Guess I have never seen a 9600 in hemp, but here would be my view. The 9600 combine was a big combine in its day, but that day was at least 25years ago. I cannot believe it would even come close to the capacity combining hemp that newer machines that will combine hemp today. People that are "liking" 9600s for combining hemp have to be satisfied with less capacity; albeit at much lower cost machine. Everybody on here likes to talk about combine performance, b/hr or day, etc. I would say that I can combine more hemp in acres and/or $/day/person with cx8080 than anybody combining canola using same metrics so do not think you have to look at hemp as something that has to reduce capacity. If people shy away from growing the stuff because they disagree with this it suits me fine.I thought the hemp growers all wanted old 9600s? The hex shaft would be a small project to fix compared to the problems a lot of rotaries and more complicated systems like a T might have ?
Ok - I will bite. How many lbs of harvested hemp can you do in a day with a 9600 as" getting crap through" has to come out to be measurable hemp seed? I have done close to 150000 with the cx - that means it is all going thru machine trouble free. Precautions I take is not unloading on the go. I actually unload at idle, check things out, give potential problem spots a blow job every other hopper or so depending on conditions. This means that travelling 5-6mph picking up swaths. On typical comfortable day when not pushed would do not much more than half that amount.A 9600 will run side by side all day with the biggest fanciest machine out there. Harvesting this crop is not at all about bu/hr. Its about getting that crap through the machine trouble free.
With a name like Empire of Dirt you could flood the hemp mkt so may be best if you start paying consulting fees. It like most things on this forum where there no "one size fits all" for all occasions/areas, but with hemp there are some definite do's and don'ts that will cost money or cause problems. You either pay to play or you can play and pray.So you swath your hemp? Every one here straight cuts. If you do swath how do you stage it and how long do you leave it down?
I see we're talking two totally different scenarios here. The hemp we grow is 6-8 feet tall - swathing is out of the question. What I'm trying to get across is when you're straight cutting the stuff driving as fast as physically possible while trying to get it all on the header and through the machine no other machine is going to do any better.
"If anyone has any questions about growing hemp fire away"
So is that pun intended - lol. Guess if you burning up machines maybe better it 9600's.