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When my head broke I hired a freind to help out. He has a 2388 with a 25 ft head. We had both my 2388 and his in the same feilds. He said by the hour. He not out to make big money but be fair for fuel and wear and tear and some for his time What is the going rate per hr ? this is in beans thanks
 

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Most everyone around here (dealerships and custom guys) charge $150 per engine hour. That is for combine and head only. Usually a 100-200 hour minimum.
 

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$400/hr is the correct rate. Or an easy way to work it out is 1% of new value is your cost, then you need to add your desired profit margin.
Therefore, if the machine costs $325K operating costs would be $325/hr + margin of (example) 20% equates to $390/hr.
You can also go to www.agha.org.au/cms/index.php?page=costs-calculator scoll down the page a bit & fill the boxes with your figures.
 

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Canonuser & Marshall - how much are you guys paying for a 2588 or 6088 with a 36' draper, yield mapping & auto steer ? From those prices quoted you must be buying them for around $150K. If you can hire one for $150/hr then it makes no sence whatsoever in buying one.
 

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1% of 325K is $3,250, not $325. $325 is .1%, and is still much to high. If you look at the prices of late model used combines, low hour machines are discounted by $50 to $200 per engine hour, after allowing for the dealers mark-up.

If you assume the reduction in value of the combine is $80/hour for additional engine hours, that would imply a rental rate in the range of $100 to $120/hour. This is less fuel and operator.

Your state's extension service probably has custom rental rates available or posted on their website.
 

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Yes bent you are right about the typo error. It's interesting you say that $325 (for the .1%) is too high. If you're a grower (& yes I am one of those) I guess you may look at any price as too high in this current environment however, if you're a custom cutter then that price is not enough to maintain a viable business.
I stand to be corrected but I gather that custom harvest rates are $22-$25/ac (wheat) & if you work that through i.e. 36' header @ 5mph X 85% efficiency = 18ac/hr. Therefore, 18 X 22 = $396/hr.
$325/hr would seem to me to be a very fair price.
 

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We charge $180.00 per hour for rental rates. Get ready boys, I think renting is going to be a thing of the past. There's just not any new machines out there. Why rent if you can sell them?
It doesn't make a lot of sense to rent a $325,000 machine out for 200 to 300 hours a year, reduce a machine and head about 40K, warranty starts when rent starts, dealer will hold machine probably until next season and pay interest.
 

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Around here dealers do not rent new machines. They will only rent used ones. I would say guys around here charge about $22-$25 per acre for custom work.
 
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The custom guys I have talked to generally charge by the acre. There is one fellow I talked to who charged by the hour. His rate was based on what he combine in a good standing crop. Based on 25 foot header at 5 mph he would do around 15 ac/hr. His per acre charge was 27$/ac so that would be 405 $/hr. That included trucking to the bin up to 4 miles. Hope that helps.
 
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