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we have harvested about 1500 ac of corn and about 600 ac of beans with our 7010 and have had a list of problems with the combine. first we have had to fix the feederhouse chain 4 times at about 3-4 hours of labor a time also have had the draw bolts the keep tension on the feederhouse chain break 3 times. we have had the unloading auger chain break about 5-6 times. we have had problems with the fuel filters and have had to change them 3-4 times in the last 2 weeks. The most recent breakdown came 2 days ago when we had the fuel tank expand so far that the tank pushed itself into the clean grain elevator pulley and puncture 2 holes in the tank and lost about 200+ gallons of fuel. also the walkway above the fuel tank has also has a bow in it. we now are scrabbling to beat the snow with about 450 acres left to do and the dealer has brought us out an 8010 to work with until they get the tank on the 7010 fixed. has anyone else had as many issues with these combines as we have?
 

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Glad to hear theyve really come a long ways on getting this new platform up and going.....

Good Job CNH....

Good luck getting it all fixed and i hope you get done before the snow...

maybe they will give you a good deal on a real combine ...7088 next year...
 

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Sorry to hear all the trouble... sounds like some weird problems too. We have had very little trouble with our 07' 7010. Only problem we had in the first 2500acs was the shaker drive belt came off once. This year we had to replace all the drive chains, had a couple belts pop off, and had the bolt come out of one of the spreaders... blew a fuse on my moisture sensor, and had a couple bolts break in rotor cage veins (we moved them and might not have got them tight enough).

No trouble at all with the feederhouse, or fuel tank. Have had to replace fuel filters a couple times but it seems to me that ever since Katrina hit our fuel hasn't been as clean.
 

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There have been some feeder chain problems with this year, only one of the ones we sold this year had this issue, but it sure is annoying. At least replacing the feeder chain is a (relatively) quick job - as long as it doesn't make it to the rotor. The other chains - unloader, elevator, and grain tank auger drive should be replaced yearly and oiled daily. The only problems that we have had with these is when either cheap chain is used, or they are not oiled/tensioned/replaced when needed.

I would like to think that your issues are far from the norm - we certainly have not run into such major issues often. Especially the fuel tank... yikes! It's mostly been quickly fixed electrical issues, and other things that would be considered annoyances - not major breakdowns.
 

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With over a 1000 acres we have had no mechanical problems with the 08 7010. It is the most trouble free new combine we have ever owned. The other new combines had some nuisance problems like you are having during the first year of operation.

The rotor loss in wet corn could be improved and next year I will add more straight bars or something to improve it.

I really like all the features and computer controls on the 7010.
The engine is pretty easy on fuel and the cab is very comfortable.
 

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This problem can be solved by lubing the tensioner slide. This has to be done or there isnt any give in the chain. This has helped solve problems with shear bolts breaking continuously and chains breaking.
I dont know of the perfect lube for metal against metal, but grease is probably the best bet.
 

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We did over 4100 acres with an 08. had to replace unload auger drive chain about the 3/4 pole. the feeder never seemed to slip and eventually a small rock broke one of the chains and it got to the front of the rotor. machine on its 3rd hydro handle, don't get much done in 250 bu. corn when you can't unload. also had the gearbox on the top of the return processor lock up, not sure if it ever had oil in it. both plugs were painted in so was not checked in pre-delivery. broke the springs on the feeder chain adjuster bolts twice. had control pressure issue but cleaning valve seemed to fix it.
 

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We have about 10000 acres on our 07 7010 and it has been fairly good to us , surprised nobody has had problems with the triple stack hydraulic pump shaft for the fan and spreaders.Been through two of them.Had a fuel pump issue last fall that caused a little down time.Feeder house chain has given us trouble but rocks didn't help it either.Tailings bearings changed last fall and a few other minor things but overall has been a very good machine.
 

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I have 2008 7010 and have harvested 4600 acres this year with it. We replaced 2 tensioner bolts on the feederhouse, they were bent not broke, 2 O-rings and 3 slats on the feeder chain. The slats were due to a piece of firewood, and not the combines fault. It is an excellent machine. Casefarmer, if the 7088 is anything like our 2004 2388, I wouldn't touch it with a 10' pole. I could write a book about the problems we had with the 2388.
 

