Switching to SP, advantages?
Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:47 PM
We currently farm just over 1600 acres of hay in saskatchewan and use a 2008 16' MacDon A-30S pull type. I love the MacDon and how it runs in hay. We have demo'd disc bines but there are just too many rocks in our area to run them without significant breakage.
My main question is whether switching to an 18' SP is worth the expense. I have heard you can travel faster with them because of the better ride and seeing everything in front of the cab. Also does airbags on the back of swathers make a large difference? We would prefer sticking with MacDon, probably an M150 with A40D header but the NH8040 with air ride on back axle looks handy. Anyone have experience with either of these machines?
Posted 14 April 2010 - 06:46 PM
Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:50 PM
have fun, and good luck
Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:24 PM
I am really curious in knowing the ride on the machines. Do the actual tractor units run smoother because they are wider? We run a Case MXM120 and we can cut around 6 mph, i think the header itself could cut it faster but its just too rough in the field to get going any faster then that, even 1-2 mph faster would make a huge difference in acres in a day which some have said a SP could accomplish.
Yeah I agree with you see a lot of lease trade offs with 600-1000 hours and they look like good tractor units but it seems like the headers are usually in pretty rough shape.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 09:10 PM
Posted 17 April 2010 - 04:27 PM
Posted 17 April 2010 - 06:05 PM
Fields here have hundreds of gophers and badger hills in them. On our own land we poison and shoot them all we can and its a struggle to keep up with them. So on about 900 acres its not terrible. But on 5-800 acres of custom work their land is quit a bit rougher. I read about people cutting at 10 mph and I cannot even comprehend that. My head would be through the roof of the cab here haha.
For our land we level the gopher hills in spring with a 25' John Deere cultivator with angle iron shovels that floats on top and it has done a pretty decent job in the 4 years we have been running it.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:52 AM
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