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I have never run a draper, but have been told they are well worth the extra money and I need one. Since I haven't been around them I am ignorant as to the questions I would need to ask if I was looking at a used one, what I would need to look at on a used model, how to tell if it is a flex or rigid, and anything else you guys can think of that a person that doesn't know anything about them would need to know. Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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Not sure what brand or size you are looking for, but will try to help. I'm going to be very biased toward the MacDon, they've been building drapers much, much longer than the other companies and it's what I run. You will be able to tell the difference between the flex and the rigid when you look at it, also any flex model begins with the letters FD. Make sure you pick up the head and check the cutterbar, center and side draper belts, center drum, chain that turns the center drum, reel bushings, any bearings you can see on your draper rollers, oil leaks on hydraulic motors. I've run approximately 12,000 acres through each of the 2 I currently have and only replaced one hydraulic motor that drives the left side draper. they are very dependable and do an excellent job of cutting and feeding in all crops.
 

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Thanks for the help kb. I run a 2008 8010 and I currently am running a 30ft 2020. I need a flex head as I do mostly soybeans on rolling ground. From what I understand the JD and Case drapers are MacDon's right. Also from the little research I have done it sounds like as you said MacDon has the best draper. Thanks again.
 
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