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Trailed forage harvesters

Discussion in 'Machinery' started by zsnotdead, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. never had a problem with crows, we stack in locations where we dont have to haul too far and use 2 NH loader tractors/17 bales a time on each trailer
     
  2. james ds

    james ds Member

    Location:
    leinster
    A big wagon is about £70 k , I have one wagon gone over 6000 acres with out one penny spent on it and it's still the same as new. The bigger wagon I have does 1200 acres / year. For the season I average 14 litres of fuel for the complete job / acre . Hope these facts help.
     
  3. zsnotdead

    zsnotdead Member

    I only cut and lift my out farm but the main grass works out at between 5,6k in contractor charges per cut. I guess labour and diesel would cost me 1k to 1.2k if i did it myself,take off the tax relief on 5k= 1k. Total cost actually for contractor is 3k. Considering the weather window and so many mouths depending on my discissions and the stress i think the contractor is cheap. I still enjoy a bit of silage work but im now on the wrong side of 50 for the diy lark
     
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  4. zsnotdead

    zsnotdead Member

    This is my other baby which i keep for indoor work when silo gets high. 25 years old,and a mans machine 20180726_151036.jpg
     
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  5. Wellytrack

    Wellytrack Member


    6000 acres without a single penny spent? Still as new? Come on. They may have a low running cost, and do a good job, but I think that statement should start with ‘Once upon a time........’
     
  6. Big_D

    Big_D Member

    Location:
    S W Scotland
     
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  7. Hilly

    Hilly Member

    Location:
    Scottish Borders.
    A stiff neck dose not cost money or down time (y)
     
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  8. You must have too much time on your hands if you can make and move 3500 on your tod.
     
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  9. marco

    marco Member

    Location:
    tipperary, ireland
    Still running the same blades pickup tines and gearbox oils as when it was new? No grease? You are in your hole. Is that the one that you split the rotor in half with your fancy blades?
     
  10. james ds

    james ds Member

    Location:
    leinster
    Yes Mark it's on origionial knives. Hasn't had a tine yet . Has been greased and oil changed . Has 5 seasons done now. Here it is a few weeks ago. 20180614_194718.jpg
     
  11. james ds

    james ds Member

    Location:
    leinster
    Work it out anyway you like. 5 years x 1200 acres without a knife or tine replaced. Great machine.
     
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  12. zsnotdead

    zsnotdead Member

    Youd be suprised how well a machine can do when its operated by its owner
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
  13. takes 2 weeks
     
  14. just looks like a trailer whys it 70k? how many tonne it take compared to a standard conventional trailer?
     
  15. james ds

    james ds Member

    Location:
    leinster
    IT brings 18-20 ton of grass when filling itself , if you fill it with a sp harvester it holds 14 ton. As for price it's not cheap but it's better value than a new trailed harvester at €50 k.
     
  16. You are obviously costing your own time at zero.
     
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  17. Big_D

    Big_D Member

    Location:
    S W Scotland
    Would you pay him to work for you :whistle:
     
  18. zsnotdead

    zsnotdead Member

    What price do you value satisfaction. More to life than the bottom line
     
  19. Eh? You mean playing?
    Time always has a cost associated with it. Otherwise you are simply making work for the sake of it.
     
  20. zsnotdead

    zsnotdead Member

    Thats farming. I spent most of 2016 milking cows for a humble income. Very little choice. Had to be done.
     
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