Testimonials

Before you buy a new piece of equipment, if you are like most of us, you try to talk to a neighbor or friend who already owns one. But what if there is no one that you know who does? That’s why we have created Producer’s Corner, a place where you can read comments from other producers about the impact MacDon machines have made for their operations.

To make them easier to find we have organized their comments by machine type. We invite you to explore these comments or, perhaps, even add your own comments.

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MacDon windrowers can cut 60 bushel per acre canola at up to 7 MPH without any problem.
– Bob Schneyder, Magrath, AB
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We've almost cut our harvest time in half with the FlexDraper
– Bill Aulie

With our previous flex-head we would try to maintain 100% engineload, but we were always down in the 50%, 60%,70% range. Now with the FD70 we’re not only able to attain 100%, we are also cutting 3 to 4 MPH (4.8 to 6.4 km/h) faster, and 4' (1.2 m) wider with each pass.

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On our farm we see lots of different crops and conditions. MacDon windrowers have worked in them all.
– Darren Van Raay
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Our MacDon windrowers have saved us a lot of time. We can lay a field down quickly by cutting alfalfa at up to 14 MPH.
– Shawn & David Bos, Bozeman, MT

With our previous flex-head we would try to maintain 100% engineload, but we were always down in the 50%, 60%,70% range. Now with the FD70 we’re not only able to attain 100%, we are also cutting 3 to 4 MPH (4.8 to 6.4 km/h) faster, and 4’ (1.2 m) wider with each pass.

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My MacDon FlexDraper excels in all crop conditions. Being able to tilt the guard angle back is a huge advantage in tough beans.
– Shane McClintic, Monroe City, MO
Our MacDon FlexDrapers allow us to start cutting an hour earlier and keep cutting an hour later than the neighbours.
– Rocky Brown, La Porte City, IA
We have run over 10,000 acres of crop in just 2 seasons through our MacDon FlexDraper with no issues. The darn thing just works.
– Jim and Tracy Zeorian, Manley, NE
Our M Series swathers have survived swather torture. We rely on each machine to cut through 450 acres of the toughest crop conditions every day.
– Jerry McRae, Dutton, MT
We put over 30,000 acres through our first MacDon FlexDraper and never had a problem with the header.
– Jeff Sparks, Columbia, NC
My MacDon FlexDraper is second to none. The smooth and even feeding of crop in to the combine is truly amazing.
– D.W. Lain, Plano, IA
We run our 40ft FlexDrapers on steep, rough terrain and they still hug the ground for a clean shave.
– Dan Glandorf, Williamsburg, IA
Our 45ft FD Series FlexDraper is so efficient that I can do a 100 acre day in an afternoon.
– Craig Sawyer, Camden, NC
We are so impressed with our MacDon FlexDraper. It has instantly given our combine a 15% boost in capacity.
– Christian Kirchner, La Salle, MB
Our MacDon FlexDraper will pick up the beans an inch from the ground and that’s gaining me 4 bushels an acre.
– Billy Tankard, Bath, NC
The MacDon FlexDraper is the best investment I have made for my farm in the last 20 years.
– Billie Danner, West Liberty, IA
Our M205 makes cutting hay a dream.
– Darrell Grandish, Smoky Lake, AB

Moving up to the M205 was a huge leap forward for our operation. It’s got lots of horsepower, substantial crop clearance, easier servicing and a great ride. Best of all, it cuts hay like a dream at up to 10 MPH (16 km/h), and we’re saving significant time in our other crops as well.

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We can cut over 400 feet (121.9 m) of beans at 6 MPH (9.6 km/h) in one pass!
– Shawn Johnson, Evansville, MN

As a custom harvester, we can now cut at higher speeds and take in an extra 9' (2.7 m) of crop compared to our previous header. Having the FlexDrapers allows us to cut earlier in the day and later at night.

