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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Custom Harvesting

I'm considering doing some custom harvesting for the 2017 season. Nothing large scale, only in the area around the home farm. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or tips for someone starting out. I've got a 99 Lexion 480 in pretty good shape with a pickup front, also looking for a good straight cut front. Not looking to get rich off this, just to make enough to help cover some of the expenses on the main farm.
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Not sure where you are there are a few threads on custom harvesting . As far as price there is a lot of difference of opinions and a lot of variables , machine , machine +man , machine+ man + fuel , truck , in the bin ? I have a 2005 570r and work with owners machines and trucks . Like you mentioned I'm not trying to get rich just make a few extra bucks . I have been charging $ 200/hour machine + man owner fuel and this is low according to most .

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wow 300 a rotor hr dry hire plus insurance, and f...ups and may not be a near new combine, I didn't hire
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I do a similar thing around my area. I have been doing it for over 10 years now, so I guess I would say I like doing it or I am crazy, some days I think one, other days I think the other. I charge by the acre and I have gotten to the point of insisting that I also handle the grain because I have been burned when I have relied on others to do it. Being in control of the whole process gives me the ability to continue to charge by the acre as any hold ups are on me. I have found it is a good way to make some money, but there is a reason more people don't do it, there are some headaches involved with it, and I would say it depends on the person as to if they want to deal with them or not. If you have specific questions I would be more than happy to talk about what I have experienced.
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wow 300 a rotor hr dry hire plus insurance, and f...ups and may not be a near new combine, I didn't hire
Sorry I'm not sure I understand your post . Is this a quote you got @300/h + fuel +insurance + you pay for damages ?
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yes no labour in there yet
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yes no labour in there yet
Where are you and what size of machine ?
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Sorry didn't look at your profile with the dollar difference in purchase price that does seem high and I'm not sure how you would do insurance although the American propensity to sue would make sense that insurance would be a factor .
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Insurance is some thing to think off if it burns down or pick up a rock and not on your farm they won't pay out
Even in manitoba
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Well I really hope your wrong with that as I have been paying insurance for 8 years and all I do is custom .

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