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Hi there,

Well we demoed a CR9040 with a 6 row new holland chopping corn head on Saturday. My overall impressions from the day are very positive mixed with a few negatives. I'll try and highlight as many as I can remember.















Ok here goes.

The combine has capacity coming out the who knows what. WOW. I've never harvested corn above 5mph before, let alone 8mph. At 8mph the engine load was only 75%. Unloading on the go at 6.6mph the engine load was 91%. The combine certainly has power.

The cab is extremely spacious. Like lay down and take a nap behind the seat spacious. The controls are extremely well laid out and very easy to figure out. This is a very employee operator friendly combine. The computer screen is very colorful and with a bit of training of the eyes very easy to figure out what you need to know. There are 6 pages of fully customizable information for you to browse while harvesting. The window into the grain tank gives you a good view of the grain up to a half hopper full. The control stick I found a bit awkward at first but after a few hours if felt right. I'm not too fussy about the resume button for the auto header height and used manual controls much of the time.

The unload auger is another highlight of the machine. Its unload height is exceptional and the new 2008 boot is much better at funneling the grain in a controlled manner. The grain saver trap door at the end of the auger does a good job holding back the grain if the auger is nearly empty. When the auger is full it does a TERRIBLE JOB.

The engine compartment features a wide open design that seems to work very well for New Holland. With no sheet metal to catch residue everything stayed very clean with no build up of any kind. The oils are all side by side for very easy morning maintenance and the fuel tank is right at the top of the ladder.

The rear access ladder in my opinion is much too steep and I can see climbing it carrying a jug of oil would be a challenge. I guess I'm too used to the ladder on the rear of the 2388.

The grain hopper is very large. 315bu and the filling auger does a very good job at centering the pile. Some combines don't so I consider this a very important feature. The auger and extensions fold down very quickly and easily, though I wish there were a few more foot stands in the hopper to make taking down the corner braces a bit safer. The hopper cleans out very well after unloading so switching crops will not take a great deal of cleanout.

The feeder house is very wide, as wide as the dual rotors so they claim there is no bottle neck as in a single rotor machine funneling the crop down. I don't buy it but that is what they claim. The stone trap is interesting. It is a pressure sensor that can be set from the cab. If it senses a stone, the entire floor of the feeder house opens and drops everything on the ground. The head and feeder chain also stop with a brake instantly as well. The reverser is a very slick unit. It can be run forward and backward and it has great power.

The lights at night are very bright and angled quite well in the field. However, on the road there is either something wrong with this combine or New Holland engineers never expected anyone to drive on on the road past dark. The lights seem to angle down and aim at the head and only the head. I couldn't see more than 15 ft in front of me. Good thing I only had a 6 row head or at the 20mph road speed I'm sure I would have smoked a few mail boxes.

Other than that it is a pretty standard combine, in cab adjustments for everything, drop down chopper, separate chaff spreader, you know the drill.

My dislikes.

THE STEERING WHEEL!!! I know, it is a weird thing to complain about, but you are hanging onto it all the time so this has to be right. It is about 35% too big in diameter. It really made turning on the headland a chore. Also in typical New Holland style it is made of a rather coarse rubber which I find makes my hands sore by the end of the day. Same exact steering wheel as on our T7060's.

The boot spills grain when shut off full. This needs to be fixed.

Brakes are not powerful enough to lock up individual wheels. I found a mud hole and didn't have enough braking power to stay on the rows. Granted it has only R1 rubber up front, but still. This combine needs R2 up front for sure. Actually all combines do.

The ear saver on the corn head. It really inhibits your few of the gathering chains of 4 rows. I really don't like this. I understand it is saving ears but it is a menace.

Poly snouts break way to easy.

I guess that is all that annoyed me about the combine.

Ok, back to the pics. There is a video from inside and outside to come.

The color monitor, this one is not a touch screen but it looks the same as it.


Took a lot of getting used to the boot throwing the grain so far


HAHA, how many people can say they harvested a test plot with a demo combine?


Grain tank folded down


Lights at night


Caught a stone frozen in the ground at only 2mph and did this to the snout. A metal snout would have floated over but this poly snout was not so lucky.


The next morning parked at the elevator waiting for the salesman to pick it up.


Well, we were only supposed to use the combine for 4 hours, but I stretched that out to 9 hours and 52ac.
I feel I got a good feel for the machine and am pleased with how the demo went. We will pay for the snout and we also replenished all the fuel we used plus some for their trouble. I would like to thank Weagant farm Supplies for the demo combine and their continued service.

Warren
 

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why in the heck are you interested in a 6 row


thats WAAAYYYY too little head for the machine. I can pick 140 bushel corn with my tr98 at 4 ish mph with our 6 row

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Warren: I would assume if you were to buy this combine you get at least an 8 row head on it ? How does it compare to the 2388, power wise;capacity ,comfort ease of use? Are you also looking at CIH combines? Real good demo report on the 9040. Is there many of those machines out your way? How is the harvest going and how are the yields?
 

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Hey I actually saw you running it last Saturday ! I'm Paul Empey, at that house on flagg road. That thing was running through corn faster than our 4420 goes on road


Are you gonna demo JD/Case/Gleaner too? How many acres to left to go this year?
 

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Hey Warren, haven't seen much of you around lately. I take it that you have been busy up there. Were you guys able to miss the snow last weekend?

So how did you like the corn head? I know some guys don't like chopping stalks because it creates too much residue to plant soys into the next spring. Or are you guys gonna be plowing those fields?
 

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Very good report. The claim that New Holland make regarding the width of the feeder house matching the rotors is correct, which apart from having the twin rotor system is one of the biggest assests over our rivals, as you get the even grain thow across the pan. We find the grain throw on the auger is exceptional as majority of our CR's are fitted up with 42ft center mounts and the occasional 45. Was the 9040 the only machine the dealer had to demo or was that what you asked for?
 
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