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Our M Series windrower is the most comfortable ride we’ve ever had.
– Bryan Houmes, Veedersburg, IN

MacDon’s new Ultra-Glide™ suspension in its M Series windrowers has really impressed us. I really noticed it when I harvested a field for a neighbour and accidentally did it cutting across his windrows. The ride was so smooth I didn’t notice my mistake and did the whole field that way. My neighbour really got a kick out of that. We also like the windrower’s speed on the highway. We can drive to Park County, which is about 32 miles (51 km) from here, and come back the same day and still have enough time to mow 200 acres (80.9 hectares). In the field we can harvest our hay at about 12 MPH (19 km/h), which lets us cut a lot more, faster. The R85 header is very durable and dependable, and performs very well when the cutting gets tough. In fact, it’s the only way we can compete with western hay that’s wet.  Our MacDon rotary disc windrower let’s us make high quality hay for the dairies.

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Our FD70 brought my blood pressure down.
– Mike Wagner, Sumner, MS

In rice our FD70 has reduced slugging into our combines and choke-ups. That means we can harvest quicker, 20% to 30% more a day - sometimes even a 100% under the right conditions such as when it is lodged. In soybeans it cuts down on dust by 60% or 70% and significantly reduces shatter, especially in weird growing seasons like we had this year. We were cutting soybeans that were popped out, and we were still throwing green beans into the hopper. If we’d had a flex auger header out there trying to do what we were doing we would have left a lot on the ground. The difference may have been two, three – even four – bushels an acre. The FD70 is simply the best header we have ever owned. It’s combination of width, flex, ground sensitivity, even feeding and gentle crop handling; no one else is able to do that - only MacDon. To my mind, having a MacDon header is the first step in getting the most you are going to get out of any crop.

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We’ve cut 6’ (1.8 m) sudan grass at 10 MPH (16 km/h) with our M205 Rotary Disc windrowers.
– Alan Estes, Stuart, NE

In our custom cutting business what we need is speed – down the road and in the field – and that is what the M205 gives us. On the road the M205s DualDirection™ is a huge thing for us as we can travel at 22 mph between fields. When cutting, I can go as fast as I want; I’ve cut sudan grass 6’ high going 10 MPH (16 km/h). I actually slipped the machine into high side transmission to cut because I couldn’t go fast enough in low. MacDon’s R85 head can handle it just as fast as you’re putting it through – the only thing that slows you down is the condition of the ground. Before these machines we used to cover 2000 acres (809.4 hectares) and now we’re up to 6000 acres (2,428.1 hectares). And I don’t see us slowing down right now. The time we’re saving with these machines is helping us get more business.

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Our M205 swather instantly made us more productive.
– Scott Neufeld, Fairview, OK

We used to run two 16’ sickle machines, but when we recently replaced them with MacDon’s M205 we found that not only were we able to keep up, we were actually cutting more in a day. We really like the flexibility this machine gives us. For our canola we can use our MacDon D60 draper head, which has worked like a dream – no more straw bunching issues. For our hay we can choose between MacDon’s R85 rotary or the D60, allowing us to match header to field and crop conditions. We just love having that option.

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MacDon’s D Series draper header is the best thing out there for rice.
– Alfred Brock, Marianna, AR

The wet, heavy cutting conditions we get here in the Mississippi Delta can make harvesting rice a real chore. If you’re harvesting with a normal auger header, the constant clumping and choke-ups can have you stopping many times to clear the header. But that’s not the case with MacDon’s D60 draper. Its smooth, consistent, heads first feeding almost eliminates clumping and other headaches. It’s the only header worth using in rice.

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There’s no way I’d go back to my other header after the FD70.
– Joe Costanza, Ville Platte, LA

It’s just an amazing header. We cut our rice with it. We cut our beans with it. We do everything with it. In rice, there’s no question the FD70 outperforms all other headers. It’s almost eliminated slugging. In beans we really like the way it shaves them; the float and flex are so good. It also makes our combine so much more productive because it feeds evenly and doesn’t slug which allows us to pick up ground speed and get a lot more acres done in a day. For example, using the FD70 we were able to harvest 8,000 acres of rice, beans and wheat in 500 hours with just one combine. For us there is nothing else to use.

