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post #11 of 359 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 09:54 AM
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"EVER" is a very long time. To keep in line with the harvesting capacity graph from the last 60 years we will need to double harvester output every ten years. Unless somebody has a new concept we will need LOTS of horsepower!!!

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Cat has rock trucks that have 3500 horse so it will be a long time befor you need to worry if there is enough horsepower

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All this talk of engineering these choppers with even more horsepower could get out of hand. One important thing that they forget about is keeping up with all of that silage at the pit. Our 7950 and 7800 John Deeres can make a long day for the packer, with an adequate amount of trucks. There is only so much room to put the pile and it has to be packed otherwise the customer wont be happy. Adding another packer to the pile is okay as long as there is room.
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My grandfather thought that same thing when he had a two row cutter in the 60's. "there is no way we can get more silage through the blower and up that pipe". Any body that thinks we have achieved maximum capacity is forgetting history. I think capacity per machine will probably go down significantly, we just won't have drivers in these smaller "robot" choppers in the future. I hope I live long enough to see it.
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its all about getting more done with less,so if u can increase hp and tonnage through one machine thats the way to go.
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We had two 960's and a 900 chopper going at once, something like 20 trucks (can't remember exactly) and 3 packing tractors, 965C, 535HD, 675C it just takes alot of room and communication and you it will work. If you could do it with two bigger choppers instead of three means you have one more person to do another job, and there is lots of other jobs that could be done.
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its interesting watchin the bunks of the big dairys here,have two large dairys that run a 7950 and 7800,and another that runs a 980 and 900
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I agree totally with doing more with less! It is getting to be a real challenge to find good quality operators anymore that want to work the hours needed to in harvest. So to get more done faster is key in today's world. Things have come a long way since the days of my grandpa with the Field Queens' and Fox choppers and in some cases dairies and feedlots are still wanting to stuff thousands of tons of feed in little tiny holes. Easy to load the truck, hard to get it dumped!
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Was thinking same, but that changed

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its all about getting more done with less,so if u can increase hp and tonnage through one machine thats the way to go.
Was thinking same, but that changed. Had one big chopper in the field with alfa, everthing was going well, till something broke and the operation was sitting still in the burning sun. If I had two little once, same amout of trucks and packers things would not going so much south. I see it more as a insurance.
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I am dreaming of 20 200 horse choppers all running through field on gps with no drivers. Cheap to buy, run till scrap in 5 years, then buy new with new technology. Need to be talking about tons chopped per operator not per chopper as one man might oversee all 20 running at once.

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