Buying a gleaner n7 and truck and going on a harvest run - Page 4 - The Combine Forum
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Do you have any pictures of your "N4"?
Yes, we would love to have you start a new thread with some pictures!


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Shoot if you're gonna go with an N you may as well get 2 and have a backup they're so cheap. When I upgraded from an MH I could have got a N7 cheap from several sources, but waited for a cheap and good shape R72. Don't regret it yet..

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I would love to see those pictures of the N4. Never have heard of such a combine.
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My plan is to go through in the next few and refubish it. Dad doesn't take real good care things, its got 20 years of using it without putting much back in it. Was going to take a lot of pictures from start to finish. Ill get a new thread started once I get going on it. Its got a couple things different than what production R50's had.
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About 25 years ago in Fastline a dealer had an N4 Gleaner advertised. Thought it was interesting as I had never heard of one but just thought maybe it didn't last long because of low demand and production numbers. It had the small decals on it like all the later N series and looked just like an N5. But you could clearly see N4 on it. Can't remember where the dealer was located now, kind of wish I still had all those old Fastline's saved like I had been doing. Could that have been one of those prototypes?
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Actually harvesting is a mere 5% of the groundwork. You must be a politician, mother, father, manager, mechanic, psychologist, rigger, welder, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, magician, and weather lucky. The expenses are murder ... fuel, tires, oil, parts, insurance, wages, meals, interest, lodging, fees, permits, and 1000 more. You need support equipment, service truck, pumps, tanks, welder, torch, fire extinguishers, compressors, tools, parts, roller chain, sickles, spare tires, oil, filters, bearings, springs, combine trailers, header trailers, pickups, trailer house, and 1000 more. You must be 10 places at once. You must not let your help ruin your reputation. You must watch like a hawk for unsafe situations. You must treat your customers crop as if it was your own. You can't back over augers, exit quonset huts with the bed up, turn too short and knock down light poles, leave truck stops and knock down signs, break the law, have your help break the law, go too fast, go too slow, be broke down, have drivers get lost, back into the farmers new pickup, and 1000 other things. You must be able to convince strangers you are the man for the job. You must pay everyone before moving on. Again ... don't be a fool.

But ... if you are ridiculously tenacious, fearless, not affected by stress, don't mind debt, and damned determined, go for it.
Congratulations you have basically described a farmer.

Series 3 and later wasn't that bad, and good part about them(compared to an R) is they are cheap and somewhat plentiful, so you could buy a few spares.


Comment not connected to this quote: I guess a way to start out(if you farm as it is or something) try local work first. Worst case you're 30 miles from home and you break down. 1/2 hour later you've went home and back and are in the process of fixing or are running again.
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Congratulations you have basically described a farmer.

That's what I thought when I read that!! Lol


Comment not connected to this quote: I guess a way to start out(if you farm as it is or something) try local work first. Worst case you're 30 miles from home and you break down. 1/2 hour later you've went home and back and are in the process of fixing or are running again.

I totally agree. If it works out expand. Nice to be close when somthing happens and have sombody (friends or family) that can give you a ride or parts run or even lend a hand if needed.
I try to be independent as I can but sometimes a simple grab a pickup and come to this field call makes a huge difference in how productive the day is.
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About 25 years ago in Fastline a dealer had an N4 Gleaner advertised. Thought it was interesting as I had never heard of one but just thought maybe it didn't last long because of low demand and production numbers. It had the small decals on it like all the later N series and looked just like an N5. But you could clearly see N4 on it. Can't remember where the dealer was located now, kind of wish I still had all those old Fastline's saved like I had been doing. Could that have been one of those prototypes?
I wonder what this N3 or 4 used for a power plant? Don't imagine it would have used a duetz motor.
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Stay away from the N series. I saw a 1989 R60 on tractorhouse that looked really good with a 30 ft. head for abought 7000. I want to buy it bad, but would cost more in trucking than I want to pay.
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I started with a 4420jd I had but it's perfect for some of the farms I do but it takes to long. A guy around the corner from where I use to live farmed 2000acres and combined it all with 2 n6 gleaners till a couple years ago

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