$600-650 hr for a Lexion 600
Maybe you could get $700 over in WA but Iam not aware of the charge rates over there.
Any less and you won’t last
Unless your near the coastal areas I would assume all the big DryLand areas would be Hectare rates.
I run 8010’s at $550 or $55 hectare base rate plus yield increments. Iam actually not running them this harvest but if I was the hourly rate was going up to $580 to help with insurance, accomodation, food, Super, Workers Comp and fuel costs for small vehicles, etc etc
I would like $600 but they just dont have the performance in the paddock to charge that rate
Don’t mention contractors on farm policies as it makes my blood boil. Iam a harvest contractor. Not a farmer. No land. I HAVE to pay full rates for everything. NO primary producer handouts for me.
Try WFI for insurance.
Elders won’t touch you.
I had quotes up to $50k for a $200k machine when I had my policies pulled by another insurer.
Public Liability is another hurdle you will have
Now remember, you need spares, lots of spares,. You need a good Ute and tools, you need an industrial compressor, it’s just constant needs with harvesting when starting from scratch. There’s huge costs just running your Ute around the countryside and food, accomodation etc etc
John Deere or Trimble Auto Steer will cost a lot. Obviously the fit out will be financed but there’s annual subscriptions
I can’t see how you can make it work with a truck and travelling to the east coast and back.
Do more research. The numbers are always fudged by other contractors and or “ farmer contractors “
I couldn’t make things work at my end with headers I own and insurance at $50k each.
I don’t mean to sound to negative but it’s not that easy. Find me a big time contractor with multiple late model units that started from scratch. There is no such thing. They have all had a helping hand from somewhere, whether it’s family land or death inheritance, etc
Back to your original post, yes, I was involved with plumbing an additional radiator into a 600 and running electric fans on it. It did help with lower engine temps but it was always choked with chaff.