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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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I've seen the 60ft beast!

I went to agquip yesterday and had a chance to see the new 60ft Midwest draper front. It wasn't on the header or combine still on the trailer but the thing is massive! I did a rough step out and your looking at over 20 metres of length! It's got an extra set airbag guide wheels on it! It looks very well build and despite its size is claimed to weigh less than the biggest corn head although I might need help confirming this from our North American friends as I have never seen a big corn front in Australia. I'm open to the concept of a 60ft front I don't think it will work in many places unless its dead flat and all you harvest is wheat. I think auger length is going to be a big issue even with an extension of the factory auger. Another thing I'm concerned about not having any ability to flex being a 60ft beam of steel and how it will bend over time. All drapers develop a bit of a smile over time I know our 936D did so I think the ability for a 60 ft front to cutt low and even might get worse over time. I'm open to the idea but I think 40 ft will be the standard for a long time.

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The fact that it divided the JD stand in half like the Great Wall of drapers.. I'm glad I don't have to steer it around, but I guess it will have its place.. When it rains out west maybe?

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We have been running the 60ft Midwest since last summer on our 8230, so far so good. We are 1000 acres into our winter crop harvest at the moment and have no problems cutting on the deck or up high. It seems a nice piece of gear and well built. Time will tell I guess.
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