New combine cost

Fraserb

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
At 500 yards just think of the savings if you cut out the haulage middleman and drove the combine to the store to empty 🤦🏻‍♂️😂

Me and Ben had to do that very thing last night, we'd sold too much kit to fund our s790 on tracks that we didn't have a spare tractor so just ran the combine to store or feed I'll depending on field, admittedly this may have taken place on farming simulator.
 

Renaultman

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Darlington
£200k for carting grain, then there is the trailer, the driver and not insignificant running costs. Is it just me or does anybody else consider it to be commercial insanity.
With a small ring fenced farm we are only hauling it about 500 yards by tractor at most, not like the lads hauling it half way across the county from combine to store. But we are inefficient of course. We don’t have the necessary scale.🙄
I just hire one for grain haulage and autumn planting, scary bill but no running costs and take a long time for it to add up to 200k
 

renewablejohn

Member
Location
lancs
A 13.5m header for a Claas combine will cost about £ 120,000. The cost of the bit that it fits on will make you cry. However you can get a new Indian built New Holland with 15 foot cut and 130 hp engine for £60,000
This is what I cannot understand. We used to swath OSR and then pick up with a small header combine. It worked so well we extended swathing to wheat and barley keeping the small header just increasing the capacity of the combine. Others went down the bigger the header the better the combine route but we could never justify the capital cost of the big headers.
 

Stephen E

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
South Northants
To be fair, we have had some thick crops of hay this year!
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daveydiesel1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
A 13.5m header for a Claas combine will cost about £ 120,000. The cost of the bit that it fits on will make you cry. However you can get a new Indian built New Holland with 15 foot cut and 130 hp engine for £60,000
Its gettin it sneaked past the workers at the border is the problem alough am sure if u knew who to ask it could be sorted for a reasonable donation
 

tw15

Member
Location
DORSET
Bums on seats
It is getting to the stage that bums on seats is going to be cheaper than buying a 500 k combine and having one bum on a seat a year . Getting staff is not that hard and if you are prepared to put a bit of time in there are plenty of youngsters who want to get experience to help start there careers but would not get a chance to learn as no one in their right mind would let them lose on a 500 k machine first off . As we work them in the same field usually us older boys help them out and keep an eye on them . That gives me a idea combine training courses they can pay and play . Win win Might be able to afford a holiday in Bournemouth :D .
 

kiwi pom

Member
Location
canterbury NZ
It is getting to the stage that bums on seats is going to be cheaper than buying a 500 k combine and having one bum on a seat a year . Getting staff is not that hard and if you are prepared to put a bit of time in there are plenty of youngsters who want to get experience to help start there careers but would not get a chance to learn as no one in their right mind would let them lose on a 500 k machine first off . As we work them in the same field usually us older boys help them out and keep an eye on them . That gives me a idea combine training courses they can pay and play . Win win Might be able to afford a holiday in Bournemouth :D .
Amazing how much money some people will spend just to avoid another operator on a tenner an hour.
 

icanshootwell

Member
Location
Ross-on-wye
This is what I cannot understand. We used to swath OSR and then pick up with a small header combine. It worked so well we extended swathing to wheat and barley keeping the small header just increasing the capacity of the combine. Others went down the bigger the header the better the combine route but we could never justify the capital cost of the big headers.
They swath a lot in USA, saw barley done that way on a u tube vid, why don,t more swath in this country? would it be the wet summers were prone too.
 

Lowland1

Member
Mixed Farmer
It is getting to the stage that bums on seats is going to be cheaper than buying a 500 k combine and having one bum on a seat a year . Getting staff is not that hard and if you are prepared to put a bit of time in there are plenty of youngsters who want to get experience to help start there careers but would not get a chance to learn as no one in their right mind would let them lose on a 500 k machine first off . As we work them in the same field usually us older boys help them out and keep an eye on them . That gives me a idea combine training courses they can pay and play . Win win Might be able to afford a holiday in Bournemouth :D .
Our neighbour at home who does our combining runs a newish New Holland and a TX 36 this year his TX36 has broken down so he’s bought another TX 36 off eBay and when his other TX is fixed he’s going to run them all together problem is staff he’s the youth in his early’50’s everyone else is approaching retirement age.
As for new machines my son had never driven a combine in his life this year whilst moving headers and bits and pieces around he’s been on a Claas 8900 with a 13.5 header and he says it’s so easy he can’t understand why his Grandad used to make such hard work of it with his 15 foot cut Dominator 86.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
We used to swath cereals years ago here. A couple of days rain on the swath and you were in a pickle. You couldn’t ted it. You couldn’t wuffle it. The underside slowly turned to manure and the weeds grew through them. So the only crop we swath here is OSR. Stiff straw on a tall stubble but even then we have some close
calls when we have had a lot of rain on the swaths.
 

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