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I hope this is the right place to post this, apologies if not.  I have provisionally called my contracting firm the very imaginative 'JM Contracting', no photos as yet as I am still assembling stuff for the fleet, but I wanted to ask for a bit of advice/ideas where to go with the firm.  I will mainly be doing combining and silaging, though hopefully potatoes as well; so far, my fleet consists of:

3 combines - 1x Claas Lexion 600, 2x Claas Tucano 450

2 SP Foragers - 1x Claas Jaguar 960, 1x Jaguar 880

Tractors - 3x Fendt 818, 2x Fendt 936, 1x Case 535 Quad, 3x Schluter 1250VL (the last three being semi-preserved 'playthings' of the boss, mainly used on Irrigators, not front line stuff :))

Tillage equipment - Amazone Centaur harrow, Lemken Gigant harrow, Simba discs, Lemken 5 furrow plough, Horsch drill,

Spreading - Triathlong poo flinger, Samson slurry injector

Spearhead hedge trimmer

And thats about it off the top of my head; there are a few old bits and bobs which wouldn't be part of the main fleet, such as the DB990, WJ Cooper harrow, and Howard spreader, though thought these could make good relics for the yard, as could a Claas Matador combine.  I could do with some ideas about what else to get - I know I need trailers desperately and baling equipment, but do I need to ditch one of the harrows?  Or more than one? 

I would like to add at least a Fendt 718 and 415 to what I've got, and I have the limited Fiat 1580DT, but should that remain in its box?  Have this idea of it and the 180-90 being kept as the main hedge cutting tractors you see...

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Will take some when I've got a bit more space; I should apologise, I forgot to ask one of my main questions - I am thinking of adding one extra combine, but not sure which - Ideally it would be a Lexion 580, but there's nothing to say it has to be another Claas, and I haven't been able to get hold of a 580 at any rate; what do you reckon out of:

NH CX 880

NH CR 980

CIH AFX 8010

OR do you think a better idea would be to occasionally hire one in as and when needed, then any old thing could turn up!

Could also do with some advice re implements - what else do I need, and how many tractors would be realistic (ish!)

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That's a good little fleet mate, like to see some pics.

So what are the questions to answer???

i can see one Jez ;)

And thats about it off the top of my head; there are a few old bits and bobs which wouldn't be part of the main fleet, such as the DB990, WJ Cooper harrow, and Howard spreader, though thought these could make good relics for the yard, as could a Claas Matador combine.  I could do with some ideas about what else to get - I know I need trailers desperately and baling equipment, but do I need to ditch one of the harrows?  Or more than one? 

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I know ben but i thought there may be some more, carefull or i will deliver the handle personally.

I would go for an S690i JD com,bine mate.............. leave it with you.

ok, i'll be good!!!

seems you have enough Claas models, try another brand/colour to mix it up a little. I dont think many rate the Lexion 580 model, i'd go for a JD :-\ :-\

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nice list, you could do with a subsoiler and a couple of powerharrows and some rollers, also a sprayer and fert spreader and a couple of teleporters or one and a tractor with a front loader ;)

for all those combines i guess you will need  at least 4 trailers :-\ depends on travelling distance to the corn shed

how much land are you planning on farming??

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nice list, you could do with a subsoiler and a couple of powerharrows and some rollers, also a sprayer and fert spreader and a couple of teleporters or one and a tractor with a front loader ;)

for all those combines i guess you will need  at least 4 trailers :-\ depends on travelling distance to the corn shed

how much land are you planning on farming??

How about the new britains [glow=green,2,300]5430i JD self propelled sprayer [/glow] and the  Amazone UK trailed spreader?

Sorry, i am deere biased  :D :D

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Just got that spreader Joe and it's a beauty mate.  :) The Hardi Alpha is a nice self propelled and the Commander a nice trailed sprayer. Looks like UH is coming on strong in the near future though with a trailer Amazone sprayer too. .

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Thanks for all the replies, sorry Its taken so long to respond, but the power was off for about 12 hours yesterday, finally came back about 3am this morning!

I've got an S690i - and a 9880i - and a 9880; so no problems there, except with the tank lids on the models themselves - I'm going to have a go at making them open and close otherwise you can't get the things in the sheds!  I should have said - I've got an MF 7278 somewhere as well, and a couple of Laverdas!

I'd seen the AMazone spreader in a shop in town, and it is a great model, so will get that at some point; had also decided on the Prosol harrow, as for the sprayer, I thought about the Hardi Self propelled, but then I saw a photo of the UH Amazone...I'm not so clued up on wha there is sub soiler/roller wise these days though.  And I do need a teleporter of some description I suppose, only have a New Holland LW190 for now (something else I'd forgotten about!)

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After the New Holland overdose yesterday ;) (see 'recent travels' in farm talk) in going to use a couple of CX's to support the Claas combines; I want to do some detailing on them though, wires and hoses - any ideas what i can use for hosing?

The Ploeger pea viner is now also sitting in the temporary yard - which needs extending, its a big beastie!

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What I thought also was having the Quadtrac and perhaps also the Steiger 9150 to do the main heavy cultivation work (though I don't think 9150's came over here) and as the boss has a penchant for American 4wds perhaps that could be excuse for things like the Allis 7580 to appear in the yard.  What do you reckon? ;)

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