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Case 2162 vs NH 88C

I was wondering if anyone had experience with either the Case 2162 (MacDon D60 rigid) or the New Holland 88C flex. I’d love the FD70 but it just isn’t in the budget at this time.

Our land varies considerably, with some pretty flat pieces to very hilly and rocky. Soybeans in the hills are the biggest thing keeping me from the 2162 as it is still a rigid. Neighbor has a 2162 and has great results in beans, but his land is a bit more flat. We currently run a 72C rigid with bat reel and a 2020 Flex head for beans. With a combine upgrade this winter, we think we may need something a little better.

We grow a range of cereals, canola, flax, soys and a few specialty crops, but my biggest concern is pushing dirt and leaving beans with the D60. I’ve heard some very mixed reviews on the 88C as well.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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I was wondering if anyone had experience with either the Case 2162 (MacDon D60 rigid) or the New Holland 88C flex. I’d love the FD70 but it just isn’t in the budget at this time.

Our land varies considerably, with some pretty flat pieces to very hilly and rocky. Soybeans in the hills are the biggest thing keeping me from the 2162 as it is still a rigid. Neighbor has a 2162 and has great results in beans, but his land is a bit more flat. We currently run a 72C rigid with bat reel and a 2020 Flex head for beans. With a combine upgrade this winter, we think we may need something a little better.

We grow a range of cereals, canola, flax, soys and a few specialty crops, but my biggest concern is pushing dirt and leaving beans with the D60. I’ve heard some very mixed reviews on the 88C as well.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance.
First of all a 2162 is an FD70. The 2152 would be the D60 rigid. If you have any amount of soybeans at all, you definitely want a flex. Cant comment on an 88C as all I've ever ran is a 2162(FD70)

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New Holland 88C is an older Honeybee flex draper, isn't it? Does the job, but the 2162 is a better header in my opinion. As case says, the 2162 is the MacDon flex draper. If you can get the 2162 and it's in good condition, that would be by far the better choice than the 88c.
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The 88C will be a cheaper header, know a few guys that have had them and got along good with them. They flex on the cutter bar from what they have told me, never been around one so not sure.. .But, being that they are a cheap head, if you want to trade for a different one, they don't trade well. As far as the 2162, its a MacDon with CIH shields. Take the Case IH shield off and park next to an FD 70 with no shields and you would never know which head is which. BTW, if you can find one, look for a dual drive head, I use to think they were just more moving parts, until I bought the one I have now and got into some tuffer soybeans. I will never own a single drive again. Also, the transport system, when you don't have to go looking for your header trailer, you seem to take the head off to move down the road more often
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Slight correction. The 2162 can be either a FD70 or FD75. The later ones were the FD75. Small differences. Have a neighbor with a 2010 & 2012. the 2010 is a FD70, the 2012 is a FD75 Either way good heads.

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Jeff-C-IL, they must have had a mid year break then, or my 2162 is a 12 model and it doesn't have the FD75 "updates" unless mine is just an early 2012?? How the hitch attaches in field position, and some other things were different compared to my neighbors FD 75. I guess I just assumed that they stayed with the 70s styling until they came out with that 3162...
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RC The 2162 pretty much followed what MacDon was selling. Even the straight up MacDon's are not always totally the "right" thing, as I have seen FD70's with FD75 style float optimizers. Actually pretty common. When MacDon switched over, its almost like they did it gradually as parts ran out on some things, so some of the heads in the middle ended up a bit of a mish-mash. Some of those undoubtedly went to CIH.

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