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You have to see an FD Series FlexDraper® working to believe it.
– Wally Linneweber, Vincennes, IN

When I first saw a FlexDraper®, my first thought was who’d want that? I remembered the old combines with canvas feed from the 60s and how sand and dirt would get between the canvas and the cylinder. When that happened it wouldn’t turn and you would have to get out and pull the belt to get it going. But MacDon has solved all that; they’ve made so many improvements that you just can’t imagine how much better the FD70s are over an auger. FlexDrapers feed so evenly you don’t get the big wads like you do with an auger. You can get extra time in the morning when it’s really tough cutting conditions and at night when things are tough. When it moistures up you can still cut through it. I can cut at least four more hours a day with it than I can with an auger. In fact the conditions round here were so tough this year that neighbours broke augers on green beans; but we had no problem. If you’re still cutting beans with an auger, you owe it to yourself to try a MacDon FlexDraper®. I have a neighbour who finally bought one after I’ve been telling him that he needed one for three or four years. He couldn’t imagine what the difference was until he got one and saw it with his own eyes. You basically have to see it to believe it.

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My FD Series FlexDrapers paid for themselves in 700 acres.
– Ron Small, Monroe City, IN

When harvesting I never like to stop, but when I used to cut soybeans with an auger head I usually couldn’t start until noon because of the moisture. I would also have to stop when the sun started to go down, about 5:00 or 6:00 in the fall. But now with my FD70s I can usually start cutting by 9:00 in the morning and can run up until midnight or so, extending my harvest day by many hours. Another big advantage of my FlexDrapers are just how much their even feeding improves the productivity of my combines. I don’t just see it in the computer read-out, I can also hear the difference from the cab. Better feeding has let us increase our header width at least 25% and still harvest at about the same speed. We’re also recovering more thanks to the FD70’s gentler handling, about four to five more bushels an acre. In fact, I figure you can pay for the cost of the FD70 head over a regular conventional auger head every 700 acres. For example if you’re saving four bushels an acre, at a conservative $15 a bushel it only takes about 700 acres to reach the extra dollars you need. After that you’re ahead. If you want to buy the best engineered, most productive product that’s on the market today, I would have to recommend MacDon.

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Our combine's capacity is up, and our fuel consumption down with MacDon's FlexDraper
– Rangel Dallazen, Palmeira das Missoes, Brazil

After demoing the FlexDraper we were so impressed we immediately bought one. Compared to other headers on the market it had almost perfect feeding which allowed our combine to thresh much more efficiently. With this header the performance of our combine has increased and we’ve seen our fuel consumption go down.

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MacDon M Series Windrowers have grown our business.
– Donald Love, Mayfield, Mid-Canterbury, New Zealand

In our business productivity is the key word. We wanted to have the latest technology to stay ahead of the field, and that meant MacDon. I was impressed with the ability to interchange auger and draper headers on the same machines. That's important for us because we tend to do a lot of transporting and moving from crop to crop on any given day. I was also very impressed with the fast transport speed of the M Series machines. Being able to run on the highway up to 37 km/h (23 MPH) saves us a lot of time. As far as servicing goes, they've just been fantastic compared to what we were using before. The amount of downtime required to grease them is nothing, and we really love the sliding platform that gives you easy access to the engine and all important service points. Even more impressive is the performance of the D60 drapers up front. We've never seen anything like them. We used to think that harvesting canola at 2.5 ha./hr. (6.18 ac./hr.) with 15 footers (4.6 m) was pretty good and we did our budgets on that. Now, if we're not doing 4 ha/hr (9.88 ac./hr.) then we're not satisfied. Our business has grown a lot because these machines have allowed us to take on more work. The running costs have also been reasonably low thanks to the fact that they are built so well. I tell people if you want to be serious about contract windrowing, then you need to be using MacDons. They're the commercial windrower of choice.

