Re: Considering N6 Yes or stay away???
Some of us have been negligent in asking a couple of important questions in this whole Harvard Combine Case Study:
1. You said in your first post that you are a "small" wheat farmer. How many acres do you farm or harvest annually?
200, 400, 4000? If you are in the 300-600 range, you don't need a powerhouse combine to do that in the dry Willamette Valley.
2. Being in the Albany area, in the middle of grass seed country, is it correct that you do not grow or combine any grass seed?
3. If the answer to #2 is no, then you are using a grass seed combine with spike tooth cylinder to harvest wheat. Not the best setup. We all assume you have a set of wrenches., but you are apprehensive to change out your spike tooths. Why would you do that? Why don't you change the cylinder to a rasp bar? Maybe that is a factory thing, and if it is, then this whole post is irrelevant. You say your 7700 is tired. How tired? How many hours, is the engine using oil and ready to blow up? YOu got 5000, 10000 or 15000 hours on it? You using a roll of duct tape a year to keep it together? If the cylinder can be converted to rasp bar for a reasonable amount (couple thousand USD) and it is not ready to fall into a pile of rust, why go to a machine where you have no local dealer support. The Gleaners are great wheat machines, and being from the Pendleton area, the N6 you are looking at has cut thousands of acres of wheat, but it better be in good to better than average condition for you to drag it across the state.
Not knowing what condition your 7700 is really in and how many acres you have to cut, begs a few questions?