Re: chopper comparison
joblo, the operator of the Krone machine was an engineer that came over from Germany. I sat in the machine with him during the test....he was hardly a seasoned operator. Some of my customers that demoed the Krone pushed it alot harder than he did, the 650 performed well. What was interesting is that all four current production machines produced exactly equal quality product according to Cornell University's standards. ( Penn State shaker box )
Trucks were definitely a problem, five machines chopped 37 acres in 20 min., We chopped 22 acres prior to that with customers.
Coordinating this event took months, but was well worth it. Many key factors were taken into consideration in making this as fair as possible. Operator experience was the biggest variable.
All four manufacturers were very cooperative in working with me towards this event, it has never been done before like this on the east coast. All invited guests had the opportunity to try out these machines, so we could let them form their own opinions, rather than pushing ours.
All in all it was a good thing. Their is a CD out on the event, if you are interested let me know.