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FlexDrapers are the best flex heads out there. Period.
– Jim Deibert, Colby, KS

The first year the FlexDraper® came out, I bought one. The next year I bought two, and the the third year I bought four. As a custom cutter we decided they still made a lot of sense for us, because we can cut both soybeans and wheat with just one header. We also like their tradability, because there is always someone wanting to buy them. When we do the math and figure out the cost of ownership on a per acre basis, and the FlexDraper® comes out way ahead.

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Only MacDon windrowers are good enough for our farm.
– Rodney Swystun, Krydor, SK

We need to have equipment that we can have confidence in, machines that can keep going and won’t have our operators calling for service or repair during the day. We’ve tried the competition, but only MacDon’s have proven themselves reliable enough for our operation. We no longer even have to keep a service truck in the field, they are that good.

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No matter what crop we put our MacDon rotary in, we're gaining at least twice the capacity.
– Chris Carey, Boulder, MT

Our hay machines get a pretty good test around here; about every kind of cutting you can imagine. This year has been especially tough with the extra rain, and in such conditions our old machines would plug up so bad we would have to wait a couple of days to get going again. But not with our new MacDon R80. Gumming up was just not an issue; we just keep a rolling. The R80 has also made us significantly more productive - no matter what crop we put it in we’re gaining at least twice the capacity. We have some grass hay that gets so tall and thick you can’t imagine anything can cut it, especially if it is lodged a little bit. We're able to cut that at three or four miles an hour whereas before, with our previous machine, we were cutting at one mile an hour. As such, we’ve pretty much gained a week in our harvesting. Normally our harvest takes about 220 hours, but this year we finished up around 150 – some seventy hours less. I don’t know what we’ve done with that extra week, but we certainly didn’t spend it sitting in the swather

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We have much more time for the rest of the farm thanks to our M150s.
– Chris Gross, Riverbend Farms, Waldheim, SK

We’re seeing huge productivity gains with our M150s, both in cutting our wheat, barley and canola as well as our hay crops. In fact, the A40-D header lets us cut pretty much 24 hours a day, even under really tough crop conditions. Because of these machines, we have much more time for other work on the farm.

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We've almost doubled what we can harvest in a day by switching to the FlexDraper®.
– Ignacio Machado Persez, Paysandu, Uruguay

Before we started using MacDon FlexDrapers each of our combines was cutting 185 to 198 acres (75 to 80 hectares) on a good day. But now we’re cutting 334 to 346 acres (135 to 140 hectares) of soybeans on a good day, thanks mostly to their increased capacity. Their improved feeding also allows us to start cutting one hour earlier and go one hour later at night.

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MacDon's D Series feeds better than any other draper I've used.
– Don Boles, Three Hills, AB

I’ve run a 30 ft. (9.1 m) D60 on my 9860 for the last three years and just love it. It feeds a lot better across all crops and conditions than any other draper I’ve used. This is mostly due to its wide feed draper on the CA20 combine adapter, which allows fluffy crops like peas or canola more room to fall, and the CA20’s large feed auger. In peas the D60 has performed flawlessly. The pattern that the reel fingers travel is really gentle on the peas and I think that this minimizes shatter due to any reel engagement. I also like how it doesn’t push the ground, even when you are skimming it. You can cut very close thanks to the D60’s excellent flotation, hydraulic header tilt, automatic header height control and poly wear plates under the cutterbar. MacDon drapers continue to lead the industry thanks to features like these. As far as maintenance goes the D60 performed absolutely trouble free in the three years I have had it. In fact, I went through all of one year and I didn’t work on the knife at all.

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MacDon's D Series is the best draper header we've ever had.
– Darryl Heide, Killarney, MB

Our D60s feed into the combine better than any other draper headers we’ve ever had. They also follow ground contours much better, thanks to the superb flotation of MacDon's CA20 Combine adapter. No question, MacDon makes the best product out there.

