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Hi gents.
Looking at a windrower and would like a bit of info regarding capacity for irrigated canola and wheat stubble. Most people are using a 25ft front for canola and heavy wheat stubble, so how many ha would a single machine do in a 24hr period, what sort of cost would the machine incur in a season and how many ha is a machine capable for a season.
This question is weighted towards the Aussies and info is much appreciated.
Looking at either 2nd hand JD or macdon
 

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The prime mover will cost bugger all to run, just servicing basically and insurance, fuel. Unless you go contracting!!!! Which you probably will Gavin.:eek:

A 25' Macdon just guessing maybe $2k a year, for your farm. That will just consist of knife sections, knife guards and the odd reel finger. Cutting wheat stubble off at the ground is pretty hard on these components. Draper belts will last you for years. They can be bought from Neils a fair bit cheaper than in town.

Not up too speed with hectare abilities but id guess in bankless channel canola you would do 150ha easy in 24hrs as long as it was all standing.
 

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25 ft is roughly 7.5 meters so you will cover a hectare every 1333 meters you travel. If you travel 10 km/hr you will be windrowing 10,000/1333 or 7.5 ha/hr. This is the first time I've calculated ha/hr and its kind of neat to see that it works out that your equipment width in meters equals your ha/hr at 10 km/hr.

So to calculate ha/hr simply divide your implement width (meters) by 10 and multiply by your speed in km/hr.
 
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