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highcotton2
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Farming Pictures
Jeff Gray at Claas North America sent us a combine to run during our wheat harvest this year. We ran Claas for years on our farm but about 8 years ago we went with Case IH. The machine he sent down was one of their smaller machines but I was really impressed with it. Thought some of you might enjoy some pictures I shot with it.



It was set up for a 40' foot head so it had a long unloading auger.







Trying to beat the rain. Unlike most of you we really need it here in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.



Wish it was all this good. But it looks like it will average in the low 90's.



Here is a look in the grain tank. That Claas really gives a good sample.



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Very nice


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PrettyLights
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Nice pics.

Looks like Jackson County, Alabama?


highcotton2
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Looks like Jackson County, Alabama?


Pretty close, but actually The other side of the mountains in Lincoln County Tennessee.


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sloopy
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Man, I don't know anything about farming but there is just a part of me that wishes to be a farmer in my next life. Nice pics and scenery.

What do you do with all those grains?
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To be fair that's the "nice and picturesque" part of farming that said I enjoyed all the shitty parts that came along with it when I worked with my dad


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What's the story on Claas and Cat? I briefly ran a Cat (Claas) 15 or so years ago it would munch. But most of my time was spent on an 8820 sub 2mph, in downed milo. Lots of low test weight wheat around here this year, I guess due to all the rain.


Kato
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Nice pics! Thanks for sharing. Though I have no idea what the hell im looking at


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highcotton2
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What's the story on Claas and Cat?


Cat wanted to enter the ag market years ago so they teamed up with Claas to provide the machine. They just painted it yellow for the North America market. Claas got the challenger tractor in the deal and painted them the Claas green and white for the European market. They are no longer in partnership. Although Claas does still run some Cat diesels in certain size machines because Of emission laws. The big machine uses Mercedes though.
Over the years Claas has been sold as Ford and Massey Ferguson. They were just repainted.


highcotton2
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What do you do with all those grains?


A lot of it is exported to China and India. Which is crazy because when you eat Chinese you can't even get a piece of bread.


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BigHogGlade
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Awesome pictures, I have always liked the Lexion machines, never have tested one though. All Deere here. Here's a pic of our S690's in beans in 2013.



highcotton2
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We had a neighbor bring his 690 over the other day. It was a couple sizes bigger machine than the Claas but it would only do about 1/2 mph faster. The loss out the back was also really bad. He actually choked it while it was there and took about 45 min to get it going again. If you manage to choke a Case machine you hit the rotor reverse switch and you are back to cutting.
They make a hell of a Cotton Picker though.


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680 is what we run


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BigHogGlade
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The 7760 changed the way we farm beyond belief. One of the biggest leaps in agtech ever.


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Tear It Up
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Man those first two pic look like professional "brochure" pics.

How was grain loss and quality?

The guys I know that run Claas combines in the MS Delta complain about parts prices along with low trade in values. They are stuck with them for now since nobody wants to take them in on trade.



sloopy
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To be fair that's the "nice and picturesque" part of farming that said I enjoyed all the shitty parts that came along with it when I worked with my dad


Don't get me wrong, i have much respect for farmers as
I know it's no walk in the park.


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highcotton2
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The guys I know that run Claas combines in the MS Delta complain about parts prices along with low trade in values. They are stuck with them for now since nobody wants to take them in on trade.


This is the problem with Claas. If you trade every few years you just can't make it pencil out. If I could get a new one every two years it is no doubt what I would run. There is no doubt that it does a superior job to any machine out there. But it is also far more complicated. Our Case machine has 10 grease jerks and one of them is a 600hr service. The Claas has 71.
One thing I really like about it was that it has a hydraulic automatic adjusting clean grain elevator chain and feeder house chain. When your are harvesting seed grains slack chains are hell on seed quality.


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Clames
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Kinda how it looks around here after beans too...


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PrettyLights
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Did the hogs tear you up this spring? Ive hunted out in elkmont they are bad out there.
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GCTigahs
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We had a neighbor bring his 690 over the other day. It was a couple sizes bigger machine than the Claas but it would only do about 1/2 mph faster. The loss out the back was also really bad. He actually choked it while it was there and took about 45 min to get it going again. If you manage to choke a Case machine you hit the rotor reverse switch and you are back to cutting.
They make a hell of a Cotton Picker though.


I have no idea what you just said but I like it. I like it a lot.


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