I recently purchased one of mike Mitchell’s ideal 9’s at rb auction to run alongside 7 New Holland’s. Our farm is all New Holland’s. I always like to throw a odd ball in to try. I’ve ran 4 different Claas combines over the last few years also. Decided I needed to try a fendt out. We are located north east of yorkton and grow good crops with tonnes of straw. We started harvesting oats last week. I do not dececate them as our oat buyer does not allow that. So Whene your straight cutting oats that weren’t sprayed the seed is close to dry and u can twist water out of the straw yet. The head I purchased for it is a FD 145. The first day we pull into field We plugged chopper 7 times in a mile or so. I was frustrated and not liking the situation. We started eyeing up everything and realized hey the problem is coming out of chopper into the spreader fins. I have a journeyman New Holland mechanic who works for us and is one of the best u can find. So the mechanic takes it back to shop spends 4 or 5 hours on it fabricating the chopper. And the fins. Took it back to field and it’s been 5 days of non stop harvesting for the fendt. I was hoping for 150 oats and there doing well over that. The straw is 4 to 5 bale an acre. The dealer told us don’t combine with knives in because you’ll have chopper plugging. We have the blades all the way in going 3.8 to 4.7 mph, Witch is 1 to 1.5 mph and 10 more feet of header then my Cr’s. We run 8.9 new Holland’s that are new every year and they are great, BUT!!! The fendt is a monster once u can dial it in. Knock on wood it’s early yet but so far it’s a great machine. We were panning them also. They were both very good whene it came to losses but the fent was a touch better. We will be sending some pics of our on the farm fabrication to some of the fendt dealers in Saskatchewan here in the coming days. Once the chopper was solved, hard not to start to like the beast. We got 55 harvesting hours on it and if it keeps on going it’s hard not to look at an ideal 10. We’ll be posting some info on here as we go on with harvest. And for colour criticizers we used to run new Case 9230’s until 5 years ago. So I’m not stuck on one colour I like to try all out. I had the x9 last year for a day and was verry impressive.