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Macdon FD 75 questions

I've been looking at buying fd 75 macdon headers and have several questions. We have a 760 and a 570.... we grow soybeans, wheat, barely, oats, and canola. And our land is flat.


Is the cross auger a must have in strait cutting canola?
Is a double knife that much better or even neccary?
Is 40 ft the preferred width?


Also wondering if anyone has a damaged fd 75 I could repair...?. it seems like they are a write off as soon as something big is bent slightly or if a welder is needed on them

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Only go double knife drive, pea auger is yes a nessicary. For straight combing canola, we run 45' and would not go back

I have bent a d-60 and had it repaired south of swifcurrent.. Insurance company had it written off thou and used yet for two years after.. They can be fixed if not to bad

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Is the cross auger a must have in strait cutting canola?
Is a double knife that much better or even neccary?
Is 40 ft the preferred width?

Also wondering if anyone has a damaged fd 75 I could repair...?. it seems like they are a write off as soon as something big is bent slightly or if a welder is needed on them
I just happen to know someone who may have bent an FD75 pretty bad but he sold it already.

Yes to UCA, a necessity in peas and canola and ground speeds were so high I think it even helped in wheat this year.

Couldn't give me a single knife drive, I up stroked my 40' DKD to 1520 spm to allow 13 km cutting this year, wouldn't want to do that on a single knife.

Several factors on size, we avoid ever taking them off and 40' is about as klutzy as I wish to get for moving, I have NEVER seen any combine spread consistently even at 40' although I realize that's an ongoing work in progress and, in our crops and conditions a 40' can generally engine power limit a 780 anyway.
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Double knife is definitely a bonus. So long as you keep the center guards/knives/strap in good condition its the way to go.

Pea auger is very nice to have in canola.

We run 40's we had a 45 and traded it back to a 40. The 45 just didn't float or handle as nice as the 40, and wasn't that much faster at the end of the day. Plus we have trees in the ditches and having to put the header into transport to move it 2 miles was a pain.

Until they come out with 60' I think 40 is the sweet spot.
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am in the process of repairing a burned fd 75.... its been fairly nice to work on so far. But am shopping around for another one.
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am in the process of repairing a burned fd 75.... its been fairly nice to work on so far. But am shopping around for another one.
Did the header cause the fire or a crispy attached combine?
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Fire started on ca 25 adapter.... I think it was started by a small stone getting caught under roller or canvas.... maybe someday I'll try posting pictures of the project before and after
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Fire started on ca 25 adapter.... I think it was started by a small stone getting caught under roller or canvas.... maybe someday I'll try posting pictures of the project before and after
Neat idea!
The fellow working on mine would sure follow.
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We have a 40 ft fd75 and amazing cutting lentils lower than your ankle bone, cruising thru wheat and flax at 6mph+.
Only think I need to change is a Valve on cross auger to Shut it off as it Runs Continuously which is strange as never needed it.(honeybee had a valve Years ago. oh well)
Mine is only Driven by pto on one end only So I guess single Knife drive?
Still Cut Flax very well
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We have a 40 ft fd75
Mine is only Driven by pto on one end only So I guess single Knife drive?
No hydraulic motor on right end and not a different knife setup on overlap in the middle?
SKD then.

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