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How old is too old?

How old is too old of a combine to take on the harvest run for next summer? Got a 97 JD9600 I think is in OK shape. If we decide to do this I would put it in the shop this winter and go through it and install some major upgrades like enclosed cylinder and whatever else to help performance. Probably would like to get a 36 ft macron flex draper. I've seen some guys using equipment that old but any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

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It can be done. How much work do expect to do with it in 1 season?

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I'd like to go down and start in Tx in May and at least cut into KS . Just want to get started without a mountain off debt.
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My combine 2000 separator hrs on it.
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100 hours a season for the last 20 years???
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It sat in a shed for several years.
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Must be too old.....

Self confidence is #1, if you have to ask yourself if it's too old you might not have it

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I think the 9600 is as reliable combine as ever put in the field but the hiring prospects of a 20 year old machine may not be as considerate.

Have you ever been on a run or are you going in blind?
How old are you?
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2,000 hrs is barely broke in on a 9600... your inexperience may be a bigger issue than the combine.
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Yes I've been on a run once, mid 40's. I'm not professing to knowing it all but I believe I'm knowledgeable, with a lot to learn. You are right about the self confidence. That's why I'm asking, if I had 15 year newer machine but had more hours which is worse? I have about 600 acres of my own Milo to cut this fall and I will have more knowledge of my machine as I just purchased it.

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