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yeah 03-05 had some issues...mainly seperator belts.... that got old... and thats the same time frame they the fans would plug on the pre cleaner....but they must have gotten that fixed.

also the 2588's have been a nice improvement on the 23's....

theres always issues with machines.....

no matter the color...just seems like its takeing them a long time to get this new series figured out and more reliable and maybe they might rethink how some parts of it work..

Feeder area especially....it seems like everyone has issues there...

are there any changes on the next 8020 series....in that spot??
 

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I have 06 8010 and one thing that has been terrific on machine is feederhouse. 1000 hrs and all I have done is 2-3 times a year properly adjust the tightener and away you go. 15000 acres on this chain. Time to replace wear strips and feederchain. I think the ones without spring tensioner are better but just my belief.
 

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we have replaced the unload auger chain and havent had many issues since. also the high moisture corn was an issue with us putting the viens in the slow postion did seem to help though. we did buy a new feederhouse chain the first time it broke and it cost $1500+ so we will replace links from now on. we have talked to a case engineer about the feederhouse and he said they know they have a problem and that they are working on it. not all is bad with the combine though we do like the capcity over the 9650sts we had before this combine and we have a 2188 that helps in beans and the 7010 with fd70 head runs circles around the 2188. beans is where the 7010 i think really does a great job. i just hope these problems we have get solved and we can keep this combine moving
 

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You didn't say how old your 7010 is. Or how many hours are on it.

CIH has it seems like has changed the feeder design every year since the 8010/7010 machines have been out. Why they just can't copy another manufacturer's wide throat design that works is beyond me.

Unless you have broken/wrecked the feeder chain by feeding objects in, don't you think that CIH should help you out with the purchase? It sounds like that is what the CIH engineer was telling you to do.
 

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Wow that's a lot of issues. We demo'd a 9120 for a day and a half and it ran for mybe three hours. Honestly. one problem wasn't the combines fault but the feederhouse has serious problems. I don't think I'd be too excited to get one until they build a feederhouse as big as the rest of the combine. It did move when it was going though.
 

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our 7010 is a 2008 with about 400 hours on it this year. and we have put few small rocks in the feederhouse but we have yet to have the slipclutch stop the feederhouse and we had a case tech check it.
 

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Thanks for responding.

Did the CIH dealer/CIH want you to pay for replacing the feeder chain?

What did they say the deal was on the fuel tank? I've never heard of that happening before.

I assume the fd70 header is a MacDon draper? How wide is it?
 

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THe Feederhouse Problem is very common on these Machines. I worked for a Farmer in Ontario and ran his Combine now for the third season. it is an `05 8010. On 1500 ac of Beans we changed the Chains four times. The reason why they break were always stones but the thing is that the darn slipping clutch does not slip. We checked every three or four days with a piece of wood and after a few days it adjustes itself and doesn´t slip anymore. On top comes that the Rocktrap on this machine is a piece of nuts and doesn´t work at all. The unloading auger chain has to be a Heavy Duty chain if not it´ll break and bend the Idler. The bolts on the spreader have to be tight and you better use Locktight. This machine did now 15000 ac in four seasons and in general we were very satisfied with it. It´s got lots of capaity and I like the computer on it. Would like a bigger cornhead but it doesn´t work bacause of the fieldlength. Right now we run a 8 Row Geringhof at 7 Mph.
 

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8010 do have a newer slip clutch assy, have changed three out, we have had feeder chain problems, chains sure don't last, have had machines with 400 hours, shot, stretch too much, i don't think double chain is the answer due to all the material coming into feeder, just a heads up, chains have to be in time with one another, slats of both chains need to match one another, scott.
 

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we have been told that they feed better if the chains are not match but alternate. our 08 7010 is a good combine after we figured out how to keep the fan from filling with grain. In soys the biggest problem is breaking feeder chains and in corn it is breaking the unload chain and belt. had to actually take the auger of the combine on Mon to empty it Took the grain saver of that doesn't work any way and it seems to draw a little bit easier. We seem to have trouble with grain loss in wet condition but it is better since we pulled the cage to the right to even up the grain on the pan. It is amazing how much snow this combine can take way bmore than our 88
 

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Anyone have issues with the four wheel drive? Seems to spin out the back tires easily and have to shift it to 2 wheel drive to get it out of the mud today. Alway have to shift to 2 wheel backing up hill
 
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