I've used a 692 for 3 seasons. Feeds great. Simple folding system. Mounts close to the feed rolls so balanced better than most, which makes a big difference in mud.
I had Kemper factory rep ride with me when we were chopping corn in July. I asked him why anybody still buys a large drum header? His answer was that in corn up to 20 tons, the small drum is the better choice. He said the problem in heavier corn is that the small drums turn faster....and have a tendency to throw the ears out on the ground.
I have owned both types of headers, and they work surprisingly different. The large drums bring the crop in vertical to the center of the head....and then knock it down into the feed rolls. The new small drum headers bring the crop in horizontally, so they create a better material flow long before it gets to the feed rolls. We never cut 20 ton corn here.....8 to 15 most years, so I wasn't a fan of Kemper's large drum header.
Just my .02
Good luck man!
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