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8820 Deeres, what are they like ?

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We only have a fairly small operation and need to replace our 37 year old harvesters (2 of) with something a bit faster. We are currently looking at an old 8820 JD Titan 2 and my brother and I are wondering what the differences are between an early 20 series and the Titan 2, or is it just a flash sticker on the side?
The machine we are looking at is supposed to be a 1989 model but I have no idea how to verify that, also do 8820s have any major design failings or is there anything that gives trouble we should be looking for. We have had a look but it just appears to be in normal order for its age. This machine has 4000hrs up so its not new but appears to be in good order, no rust in frames or anything and paint in good order so its not been outside much. We can't see anything other than that its a bit old but we would probably only put about 120 hours a year on it.

What do you blokes think, is it worth mucking around with or are they too fragile at high hours.
Graham, from Western Australia.
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Thanks markat425 for going back and bringing my thread up for veitchy to read. I haven't been on for a while and really need to update the thread. We have done some more fixing on our machine and really need to show some of the work. She's still running strong and we are currently still shelling corn with it. Beans will follow soon after.

Veitchy, hope your "new" 8820 will be a good machine to you. Ours wasn't in that great of shape when we bought it, as you could see, but we have made it where it is a very reliable machine with a little bit of maintenance. Good luck to you on your purchase.

8820 Titan II serial number breakdown:

1985- HO8820X610XXX-611XXX

1986- HO8820X615XXX-616XXX

1987- HO8820X620XXX-621XXX

1988- HO8820X625XXX-626XXX

There were no 1989 models as this is the year when the 9000 series was introduced.

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