I'll agree with yam in that it depends. We've got just over 1400 acres of fall crops this year and I'm sure glad we have a 2388 and not something smaller. We also have around 1000 acres of wheat and I wish we still had two combines for that. However, a neighbor only farms about 1500 acres total (wheat and corn/milo) and he gets by just fine with a 9500.
Since you're already running a 1688 is it safe to assume you have a 30' platform and 8 row corn head? If that's the case I see nothing wrong with a 2388.
Depnds I guess. I run about 1300 acres of corn and soy with a 1991 1660 and finished in about 5 weeks this year. That included several rainy days. Figure I could handle another 400 acres pretty easily. This is in odd shaped fields and terraces.
Im running a 30' 400 acres wheat 900 acres soys, 200 corn so right now just using my older 6 row corn head. my 1688 runs 4 4.5 mph in 40 bus beans and 160 corn ive been 100% satisfied with it since i bought it used about 8 yrs ago. just wondering if ill be as happy with a 2388 theres one coming up for auction in dec. with 900hrs. and would likely be many thousands less than a newer 7010. if my acres grow to 2000 as i hope will this machine be enough. or should i wait a couple more years for a good used 7010
Your 1688 could easily handle 2000 acres, so yes, the 2388 should be plenty. I run my 1660 at about 5 mph in 200 bu corn with a 6 row head and I'm running a 15' bean platform. Would like a bigger platform, but don't have field tracker. Where are you located? That might make a difference.
My wife made that same comment . guess id like to update to a 5 yr old machine if the price was right and then id be good for the next few years. and i can still get a half decent price for my 88 if i sell it private. who knows with all the imputs hittin the roof maybe ill stick with what i have a bit longer.
If ya want to save some $$$$$$$$, go out into wheat country and find a lower hour 2188 that hasn't seen alot of bushels through it...EX: 40 bu wheat versa 200 bu corn. I bought a 2000 hr wheat machine and have been real happy with it.....and less $$$$$ than a 2388. Just my thoughts.
Why are you even looking at a 7010 for 1,500 acres???? We're at nearly 3,000 with a 2588 and got everything done between Sept. 22 and Nov. 3. And that was with several rainy days and half days of running. Find a 2188 for less $ and have fun. By the way, a late model 1688 is the same thing as a 2188, just a different cab.
That being said, I'm looking to bump up to a bigger combine as well. Looking 7088 or 7120.
only interested in a 7010 if acres grow but im more interested right now in a 2388 coming up at auction in dec. this would be more affordable and the right size. at age 44 I have time to grow just land rental right now is not coming up. cant afford something newer so taking little steps up.
Right apporach. When I was in college I worked for a guy that ran 2,00 acres through a '92 1688. Got everything done in 5 weeks. Depending on age and hours on that 2388, you should be able to get a good buy.
this year went good for me to 4 wks. 1500 acres everything done washed put away. and back to work. only replaced one chopper bearing rubber . one spreader pulley. its nice to have a fall with no problems.