Actually you are bang on, macdon reps at farm shows have told me the higher told them to cut costs. I guess they accomplished this, but the shields are a pieces of you know what. If I'm spending close to $100,000 on a header I don't care if it's $500 more for a good shield.Just had a new FD75 show up to the yard after many years with an FD70, and though the header looks good, albeit very similar to the outgoing model, I'm really disappointing with the cheap, flimsy, poor opening plastic end shields. I felt Macdon nailed it when they went to the shield that swung open on an arm and locked in place, and was quite solid and robust plastic. These new ones are super thin, flimsy, a pain to get on and off, reduce access to belt/gearbox. F'ing junk shields boys. This new one looks like a case of "How can we cut the mfg cost of the header without sacrificing header performance, but at the expense of customer ease of use all while selling the unit for more money?" Mission accomplished.