I wish you would have posted this about 3 weeks ago.
We had a alot of problems with the radiator plugging on our 2006 8010 this year. So we were washing it out at least every day and sometimes during the day if we were close to home.
Swung through the yard one afternoon and decided to wash it out before heading to another field. Sprayed the radiator down good and started the combine to head back out to the field. BAM!!!! One fan blade snapped off and poked a nice hole in the radiator. Ended up being about a three day fix since the nearest fan was in California (we are in MN).
Live and learn I guess....
So would someone go over the advantages of plastic fan blades? Pretty much have the disadvantages figured out. If this issue is not mentioned in the operators manual (and I doubt it is) I think there should be some consideration, parts at cost? And obliviously this message should circulated. Better luck.
Just go the bill today from the local dealer. The combine was out of warranty, but they talked to the CaseIH reps and CIH agreed to pay for the parts. We had to pay for the labor, trucking, and freight for the fan blade which came overnight from CA to MN (expensive!!).
So, the bill was still fairly large but obviously could have been alot worse.