Here are a few pics of our 2388, took me a while to post them. We used the 8 row head for a little bit then decided to trade for the 12. The rainy spell we had in October even gave me time to put the extender on the auger and clean the combine up.
Thanks for the compliments guys. It handles the 12 row just fine, usually try to keep it around 3000 BPH but sometimes I would look up and it would be way over that, around 3200 isnt really bad, not throwing it over either. I had to slow down from what we did with the 8 row (obviously), but you could not give me that head back, the 2212 does a great job of cutting the stalks at 3.5-4mph. Also I really like the wide swath, makes it easier on the grain cart operator.
When you are harvesting corn with the 12 row at 3.5-4 mph what kind of yield is the corn producing. I have a 2377 with a 6 row and I comfortably run around 4.8 in 175 bushel. I have a 2388 also with dauls that I want to put an 8 row head on, but if it could handle the 12 row fine in 150-175 bushel corn I would rather have the 12 since it would match my 12 row planter nicely.
The corn I was harvesting was averaging anywhere from 185-210 bph (field averages). In some fields i would be up around 230-250, I needed to slow down when it was that good, the combine would throw it out the back. I wish I had a picture of a field that was done with the combine, I would not want our 8 row head back, slowing down i was able to do an absolutely amazing job of cutting the stalks and still keep my bushels/hour above what i would do with the 8. Sometimes I would look up and the monitor would be at 3800 bu/hr, which was too much for the machine. Our combine is a 2006, the third 2388 that we have owned, by far the best one. The other combines could not have handled the twelve row head. This combine has more power and the afx rotor makes a huge difference (beans especially).
I guess I should probably stick with an 8 row head then since my 2388 is a 98 model with a specialty rotor. My 2377 has the AFX rotor in it and I love how it handles crops in all conditions, especially green stem beans or late at night when the dampness sets in, but the 2388 has no stone trap and more horses and that machine will still out cut the 77, it just always seems "hungry" for more crop with a 25 foot 1020 on it. But I suppose an 8 row would fit just right since I won't have to add a third lift cylinder or rear weights. Thanks for the info.......
Quote:...But I suppose an 8 row would fit just right since I won't have to add a third lift cylinder or rear weights.
We run two 2388s (2wd) with 8 row heads (2208s) and we hung about 800 lbs of steel off the rear axles. We put a corn reel on one of the machines this year, which is just enough extra weight on the front to make the back end light again. I'm not sure how a 2wd 2388 will handle a 2208 without any counterweight, but I'd imagine the back end would be pretty light.
Our 2001 2388 required weights added to the rear of the combine just in front of the axle, similar to what our '06 has. The 2208 head is quite a bit heavier than the old 1083. When we went to the twelve row, even though it is a 12 row ready machine, we had to put fluid in the back tires to give us a little better footing. As far as the 25ft 1020, we ran those for years and this year about half way through the season we upgraded to a 30 with a full fingered auger, and WOW what a difference.
It's made by a company in canady called stewart steel, it's branded The Extender. Maurer manufacturing sells them. I really like it, it helped a lot with the new 30ft heads. I completely forgot about the shed pictures, last thursday night my mom passed away and I haven't taken the time to take pictures. I'll try to do it in the next few days.
I am very sorry to hear about your mom. There are very few words that can comfort a person when there is a death of a loved one, but you and your family will be in our prayers.
P.S. Don't worry about pictures of the barn. I am sure you have plenty of other thoughts on your mind right now.