Is that 7700 one of the ones degelmen was painting white? They are the same width as the 7200's which is there big one now isn't it?
Yes the 7700 is the white monster. I can't find my manual which has the brochure tucked inside it, so I can't quote specific numbers, you could very well be right on the width of the grate, but I do know the 77 has a four bat, much heavier built reel which is also larger diameter if I remember correctly. There are some other structural differences, that were down scaled a bit for the subsequent models after the 7700 was discontinued. I spoke with a Degelman factory rep once at a farm show about them, and he admitted they don't make anything as heavy or as big as what it was and probably never will again. For the most part it was over kill and that drove up the price which made it a very poor seller...not because it was a poor machine, just more machine and dollars than most farmers needed or wanted to spend. They are few and far between, but with that white paint you can pick one out a mile away.
I've seen the 7200 and it's no candy ass machine either, but I'd never trade you
One thing I do wish is that the 7700 had the replaceable tips on the grate teeth like the newer ones, though I'm far from having to worry about anything yet. That white SOB might need a fairly large tractor to handle it and pull it around because its so dam heavy, but in windrows, it is unbelievable how much it can handle. It was and still is the king of the heap
I do a lot of custom picking with it and my Degleman rake...people balk at $200/hr until they see what those combined can do. After the second year I picked for him, my biggest customer actually hired me to tow his Rockomatic picker and rake to the auction a few years ago and just hires me to pick instead.