How is your JD x9 combine performing?

MX7

Member
Location
cotswolds
I think a TFF member is using a JD x9 series combine this year, is it living up to the purchasers expectations,the same question applies to any one operating a Claas 8900.
I ask as a machinery geek, and not someone who has to make the financial practicalities of making such a major purchase/investment!!!
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
I think a TFF member is using a JD x9 series combine this year, is it living up to the purchasers expectations,the same question applies to any one operating a Claas 8900.
I ask as a machinery geek, and not someone who has to make the financial practicalities of making such a major purchase/investment!!!
I’ve seen quite a few running on Instagram, most impressive has been the Macdon FD2 Flex Draper headers - Claas Convio’s also doing a fantastic job on severely lodged crops
 

MX7

Member
Location
cotswolds
I’ve seen quite a few running on Instagram, most impressive has been the Macdon FD2 Flex Draper headers - Claas Convio’s also doing a fantastic job on severely lodged crops
Thank you,unfortunately I can’t remember the TFF member that said this is what turned up to day , a JD X9 series’s combine.
 

bluegreen

Member
Watched a pair at work the other evening, obviously their operators are used to them now and they are bloomin quick!!! As Slim said, there are 6 operating round here this season and im very impressed.
Now Claas are in the unusual position of having to respond!
 

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Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Watched a pair at work the other evening, obviously their operators are used to them now and they are bloomin quick!!! As Slim said, there are 6 operating round here this season and im very impressed.
Now Claas are in the unusual position of having to respond!
How would they compare to a 8900?
 
How would they compare to a 8900?
A 8900 would be my choice. A better all round machine that can flit from barley to wheat to osr at the push of a button. Better residual value, better back up. A no brainier from where we are based. Neighbour had a new jd this season, snapped a shaft in the header, not one in the uk and 2 days from Germany then a day to fit. While it was stood claas got them a demo machine to keep going.
These pure rotary machines are ok in big fields of wheat while chopping the straw but I’ve yet to see one leave a decent swath (See video) https://www.doubledaygroup.co.uk/news/caley-farms-x9-testimonial/
 

nick...

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
south norfolk
A 8900 would be my choice. A better all round machine that can flit from barley to wheat to osr at the push of a button. Better residual value, better back up. A no brainier from where we are based. Neighbour had a new jd this season, snapped a shaft in the header, not one in the uk and 2 days from Germany then a day to fit. While it was stood claas got them a demo machine to keep going.
These pure rotary machines are ok in big fields of wheat while chopping the straw but I’ve yet to see one leave a decent swath (See video) https://www.doubledaygroup.co.uk/news/caley-farms-x9-testimonial/
Just watched that video and the combine is just astonishing.just looks so impressive with a massive output.
nick…
 

bluegreen

Member
I watched the one from the video working in a 30 acre wheat field on Wednesday evening and it is a stunning machine, it also covers the ground very quick. But to do 100 tonnes an hour consistently requires huge fields and by my maths a 30+ acre field of maybe 4 ton acre quality shouldnt take 2 hours plus to harvest if the claimed average is 100 tonnes! Im very impressed with the X9 and JD have blown their own S series combines out of the water, but as Slim said in an earlier post the Claas 8900 may still be the better allrounder.

I agree with Yorkie as well, there are four huge JD farms in these parts and only Fendt get a look in on one of them, they likely all will have a pair of X9s by next summer and currently have 6 between them and the farm managers probably have matching John Deere duvet covers and pillow cases too :)
 

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The ‘100 tons per hour’ figure being proclaimed is likely spot rate and not average so you can knock 10% off at least for headlands and turning etc. Also this year there is a large amount of straw of which I’m finding is still not 100 ripe and really the limiting factor on output, struggling to get spot rates over 65tph with our 770.
On a bright sunny day, which we have not had many this harvest, in the right sized field with a 4t + short strawed crop then I’d say these figures are easily achievable and i bet the claas and nh wouldn’t be far behind
 

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