We've run one now for two years and a there are some in our area as well. As far as running and operating the head, we are very happy. We are convinced that with the dry corn we've had the last couple of years that we saved a lot of corn over our old JD 893 on account of the longer slower turning rollers and automatic deck plates. It's hard to guess how much corn, but I don't think a bushel or two is stretching it. These two features alone are the most valuable and only offered on a Drago, as far as I know. The hp requirement is much less compared to the JD chopping head as well.
The chopping attachment will probably not leave the field as picturesque as a JD chopping head, but it is adequate. I think it chops as much as most stalk choppers pulled with a tractor. We've never saw the need to go back over a field with a stalk chopper.
There are some design differences that make working on them a little different than something made in the USA, like a JD. I don't think it's a big deal, but it will cause a frustration or two sometime I am sure. We had a break-down last fall when one of the chain couplers under the head came apart and ruined one of the sprockets (there's one of these couplings underneath between every row). It was on the right hand end of the header. We thought this coupling was a little light being it runs half of the head and for some reason the left end has a much heavier hub coupling, so we just installed that one on the right hand side too. There was minimal modification, we were down for half a day or so and the dealer an hour away had all the parts. That is the only problem we've had with it yet.
They require more maintainance than the JD 893, but there's more to the head as well.
In a nut shell, I think it's a great head with room for some improvements, but I would buy another one, mostly beacuse of the corn savings. There is a learning curve, like with anything new to you. I just do like I did with the JD head when we bought it new...service it like the book says, keep it maintained and go from there.
Last edited by jd9610; 06-09-2012 at 12:05 PM.