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From a straight logistical/comfort point of view some combines are nice to road, some crap.
I've seen where a certain speed sets up a resonant frequency that turns gut shaking, the lack of a header making that worse.
Width can be an issue, duals particularly problematic, road widths should be known.

If you know this going in, have atter.
 

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In 2004 when I showed up in Oz to combine, my first task was to road a header(combine) towing a front(header) from Coonamble,NSW to Walgett, NSW. I was sure wondering what I had gotten myself into being it was over 100km away and they told me to follow the tip of my nose! Lol it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought even on narrow roads. And is quite the norm over there. After completing harvest there the contractor made us an offer that was hard to refuse to road the machines about 700km south. We decided it was time to hit the coast tho! ;)
 

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Ive driven home and drug home alot of machinery over the years and also farmed land 70 miles away. While I dont think its a big deal to road something for a few hours but you have to be smart about it. Sounds like this one needs to be hauled. You dont really know what condition everything is in and you still need to get someone to drive you there and possibly follow you home....you will use fuel in your pickup....fuel in the combine and have extra wear on the tires from roading as well as getting your planataries plenty warm. This is probably going to take up a day for 2 people plus costs. Or you can spend fifteen minutes drinking coffee at your desk and make a couple of calls and have it low bedded. You need to figure on 2 to 3 hundred for loading and unloading as well as 3 bucks a loaded mile....this is real rough numbers but give you an idea. if you have to drive there anyway and it is a half a day drive home and have nothing else to do then have at er!! Also if you low bed you have no liability issues and no chance of being broken down on the side of the road!
 

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Or you can spend fifteen minutes drinking coffee at your desk and make a couple of calls and have it low bedded. You need to figure on 2 to 3 hundred for loading and unloading as well as 3 bucks a loaded mileQUOTE]

I have never been charged load/unload fee..maybe if something had to be winched on.
But have been charged for pilot vehicles.
 

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I havent ever been charged a loading/unloading fee either.....but that is still factored into the price. I had a 9530 tractor brought here this fall....$600 for around 100 miles. Had a combine hauled 300 miles last year....same type of price structure.
 

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drove one 70 miles, had another hauled 150.. The one they hauled was done in January it was -5 when he left, I told the trucker not to leave it running.. Anyways he had some trouble had to turn back and go to shop for repairs to truck, then left next day, ended up blizzarding bad so he was stranded another day. Turned really cold when he showed up and couldn't start it to get it off the trailer! Couldn't tow it off, because of the park brake couldn't release without it running. Anyways let a propane heater burn in the engine compartment while I fed the trucker supper.. It finally did start luckily without any damage to the engine. Moral of the story? Let the combine run!!!
 

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Bought mine last December and drove it home 150 miles. It was COLD! Did it in the middle of the night knowing I had some large towns to go thru. Sure got some looks especially when I pulled into a Denny's for breakfast !!! A Case 2388 with dials is kinda wide :)
 

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tires don't like it, I know a custom harvester that drove his machines from regent nd to some place in Kansas, that was nuts but when he got back them nice 900s wernt pretty, trucking sounds expensive but it's really not that bad, I had a yp2425 twin row planter hauled from Sullivan Indiana to regent north Dakota and it only cost 8500$, penuts compared to what I saved
 

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Just to throw a wild idea out there..... tow it?

Custom outfit we use to get back in the day had all JD9600's and one ol' JD8820. They hauled all the 9600's but with that 8820, they would undo the connectors on the drive axles, attach an A-frame hitch to the rear axle and tow it backwards. I think they aired up the tires too. No header on it. Tires didn't look all that bad really, but then I don't know how new/old they were at the time?

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Is Australia I run a custom combine but only the 1 , walk/road my combine 2500miles/4000km a year never had any issue I would love to truck it , I can't afford-justified owning a truck for just 1 combine , it cost me $1.5/km to walk it in fuel but to truck it, cost are up near $6 an I escort the truck , what are the cost in the states for trucking
 

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I havent ever been charged a loading/unloading fee either.....but that is still factored into the price. I had a 9530 tractor brought here this fall....$600 for around 100 miles. Had a combine hauled 300 miles last year....same type of price structure.
Ya definitely hauling costs a few bucks but sometimes its money well spent.
 
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