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We recovered 400 hectares crop we would have lost without the FD Series.
– Kees Huizinga, Kishehentsy, Ukraine

Last year we had 988 acres (400 hectares) of wheat go down. The FD70's reel action and low cutting ability allowed us to pick up that crop – something we would not have been able to do with another header. And my operators were able to feed it into the combine without having to stop and back-up like you would expect. They could just drive.

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If not for our MacDon FD Series, our oats would have been toast.
– John Burns, Wynyard, SK

In the fall of 2009 we received almost two feet of snow, which downed everything we had left to harvest including 600 acres (242.8 hectares) of oats which were flat to the ground just like peas. The fact that we were able to harvest them was entirely due to our FD Series and their ability to shave the ground in wet, muddy conditions. It was incredible to see - those FD Series were picking up oats that were taller behind the combine than they were in front. In the end we got 115 bushels to the acre and they graded number-two. For us to get marketable grain after conditions like that, well that's simply amazing. We had neighbors shaking their heads wondering how we did it. They would drive by slowly and say they could not believe that we got that crop off.

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MacDon's FlexDraper® is helping us recover at least $60,000 more in beans.
– Greg Bigham, Vergennes, IL

When my brother Roy Allen and I switched to these big John Deere combines you couldn’t get a 40' (12.2 m) or 45' (13.7 m) conventional flex head like you could with the FD Series FlexDrapers. We were looking to maximize the capacity of our combines and only the FD's made that possible. We also heard that there would be less loss at the head with MacDon’s FlexDrapers over conventional flex heads, and that is what we’ve experienced. We don’t have beans hitting the windshield anymore so we know we’re not losing as many beans as with a conventional drum head. In comparison, the FlexDraper® cuts the beans and lays them on the belt and brings them to the middle without thrashing them, and that’s saving us beans. Our thought is if we’re saving one bushel an acre on 6000 acres (2,428 hectares), that’s six thousand bushels at $10 a bushel, so that’s $60,000 a year. Even though we haven’t measured it, I think that it’s likely that we are doing that at least.

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“MacDon's FD70 FlexDraper® has changed my life.
– Bruce Nelson, Clark, SD

I used to just hate flex heads. I absolutely detested them. In this area our beans tend to be short, and the flex auger heads just wouldn’t cut them off properly – just a real raggy job. The reel wouldn’t work right, so we were shelling the beans and having to run slow. I hated to go to the field in the morning, because it was just another day of doing a job that I wasn’t proud of. I always thought that a draper would do a better job, and MacDon has proven me right with the FlexDraper. It does everything I had hoped for and more. Not only is it much easier and less fatiguing to run, we were also 20% wider and able to operate at the same speed, if not more. More important, the cut was significantly better with much less shatter than a flex auger head running at the same speed. For me, it’s truly been a life changing deal, especially because I’m no longer dead tired from sitting on the edge of my seat all day. Now, when I now look back at the end of the day at the large area I’ve covered, and the beans I’ve cut look beautiful, I must say it’s very gratifying.

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My 40 foot (12.2 m) FlexDraper® doesn't just hug the ground, it shaves it.
– Matt Martin, Kingman, IN

We’ve cut about half our beans so far, and our confidence with the MacDon FD Series has gone from sceptical to being very, very pleased. For being 40 feet (12.2 m) wide you’d think you wouldn’t be able to hug the contour of the ground, but it doesn’t just hug the ground, it shaves it. The biggest benefit that I see is the way the head feeds. With the belt delivery system, it’s so consistent; it’s like the crop almost forms a rope in the centre and helps pull itself into the combine. Until a person sees it run, I don’t think you can completely understand how even and smooth it feeds… it’s really amazing. When I first looked at the FlexDraper and I saw the sickle it seemed under-built. I thought, “oh gee I’m going to jerk the head off of this sickle,” especially because that sickle cuts so low you can comb the ground and pick up a little more debris. But, because of the FlexDraper’s hydraulic drive, all you do is stall it out if you hit a fence post, a rock or a piece of metal. There’s less damage, and there doesn’t seem to be any need to repair it. As far as performance, efficiency and ease of maintenance, the FlexDraper has been a good move. Would I do it again? Definitely.

