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Pros:
-pushes short beans into the auger for more even feeding
-tends to blow dust away on still days

Cons:
-Uses power, so ground speed is slower
-adds weight, so a smaller combine, or one with a weak hydraulic system, paired with a larger head might not be able to lift it.

There mighth be others, but these are the ones I see.
 

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If your thinking about an air reel check out the AWS system. We have used both AWS and Crary and we like AWS better. It is less money and works with OEM reels. Its easier to move from one head to another. In our opinion AWS does a better job moving beans off cutter bar because the angle of air flow. If beans are very short ( 6 inchs or less) a air system will really make you money. If beans are logged and green I'm not sure an air reel helps at all and may somtimes hinder feeding. AWS is easy to take off if you want and you are back to stock. With crary that's not a option. http://www.awsairreels.com/
 
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