Thank you for the info. We are running 25 foot heads right now which we can get down the roads. I'm afraid anything over that might as well be a 40 because it will have to be trailed. Btw we are currently running 9660sts and the 25 is a hand full for it in our wheat if that would help with comparison.Wow, that is some good wheat! We have a 2011 740 with a 40' FD70. I agree that larger headers can often be a hinderance as we have terraces etc...
Thirty feet sounds like a lot for your yield. The problem I have with 30' is turning radius on the Lexion.
A 2011 is basically a late 500 series with a newer cab/interior and paint scheme. I think around 2013 and for sure 14, would come more power, emissions, possibly redesigned return elevator head, cooling system and maybe rear axle.
SK, I guess I'm having a hard time determining just exactly how big a head I need. Like I said the biggest combine I've ran or been around is my 9660sts. It's fine with a 25' head in our wheat and in the alfalfa seed 25' is almost too much head for it.If you do not need a 40ft head to load the combine then go with a 35ft. You will get a more even spread of the residue.
So that would be a 35' head.........correct?I think you would be happy with a 760 with a 1050 maxflex. I demoed a 1050 and it was the nicest auger head I had used. We went with a draper anyway but it seemed nice.
I've tried a draper in A. Seed before its just so fluffy it didn't work very well so although I would love the draper in the other crops I don't think it will work well in my main application.Another option would be a MacDon with the built in header transport. I like it better than chasing down a header trailer on the other end of the farm, lining up to unhook it, and still have to tie it down, hook up to the trailer, etc...
First year depreciation is a fact of life but it seems rather excessive on the Lexion's, of course if it levels out over say a 10 year period that would be fine. I would rather have a new one than buy someone else's problems IF it did level out.Any new combine (car, truck, etc) will lose a lot of value the first couple of years. If you don't like that, take advantage of it and by a slightly used one set up how you like it.
I would look for a machine with a keystock concave and possibly a style of an enclosed cylinder. Tracks are great, but slightly hurt an already poor turning machine. I would hate to go back to tires on a combine.
So help me out on the differences on the late model 590r's to the 760's. While the cost savings is tempting I'm concerned about HP and stuffing 35' of semi green material though the machine. We're talking with my Deere T670 some of these green spots you are down to .5 mph with a 25' head and curling your toes hoping it doesn't slug.Csfi if your not sure why not try a 590r first with low hours. It would cost 1/2 of the 760 and have the same capacity. There would be a lot less risk. Lexions have poor resale so use that to your advantage when you buy one.
We are going to look into this option for sure. Biggest problem is we just got a decent Lexion dealer in the area about 2 years ago so not a big presence as of yet. Not a lot of machines floating around nearby.Is there an opportunity to lease one for a season to see whether you like it before purchasing outright? Even if it is a second hand one sitting on a dealers?