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Old 04-06-2009, 07:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at buying a 1420 an older lady has near me. The combine has about 2700 hours on it and looks like its in good shape. No leaks or wear that I could notice. What size grain and corn head could this machine handle? The front tires have some cord showing so I know I'll have to replace them soon, but what do you guys think it would be worth buying. It's got both heads with it but the corn is a wide row. I'm not sure what size the bean head is. What do you guys think about this combine on an overall viewpoint? Thanks guys.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A neighbor of ours had a 1420 and it was a great machine had about 2500 hrs on it he ran a 15 ft platform on it and for one year he ran a 6 row narrow corn head it was a load. he decided after that that he would buy a 1660. he sold it to another neighbor of ours who farms about 50 acres it is still going strong.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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THanks for the information. I figure it would be a good little combine for somebody like me. I've only got about 200 acres of crops so it should be about right. I'm planning on expanding the operation but it should be good for a few years. )
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We had a 1440 and ran 6 row 30" and that was all it could handle, hp, sieves, clean grain elevator and bin capacity were maxed at 170 bu/acre. You might want some type of 10 ft. corn head, especially if you have high corn yields. We did run 700 acres of corn a year through the old girl, so 1420 should take care of your needs til you get around that 500 total acres. Just my opinion, I have no experience with a 1420.
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I run an 844 that we cut down to narrow rows, runs the 4 row like a scared rabbit, you won't want 6 rows unless you like going slow and also you'd better hope you have the reinforced front axles. 6 is a bit too much in my opinion. With the 4 narrow, have to run with the ladder up to keep from knocking over the 5th row, but that's not an issue. It runs strong, but it has the aftermarket turbo on it that few of the '20's have. The hopper capacity is too low for six rows as well. We run a 15' platform, but I think 17.5 would be fine in dry bean stems. 15 is plenty good for a couple hundred acres (or half that in rotation). Paid $4500 for it three years ago with no heads, but we had the heads off the 715. You can find them in good shape with at least a corn head for that, but I wouldn't hesitate to give $5,000 or so for one in good shape.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We had a 1420 for about 12 yrs. Great little machine. Traded it for a 1640 in 1994. The 1420 like the poster before said won't really handle a 6 row corn head or much of a hopper topper. The final drives won't take it. We ran a 4 row 30" and 15' grain head and it handled it great. Good Luck!
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The 1420 is a good combine and will be in better condition for the hours than the bigger ones because of the lower bushels per hour. I had over 4000 hrs on the one I had, ran 800 acres a year. Used an 844 and a 13 ft 820 for a few years then bought a 20ft 820, would cut 40bu beans @ 3.5mph with it. Also had a tank extension, looked like a 1480 and held 210 bu of corn, never broke an axle but I was very carefull with it. TORQUE
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys. I went and looked at the machine last Friday again. It had about 2700 hours on it. It had been sitting in a shed for the past five years not being used. I thought I could buy her for around 5,000 with both heads. While we were talking about it he said he'd called the local dealership to see what it was worth. I thought oh man, here we go. He wanted 15,000 for it. I couldn't believe it. I guess she'll stay in the shed and never be bought or used again. oh well, move on to the next one I guess. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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After buying one of these machines for my first combine in 82 once again I found one and bought it !! it's a 82 with 1282 org hrs on it ... Always been shedded and looks brand new!! Came with a 20 header and gave 14500 for it !! Nice to find a 27 yr old cream puff !!
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