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We have 3 machines what’s most efficient way to cut for grain cart driver. And to even throw a wrench in it all three different size headers. 35’ 40’ 45’. Are we best off to switch the 35’to a 40’?
 

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Without changing anything…
Cut one pass with the narrowest header crossways to and in the middle of the long passes. Greatly reduces cart chasing.
Split the lengthwise passes and have the 40’ and 45’ work away from each other.
The 35’ starts on an edge or splits it’s own pass a comfortable distance from where the two units are working.
If ever full at crossways split (any of them) but wrong way for unload, U turn.

Seems I’m not going to live long enough to see my unload both sides combine.

All this at no cost as efficiency improvement steps!
 

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Get rid of one combine. Problem solved. Lol
Have a very reliable 9770, and 9870, and a new to us s780. The 9770 and 9870 aren’t worth nothing trade in value where as they are worth it to us getting ac done. Have the manpower to run em. Goal is eventually run 2 with 45’ heads but not in the budget this year.
 

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If you have the extra help buy another grain cart. Doesnt have to be huge for the one machine. 875 bushels will help plus its like having a back up if one goes down! Really handy if you end up doing high bushel barley or oats. You can always start the 35 footer on the far end of quarter with the one cart. Dont go around and around. It will be very rough seeding up and down if its harvested wet and screws up your ditches.
 

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The different header widths would drive me mental.
We’re on RTK and all the lines are already in the displays so any combine can grab any line and they always line up on every field.
We run 6 machines on 2 carts and do a lot of round and rounds cutting off 60-80 acre pieces. So much easier on the carts. With the perfect lines and cutting blocks they always line up perfect and no wasted passes as well.
The aerial sprayer we use snapped this passing over head. Wasn’t rehearsed or setup that’s just how we roll! 😂


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Previous years we cut middle out because have 35’ and 40’ heads always have same line per side and cart can motor between em. But with 3 now gonna be interesting
 

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With 3 machines I would just have two as a pair working away from eachother And third be about 30-40 acres down the field or doing cleanup work if the field is oddly shaped.

Just having the cart is efficiency enough for 2-3 machines, and a cart driver who isn't retarded helps too.
 

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Cutting from inside out is by far the most efficient. Almost 100% harvest efficiency as you never turn empty. Easy for the grain cart as unload augers are always available and cart can cross the inside of the field to get to the other side, never any crop in the way. When the inside out hits a headland, then break into small chunks and go round the outside of the small pieces left. I have very irregular fields and it works great.

Only 2 real problems working from the inside out. First no GPS steering. All hand done, so header width is not important. Second it is hard to keep awake when driving combine as it is 1 long boring day. Kind of like cutting a 20 mile long field.
 

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What if your field looks more like this:

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Not mine, just the first nasty example I found on google earth. But how do you manage multiple combines on something like this? How does the cart ever get from A to B in time? Is auto steer of any use at all? And how do they seed with anything bigger than a 12' press drill?

With apologies to whoever farms this piece if they happen to see it posted here.
 
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