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With forage harvesting all done and machines put away, I ve been contemplating in looking at a SPFH instead of a bigger tractor. I ve come across a 97 6810 with 3000 hrs that's up for sale. Is it a reliable machine,is there something that needs to be look at other then the usual wear or would you think there's to many hours on the machine for the 300 acres of silaging I do every year? Your thoughts please.
 

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i like a 67-6850 with a 12.5 deere motor better. the cummins is cheaper to work on but the deere has a better torq curve an will use 2-3 gallons per hour less.do you cut corn?would you run a 6row?how tall an heavy is your corn?
 

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Yes, mostly corn with a little bit of greenfeed. A six row is what I have in mind. We grow quite a few varieties, got some Hyland SR35 that grew to 13ft this year. The unit that I'm looking at has a 14L cummins, which I would think should be more then enough for a six row. The motor is not what questions me, it s the rest of the machine, even with those hours, is it considered a reliable machine ?
 

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The only thing that would worry me on a 10 series is the wiring, definetly pull some of the plugs apart and check for rotten pins. But I would have to agree with jd7750 a 50 series would be a better investment
 

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I'd be wary of 10 series wiring as well. We have a 6710 in the shop right now because the feedrolls turn off when the work lights get switched on, and the main clutch (cutterhead drive) won't engage until the spout raise/lower switch is clicked. Also the automatic knife sharpen/shearbar set functions are acting up.
 

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I had a 97 6810 and it was a really good chopper. The wiring issues the 10 series had was the earlier ones prior to 97. That was the last year for the 10 series so it had a lot of the stuff on it that was going to be used on the 50 series.
I would check to see if it had the 50 series blower on it, it was a lot easier to change the bottom in the later blower if it has that update, but it is still cramped in there changing it do to the hyd. pumps being right there where the 50 series had 5 more inches of room in there and it made a big difference on the speed of changing the liner.
 

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I had a 97 6810 and it was a really good chopper. The wiring issues the 10 series had was the earlier ones prior to 97. That was the last year for the 10 series so it had a lot of the stuff on it that was going to be used on the 50 series.
I would check to see if it had the 50 series blower on it, it was a lot easier to change the bottom in the later blower if it has that update, but it is still cramped in there changing it do to the hyd. pumps being right there where the 50 series had 5 more inches of room in there and it made a big difference on the speed of changing the liner.
X2. 97's have had most of the 50 series upgrades, but the one that they lack most of the time was the 50 series blower. I have a 97 6710 and have minimal problems with it. But show me a cutter that never breaks down.
 
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