R-40's and R-50's were truly the begining of "series 2" as they were a completely NEW model from the ground up. In fact for years in testing they were known as the N-3 and N-4 models, but never came out as an "N" series. I actually got to see an R-50 in the Fall harvest of 1986 as a prototype(with Deutz power), but it had the R-50 decals missing from the grain tank sides so no one would know what it was... R-40's and R-50's had the narrow body with a 70 inch processor and 30 inch feederhouse, while the big machines had a 90 inch processor and 40 inch feederhouse. The R-50 was presented to the dealer orgainization in 1987 as the replacement for the model L-3. It had seven or nine LESS drives than an L-3 and capacity equal to or greater. Where I come from in rolling sidehill corn harvesting, it would make an L-3 look pretty small with the accelerator roll system. The processor was the first "P-3" that was introduced with the short segmented hi-profile cylinder bars, channel iron constant angle helical bars, a concave that actually wrapped almost halfway around the cylinder and was adjusted from the rear (instead of the front on P-1), a seperation grate concave, 8 solid discharge paddles (instead of two rubber paddles),a chrome cage that was thicker/more rugged and only ONE door to remove, no cage sweep to maintain and a straw chopper that was not powered by a belt from the engine. Some of the drives were still by chain and remind you of an L-3 on the left side of the frame. It was a breath of fresh air from Gleaner division as it was really "new". The R-60/R70's on the other hand were still the old P-1 processor and same sheetmetal as the "N" and early "R" series. The first R42/R52's (1991/92)were just the R40/R50's with a new cab and longer feederhouse to match the deeper cab and a few other very minor changes. The Deutz engine would be the only downfall I would have to give it.....they run great, but IF you ever have trouble, repair parts or someone who will work on it could be an issue. Keep the cooling fins EVERYWHERE cleaned out!!!!!!!!