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Gleaners aren't common in the area, and in the search for cheap backup harvesting ability, the color of silver has caught my eye.

Wondering if anyone has run both TRs and Rs and what they can tell me about capacity, wear and economy. Love the TR capacity per dollar, but they are quite labor intensive and not easy to work on.

Should a Gleaner be an option?
 

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We had gleaners for a while in the 80's and early 90's. We grew a lot more wheat back then, once continuous cropping and different crops became the norm, the switch to NH occurred. They were great in wheat but below average in everything else. There is a farmer in our area that has both. Uses the gleaner for wheat and his TR for everything else. I would estimate that maintenance and wear per hour of use would be similar on both.
 

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Stay with a 1996 or later and you get the longer shoe. I do wheat,durum,barleyand peas with my 96 and 97 R72's. Lougheed has a good dealer.
 

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We ran an R 72 beside the last of the Tr99s for several years and they are both nice combines but I prefered the 72 to operate and service. The Gleaner is a lot easier to work on and get at things, the cab is bigger however the air con was better on the 99 (colder). The chopper is better on the 99 and baling is far easier behind the twin rotor. The Gleaner seemed to have a bit more capacity in most conditions in higher yielding crops (Australian conditions) and grain loss seemed to be similar, if the TR started to lose grain the 72 would be doing the same. Fuel consumption favoured the Gleaner although there was only 10 gallons or so over a long day working side by side both machines were considered economical.
The Gleaner is a lot easier to set for different crops as I often had to pull or change concave wires for different conditions for the NH whereas the Gleaner was not touched in this area. Both good combines.
 

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Andy, I like both of these combines for their solid performance but particularly in most small grains the Gleaner is a nicer overall machine for the attributes you mention. Where the TR can be a bit cumbersome to work on/around at times, the Gleaner is a true beauty in this respect - most areas are easily accessed and service with ease. The Gleaner wear parts for the most part will seem to outlast those in a NH by a good margin also (elevators, augers, chains, concaves, etc). And the Gleaner cleaning system is just about unbeatable for capacity and grain savings. I also agree about the post '96 models being desirable for the longer shoe. For someone like you who obviously already knows his way around a combine, I know you would find a great deal to appreciate in a Gleaner.
 

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Andy we have 2 tr 98s and 0ne 72. We have run tr since the 70 came out and just got the gleaner last year. We really do like the NH machines but I always have liked the idea of a gleaner and wanted to try one. I will admit we had a lot to learn (and never did figure out till harvest was done) on the gleaner but here is what we think about the combines so far.
NH advantages would be, 1 better chopper 2 higher unloading auger
Gleaner advantages: 1 Higher capacity (in any crop that we ran in which was dry wheat,canola,peas and high moisture canola (25%)) 2 way simpler design 3 heavier built wear points.
We had a lot of trouble with the gleaner loosing grain over the sieve and never figured out until almost to late what the problem was. (the bottom sieve was raised in the front blocking air flow to the top sieve).
The r72 was not stock it had the feederhouse floor lowwerd and a pfp rotor and steep pitch helicals.
 

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does anyone know if you can put a redekop chopper on a gleaner r series? im curious like andy as to of how the gleaner operates, my biggest worry is residue managment by far, we bale some straw as well.
 

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we had new holland tr's on my family farm since the 90's starting with a tr96 a tr97 and several tr98's. i also ran gleaner r-72s on harvest for two years. the new hollands have many more moving parts than the gleaners and the gleaners have far less daily points to grease.(i think like 7 if i remember correctly, its been almost ten years). and my opinion is that the r-72 will eat them new hollands alive in the field. i was a die hard international and new holland guy until i met mel gossen and saw what them gleaners were made of. the only one i had been around before that was the L2 we had years ago but it was pretty good to us. theres not many gleaners in this area anymore cause the closest dealer is at least 100-150 miles away and all these john deere nutz think gleaner is a joke. if they only knew...
 
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