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8120 Case IH....decent machine or not?

Looking to purchase my first combine. Looking at an 8120 mostly because I'm a fan of Case IH. I also have been involved in growing hemp for several years now and I have heard and seen guys do well harvesting hemp with a Case combine. I'm also tired of unplugging Claas combines cylinders, changing belts, and putting out fires. So am I crazy to consider buying one? I see some guys have had great success with them and then I was reading some guys dreading working on them??? Looking for CASE guys with a lot of time spent on these to give me some opinions and perspective. Thanks

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Had one and was pretty satisfied until we had an engine failure during harvest. I liked the simplicity of that combine. We traded to a Claas 760TT because of capacity and tracks.


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Yes the 8120 is a decent machine and my neighbor has two of them that he uses on hemp. Feels like it's the best hemp machine around. He feels it's better than twin rotors and better than any conventional machine precisely because there's much less in it for hemp to wrap around and start fires.

What region are you farming in? A good site for information on setting the machine is Case IH Harvesting

If you have any specific questions, post here. There are many folks on the forum with a lot of experience with these machines. I can certainly tell you about strengths and weaknesses.
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What size rotor does he run in hemp? The small or large tube rotor?
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Had one and was pretty satisfied until we had an engine failure during harvest. I liked the simplicity of that combine. We traded to a Claas 760TT because of capacity and tracks.
You're the first I've heard have engine failure. Not saying it doesn't happen just haven't heard of it.
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Yes the 8120 is a decent machine and my neighbor has two of them that he uses on hemp. Feels like it's the best hemp machine around. He feels it's better than twin rotors and better than any conventional machine precisely because there's much less in it for hemp to wrap around and start fires.

What region are you farming in? A good site for information on setting the machine is Case IH Harvesting

If you have any specific questions, post here. There are many folks on the forum with a lot of experience with these machines. I can certainly tell you about strengths and weaknesses.
Farming North East of Regina. I've read up a lot on different issues. Sometimes it's hard to sort through the bullshit on the forums. One guy has a bad experience and explodes on the forum calling that make garbage.

Everyone has bad experiences with all brands. I have had plenty of bad experiences with Claas. But heck I don't lose my **** on here. Lol
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The 8120 isn't perfect but is a huge leap forward from an 8010.

They now have been around long enough too that there are some after market replacement parts so they aren't the super expensive machines they once were to operate.

I don't have experience with hemp but knowing it's worse than flax the ability to rock the rotor back and forth during a slug with your finger would definitely put it on my list of combines to consider.


A massey would also have a reversible rotor but that thing is so long and too straight of bars it may not be that good but I could be all wrong

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The 8120 isn't perfect but is a huge leap forward from an 8010.

They now have been around long enough too that there are some after market replacement parts so they aren't the super expensive machines they once were to operate.

I don't have experience with hemp but knowing it's worse than flax the ability to rock the rotor back and forth during a slug with your finger would definitely put it on my list of combines to consider.


A massey would also have a reversible rotor but that thing is so long and too straight of bars it may not be that good but I could be all wrong
I have heard that the late model 8010 weren't bad but I think I'll stay away from them regardless, unless this group can convince me otherwise.
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[QUOTE=SWFarmService;2708281]The 8120 isn't perfect but is a huge leap forward from an 8010.

They now have been around long enough too that there are some after market replacement parts so they aren't the super expensive machines they once were to operate.

I don't have experience with hemp but knowing it's worse than flax the ability to rock the rotor back and forth during a slug with your finger would definitely put it on my list of combines to consider.


A massey would also have a reversible rotor but that thing is so long and too straight of bars it may not be that good but I could be all wrong[/QUOTE

Tell me what was changed between the 8120 and the 2006-2008 8010s? As I have a 2006 8010 and it performs great for me. If you could enlighten me what the huge leap forward is with the 8120?
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I'd also like to know this. I was told that some 8010's had bad hydraulics??? any truth to that?

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