I'll be surprised if it wont take more to fix that than if they totalled it out. Besides the obvious ones, there is probably several bearings that wont look heat scorned but that got hot enough that they should be replaced too.
Good luck, Keep us informed of the progress and send pics as they fix it.
I don't really like the idea of fixing it. Not very familiar with the jonnies but there must be a lot of wiring damage. My guess is it will never be the same again, even when fixed. It will be very interesting to see how you get on.
They think. Few years ago a local 9650 burnt. Insurance guy who was a retired navy guy and knew nothing about farming. Said it will be cheaper to rebuild it. So he got the JD dealer to put together a list of parts to rebuild. Turned out it was cheaper to buy a new one then rebuild the 9650.
Theres no reel way they will repair it but its another may they can use to stall having to pay out money. Funny how when you owe them its gotta be paid in full right now and when the shoes on the other foot there in no hurry to pay you. they have been imposible to get ahold of, and two months after the case was filed now they decide I have to have a dealer get a estamate to repair it. I thought thats what the investigator or adjustor would be able to do that.
I'm sure that having a "bona fide" dealer assess the situation and present their own quote of estimated repair cost, is a good barometer for insurance adjustors to go by. Otherwise, it's just the owner's word against theirs and what do they really know of a combine's value, let alone repair costs.
If he's that worried about an "outside" opinion, I would get with several dealers and have them give you a quote, should give you a good average. I do know the rate to repair such machines is higher in Canada (shop rates $$$). Also not all dealers will rebuild such a machine, I would check up there first though
If this gets fixed that tells me:
1. There wasn't enough fuel in the the tank
2. The wind was from the wrong direction and by the looks of the auger spout it was.
3. Fire fighting efforts were too good.
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