year to put toward a finance package as fuel and labour will be on top.
Hope that makes sense.
A good extra man at harvest can be worth a lot!
Yep, pretty confident in how machinery costings V contractor works thanks 👍🏻
You’ll notice I used the word “run” rather than “purchase” as £37.50/acre should be achievable to run a combine on 800 acres
The first one with no trade will be the worst but it’ll improve with a trade in on the next one, that’s without any of the timeliness considerations…
 

tinkerman

Member
Arable Farmer
to answer your questions, we have drying and good haulage, north yorkshire, 70% chopping and would get the dealer to check it over after the first few years.
thanks for all the replies. we dont think there is a lot of saving having your own combine over a contractor but obviously timeliness is improved.
 

melted welly

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Arable Farmer
Location
DD9.
Buy a tidy 2nd hand one that someone else has taken the hit on.

Buy the biggest one that fits the budget and is realistic for your situation. You won’t regret having too much capacity. I’m an NH fan, depend also what your local dealers are like, that would be a major factor.
 
Buy a tidy 2nd hand one that someone else has taken the hit on.

Buy the biggest one that fits the budget and is realistic for your situation. You won’t regret having too much capacity. I’m an NH fan, depend also what your local dealers are like, that would be a major factor.

Can't argue with this- more money spent on additional combine capacity may save a lot of money in a few catchy seasons as you can avoid too much drying.
 

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