We lease them. We've been doing that with JD for years. In'05 right before harvest because it was so late, we decided we wanted a second machine but Deere couldn't get us one on short notice. NH could so we went with a 970. The motor blew up on the 9860 in '04 and even though they replaced it we were always leery about that machine. We also had to replace the alternator, the jack shaft broke, we had recurring problems with fuel filters and the 970 never did. Same fuel same tank but the JD filters would get plugged every few days. We heard rumors of sludge or fungus in the fuel tanks.and Deere's bright idea for poly fingers on the pickup auger didn't work either, they wore off in canola and broke and the stubs kept punching through the auger. So when they came out with the Premium we traded this year. and NH wouldn't chip the 970 up to 400hp like the new models so we traded that one too.
In canola the Deere walked away from the NH but after when we went to switch over to wheat, we found filler plates that should have been taken out for canola were left in. The dealer said it was ready to go in canola. In wheat they are even but the Deere has a little cleaner sample. We're growing Superb which we find hard to thresh. The NH dealer is going to adjust the rotor clearance so we can shut it a little tighter yet. We give the edge to the NH but the servicing is easier in the Deere and it has more clearance for unloading into the truck or cart and a bit faster unload too.
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