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tips/advice on flex head for M2 - is this decent

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I'm growing soybeans for the first time and am looking for a 15-18' flex head for my late 70's M2. There is one local (Central NY) that I looked at - it looks to be a late 70's model as well. It is in decent condition but I am wondering if these heads worked well or if I should be looking for a later model L/M header. I see on partsbook that they seem to changed significantly in 1984, specifically the skid system under the cutterbar. I'm going to be doing around 50acres a year and planting them on 30" rows.

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I'm not sure - I have the serial number but can't tell the age. Serial is LMF44771H and it's 15'. It looks just like my M2 15' grain header from the back, it has a wobble box drive and the small skid plates under the cutter bar. What is a Hart-Carter floating cutter bar?

There is also an 18' flex head I've found - it says Duetz Allis on the side and it has a hydraulic drive for the reel. I assume that the 300 series?
Thanks for the info. is the series II head a Hart-Carter or more of a true floating head? I didn't see that it had hinged plates behind the cutterbar and the auto-height was electric going back to the combine.

Do you know if it is fairly straight-forward to use the series 3 head on an M2?
tbk - the ones I'm looking at are for M/L, not a rotary. Thanks for the information - yes that sounds like what is on the series II i looked at. They are asking $1800 for it and I think it's in fair to good shape - the only problems are some missing shoes (under the knife bar) and the center section of the auger is very rough. It is working, but I would probably try to find a replacement.

mattalx I will look at auctiontime - thanks for the tip.
It's a 78 or 79 - round headlights without rubber surrounds and the older style bin with the flashers on the outside. My dad bought it new.

I thought I posted this question but it seems to be lost: is the difference between the older heads and the series III night and day for harvest, or is it more of an incremental change? The series III seems a little more complicated with the oil pump and reservoir mounted on the head. I think the ledge effect would be beneficial because we are quite stony.
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