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Fd70 or D60?

We have the best looking wheat crop we've ever had. It's about 80% down and all our ground is terraced. I'm getting mixed input on whether or not I need a flex draper. The way I understand it you're not suppose to run the fd70 in flex mode with the gauge wheels down but it can be done. Wheat or milo will be the only crops it's used in so if it stays locked in rigid I might as well get the d60? It's going to be 40' and going on a Lexion 580 or 750.

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why not use crop lifters?

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We use a FD70 in flex with the wheels down in flat wheat just like youre describing. It wasnt perfect but about as good as you could get with a 35ft header. We took our lifters off out of fear of breaking one and putting it through the combine and it picked up just as good.
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Rednyellow we have a 40ft FD70 on a Lexion 590r. Last year was the first year we had it. We had 320 acres of down wheat and we used the schumacher crop lifters with it. The crop lifters allow you to cut 4-5 inches higher. For us stubble height is very important for snow trap and sheltering next years crop. If stubble height is not important you can put the FD 70 in flex mode and let it ride close to the ground. The lexion will handle the straw and grain seperation very well and the header will do an excellent job picking up the crop. When you run lifters you need to be willing to have a few break off when they spear into the ground. We have run lifters for many years and have never put one through the combine. We have broken quite a few and they always spear the ground and break off. The small investment in some broken lifters is worth it for us because of the yield benefit we will get from the taller straw on most years. We like to leave our stubble at least 10-12 inches high.
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Rednyellow we have a 40ft FD70 on a Lexion 590r. Last year was the first year we had it. We had 320 acres of down wheat and we used the schumacher crop lifters with it. The crop lifters allow you to cut 4-5 inches higher. For us stubble height is very important for snow trap and sheltering next years crop. If stubble height is not important you can put the FD 70 in flex mode and let it ride close to the ground. The lexion will handle the straw and grain seperation very well and the header will do an excellent job picking up the crop. When you run lifters you need to be willing to have a few break off when they spear into the ground. We have run lifters for many years and have never put one through the combine. We have broken quite a few and they always spear the ground and break off. The small investment in some broken lifters is worth it for us because of the yield benefit we will get from the taller straw on most years. We like to leave our stubble at least 10-12 inches high.
how did you bolt the Schumacher crop lifters to the fd 70?
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After posting this found out I can't get a FD70 until August. So it's either a new D60 or a used FD70 which are all half way across the country.
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