We did actually go and look at a 9500 with 3500 hours up before we looked at the 8820 only problem is $$$$, its about 5 times the price. I know the owners of both machines quite well and no doubt about it the 9500 is a top machine and the owner is exceptionally good with his maintainance, but he isn't shure when he wants to part with it because at the moment he hasn't secured a replacement and we needed one for this harvest. The 8820 on the other hand is available now for a lot less dough, the owner through family berevement is selling most of the farms machinery, he only got the machine a couple of years ago and hasn't had any trouble with it so we have now officialy bought it. (havn't given him the cheque yet but have shaken on it so the deal is done)
**20titan2 , Thanks for that thread and all the pics of your ongoing project, it shure looks a lot better than when it was sitting "in the weeds at the back of the dealers". There is a lot of information in that thread and I read it from one end to the other, well done she is a beauty now.
Stevo, its funny one of the harvesters we are using now came from up your way. It belonged to a bloke named Jim Bodington at Yandanooka, I remember well picking up this old XP88 from between Mingenew and Threesprings and driving it home to Quairading, took us 2 days to cover the 500Klm but its been a good machine. I used to have a mate with a farm at Canna for a few years and one of the reasons I like Johnny harvesters is Les had a 7720 and except for trying to "harvest" a power poll with it while he was doing lupins (something you cant blame the harvester for) I don't think he had any trouble with it at all.