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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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Brian..ko is right about the fan speed. The TII fan speed is 370-1170 rpms, the original 20 fan speed is 272-965rpm.

The walker length did not change, but the sieve length and total cleaning area did. The TII sieve length is 63.6 inches with 7498 sq in of cleaning and the original 20 series sieve length is 46.1 inches with 6799 sq in of cleaning. The walker length increased 18 inches with the 9600s.

Horsepower increased from 200 to 225 in the Titan IIs. Same engine, 466 cid.

I checked the brochure specs. If you want a copy, PM me your email address and I will send them to you. These are tough old machines, reading some of the posts on here they will last 10,000 hours if taken care of, like most machines.
The HP could have changed during 1980. I am referencing Jan 1979, Nov 1979 and Dec 1979 JD sales brochures which list 200 HP for both corn and grain machines. The next brochure I have is a Jan 1983 which shows the HP at 225. So it could have changed anytime inbetween as far as I know.
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