Thanks Jeff & Rice Cocky
Well that's a start. My first choice was the CTS or CTSII machines. All I have read about them says they eat rice well. Parts will soon become a problem with those because they don't make them anymore. There is only 3 of them for sale on Machinery Pete's site as well. So, I don't know if that's a good sign or bad sign. The STS models are a bit out of our price range unless they have upwards of 6 thousand hours. I want to stay away from machines that have only had rice for their dinner
I have seen many people say that a 2000 hour rice machine is pretty much ready for the scrap yard.
Thanks Jeff, I'll check into those things you listed. "Spike tooth Rotor"?? Did you mean "Spike tooth Cylinder"?? I have checked the prices on Spike tooth Cylinder and concave and it's doable. I'll have a look at the prices of the other stuff you listed. I have read the spike tooth cylinder and concave are a must or pretty close to a "must" for these things to eat their rice meals a bit better.
The JD 9500/10's are listed in "The Rice Harvesters Reference" as being a "rice machine" That's an Australasia publication I am pretty sure.
I figure if we can just change a few things to get them to eat rice reasonably well, that would be good for a start. Then after that change stuff as it wears out. Maybe not thinking correct on that?
Also, I just got an email from Deere. What a surprise, but all it said was, "check with your local dealer" and "good luck" very kind of them to send such a helpful email(sarc.)
Thanks Jeff & Rice Cocky for the replies. I'll keep researching this.