What about hiring some custom work? You would not have to worry about finding a seasonal worker, If you get the right weather you get it done with the one combine, if you have a crop disaster, you don't have extra costs.
on the other hand, with all the computer problems, a 2nd combine would be good, if one break's down you can still keep going,
Massey 9560- 9540 they are a beast in the field and they dont seem to cost much to run. If there are no pulses to combine get a sp40 honey bee for the front, good newer ones are cheap and they just work. I had case's newhollands and older masseys and these 9560s are ten times the combine.
Tough question, scenarios different for everyone.
Primary question is manpower. Secondly, is a 2nd machine necessary to cover acres?
Usually cheaper to hire a 2nd machine if on the edge of capacity.
Sometimes more beneficial to upgrade first machine for more capacity.
Most times, unless utilizing both combines all the time, tough to pencil 2.
Trade in your present combine and lease 2 new ones similar to your other one. And lease new peterbilt trucks. Then lease a new sprayer, tractor and drill. Potential landlords will be pounding down your door to get you to rent their land. You’re an idiot if you don’t. At least that is how one dealership network talks to guys around here.
In all honesty if you only left out 230ac a couple years ago I don’t think you are too underpowered combine wise. Those years don’t come around that often. Maybe invest that $250k into a drying setup if you don’t currently have one. As was said previously adding a second combine will add another set of logistical problems that may not speed things up a bunch. If you do happen to rent a bunch of additional land later then buy another combine.
Man power is the big question, do you have enough to run a second combine and get the grain away. If not you may not gain you may even loose acres in a day, this is what i found. 8120 case combine was the biggest piece of **** i have ever had on the farm. I am told the 30- 40 s were better.