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I need to replace my NH 1431 and am looking at a gehl 2412 or a kuhn 4000RG. I know almost nothing about either. I am hoping I can get some insight on these discbines.

I have read the Kuhn has the diamond rollers that are specifically design for a discbine. Since hay can come in at any angle on a discbine, having the diamonds makes sure the hay is always crimped. At least that is what the marketing folks say. I have also heard their may be issues with a gear box but there was a kuhn service recall to fix it, but I do not know if this is true.

I know nothing about the Gehl 2412.

I only have around 40 acres of hay a year (4 crops) so I can not justify buying a newer more expensive brand.

I am hoping someone can give me some insights into what is right, what is wrong with regard to these. Is there something I should look for? Should I stay away from one or both of them. For example, how does the cutter bar and the rollers hold up? How is dry time compared to other units? Are there any common gearbox issues? How about parts availability (Gehl)? Any suggestions on where to look for excessive were.?
 

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Not the gehl. Tons of them for sale around here broken with no parts available.
 

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Thanks for the advice Slowzuski. I am very concerned about that. I was told parts are still available but I was suspicious given Gehl is no longer in the farm implement business and has not been for awhile.
 

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I am sure if the conditioner rolls break, it is not worth fixing. The rolls went bad on my 1431 and it was over $5k to fix. Around here the Gehls go for less than that. I have no idea about the gear box.
 

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If your NH is good otherwise you might be better off to spend the money putting new rollers in it and keep running a machine you know (with readily available parts). All depends on your budget. But assuming it’s at or near the $5k repair estimate I doubt you’ll find a highly reliable replacement discbine in that size for less money. If your NH is worn out in general then that’s a different story.
 

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Trotwood2955, Thought about it but the machine is too damaged. The mounts that hold the cutter bar broke dropping the cutter bar. The knuckle on drive shaft that drives the cutter bar broke and tore off a turtle and sent it through the rollers peeling off rubber from already cracked and separating rollers. NH dealer says $10k to get it all fixed. Given the current state of the dairy industry around here, good discbines have been going for considerably less.
 

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Trotwood2955, Thought about it but the machine is too damaged. The mounts that hold the cutter bar broke dropping the cutter bar. The knuckle on drive shaft that drives the cutter bar broke and tore off a turtle and sent it through the rollers peeling off rubber from already cracked and separating rollers. NH dealer says $10k to get it all fixed. Given the current state of the dairy industry around here, good discbines have been going for considerably less.
Dealer price to fix is probably double realistic price to fix.
 

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Maybe keep your existing 1431 for parts and buy another of the same since you already got it figured out? We run a lot of older iron but like to have a "twin" for it as a backup and ease of carrying parts.

P.S. I farm with my twin brother so that may have something to do with that. ????
 
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