We have ran two combines a JD 9410 and JD 9550 with 6 row corn heads and 20 ft platforms for 6-7 years now. We are thinking about trading the 9410 for a JD rotor 9560 or 9570 my question is would we be better off just to trade the whole works and go with a bigger machine and run 8 row cornhead and at least a 30 ft platform of course this would require trading planters to. Tell me what you think I dont care what color your running but tell me how many acres an hour or day you can cover I think if we were to trade just the 9410 we would upgrade to a 25 ft platform I also imagine that with any rotor we might be able to run a bit faster ground speed right now we run between 2.5-3.5 in corn and beans. Also if you have ever had this situation and went with the one big combine did you like it or not. And what are some pros and cons of two combines vs one? Thank You
If you only have one machine, when it breaks down there is no harvesting going on. I've been helping a friend harvest with his 9560 and it is a fine maching but not trouble free. He bought it used just prior to the 2011 wheat harvest and has several issues with it. Computer problem, radiator, engine fuel problem and a broken piece in the feeder house. Of course, that will happen with any machine. Will the fuel used by one larger combine be less that two smaller ones? Apparently you have the manpower to operate as you currently are, but could the driver of one of those be better utilized? The rotor machine does a nice thrashing job. Better than his older 9600. It also has a much superior chopper, especially in wheat. I understand it does have an upgraded custom harvestor chopper. It is a very nice machine.
For the price of a 9570, you may as well spend a little more and get a 9870. You would easily replace a 9410 and a 9550 with one good 9870. Put a 12 row corn head and a 36' draper on it and you would travel between 5-7mph. In wheat a 9870 will do between 18-22 acres per hour. You will still need the man power to keep the grain away. You would also have 1/2 the moving parts of 2 combines. Down side, when it breaks down everything stops.
The 2009 and up 70 series have the better feederhouse and guidance ready is standard.....