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Mixed hay and timothy crops in our area average around ~3 ton/acre and most guys run either Massey or NH units. We run a 16' Hesston 8550 and it's just enough power in a heavy crop. If quick dry down time is key, we found that Circle-C rollers made a big difference over traditional conditioner rollers.

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Anyone put the 13' discbine head on a Macdon 150 hp power unit? Does it have enough power or should a guy look at the 205 hp power unit for the discbine?
Local seed stock guys did exactly this, on their 155, he likes it, the header just barely cuts wide enough for the tires. I’ve watched him run and it didn’t seem short on power but we can’t run much over 7 mph for roughness on most hay ground locally. Primary purpose for that machine was a 30’ draper for canola, silage, and malt barley.

That’s a unicorn combination in the used market, but the tractor generally outlives a rotary head so just ordering the head for a used traction unit seems likely

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Local seed stock guys did exactly this, on their 155, he likes it, the header just barely cuts wide enough for the tires. Iíve watched him run and it didnít seem short on power but we canít run much over 7 mph for roughness on most hay ground locally. Primary purpose for that machine was a 30í draper for canola, silage, and malt barley.

Thatís a unicorn combination in the used market, but the tractor generally outlives a rotary head so just ordering the head for a used traction unit seems likely
It is a bit of a unicorn combo. Have the green version W150 with a 35' draper head sitting in the shed. Hasn't turned a wheel in 2 years since we started straight cutting canola. Just debating on putting a discbine on it, or biting the bullet with the bigger 205 hp unit.
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