we probably are leaning more towards a 470R than a 470/480. According to the brochures, there's more of a difference between the 400 series to the 400R's, than the 400R's to the 500 series. Is it true that the R's run a steeper angle on the rotors compared to the straight 400 series? that's what our dealer told us. also, is it a big job to change from a corn/bean machine to a small grains? What does a guy all have to change?
Reasons we're leaning towards a Cat:
1.Price is probably the biggest issue when comparing a Cat to a Deere. In comparing prices on the net, it seems the Deere's are at least 20k more for the same class.
2.Also we haven't supported our local Deere dealer for years except in emergencies, and instead buy our parts from another Deere dealer who is 40 miles futher (have a tendancy to soak guys pretty good).
3.My dad has always liked the Cats ever since they came out and especially likes the APS (get more than one shot at threshing, hoping to get a better sample with less cracking, especially in edible peas, where you get docked for having splits, and are very hard to handle w/o doing that) He's tired of watching the Harvestrack, limited to what the walkers can do.
We do fight with tough conditions too, this year was an exception though. It was 95-100 F and no humidity, even our 9600 could go in the wheat
Usually it's 75-90 F and 30-50% humidity. It's not uncommon to be combining here now (temp 50-70 F) so we want something that can thresh when called upon. thanx both for your info so far