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We're recovering up to $15,000 more in beans with the FlexDraper®.
– Tim McGrady, Hillsboro, IN

There’s just no comparison between the MacDon FlexDraper and a table auger. So far every situation we’ve put it in, it’s handled just fine. We just don’t have problems with bunch feeding anymore as the FlexDraper just feeds like a dream. We’re also able to follow the contours better with this 40 foot (12.2 m) FlexDraper than we did with our 35 foot (10.6 m) flex platform. It cuts beans off closer to the ground and sends them in so evenly and gently that we experience a lot less shatter loss and recover more beans – at least a bushel an acre. With the price of the beans right now, we’re easily looking at recovering $10,000 more in beans, probably realistically closer to $15,000 with this header. After seeing what the FlexDraper can do I don’t know why you would want to cut with an auger platform – it’s just really as simple as that. There’s not too many things I’d do a testimonial on, but this is one thing that I would. I’m sold on it.

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With the FlexDraper® we're gaining up to two bushels of beans an acre.
– Keevin Lemenager, Clayton, IN

We used a MacDon FlexDraper for the first time in the fall of 06 on double crop beans and we were sold on it right away. We were running a 40 foot (12.2 m) platform auger head next to a 36 foot (10.9 m) FlexDraper and we found, when we counted beans, that we were getting 1½ to 2 bushels more with the FlexDraper thanks to less head loss due to shatter. That more than pays for the difference in purchase cost. In the past the limiting factor for speed has always been the header for us, but now with the MacDon FlexDraper our combines are actually the limiting factor. Previously, with our auger we had roping and bunching so it wasn’t feeding uniformly through the combine, but the FlexDraper delivers uniform feeding through the threshing cylinder so we can go faster. The header even helps us harvest more each day – the head will even feed higher moisture material so we can run a half hour before anyone else can with an auger platform and at least a half hour later.

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Even though we are cutting 50% more with each pass, we are traveling at least one MPH faster than we were before.
– Michael Waldner, MacGregor, MB

The FD Series is really an awesome piece of machinery. Crop flow is incredible and they float over everything. In beans we are now able to cut at ground level without digging. As a result we are leaving less beans behind. At the end of the season we totalled up our hours and discovered that we were 80 to 100 less hours with these two machines than we were with the three machines we had before.”

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With MacDon's Rotary Disc Windrower we were able to fly at up to 12 MPH (19 km/h).
– Denver Pugh, Shedd, OR

Last year, we ran six windrowers, but this year we ran only three units - two new MacDon M200s with R80 Rotary Disc headers and one older windrower which we only used to open the fields. When the weather turned hot, our crops ripened faster and our normal three week harvest turned into two. I was worried that we would not be able to do it with just two machines but they kept up just fine, primarily because of their increased speed on the highway and in the field. In the field we were running on average 10 to 10.5 miles an hour (16 to 16.8 km/h), and we did peak out at 12 MPH (19 km/h) every now and again. As such, we were able to average 250 acres (101 hectares) a day and the only limiting factor was the ripeness of the crop. We were also able to save time on maintenance. Because the R80 is hydraulically driven, doesn’t have knives or guards, and we only had three instead of six units to service, we were able to get out there cutting sooner than normal and add two hours cutting a day.

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The R80 will beat any other rotary disc on the market.
– Charlie Lutmer, Lebanon, OH

There are many things that we like about the R80; in fact we haven't found anything wrong with it yet. The frame is built extremely well. It travels down the road well, opens fields well and has given us a huge productivity boost. Even though it's one foot wider than our old 12 foot (3.7 m) machine, we're still able to cut faster. In fact, it will cut whatever you put in front of it and we can put down so much hay that we can keep one large square baler and two small square ballers running all day. It's only limiting factor is the size of the tractor in front of it. The R80 also traverses the ground much better than our previous machine, which would dig into the mud in wet or damp conditions. In contrast, we can mow in difficult conditions and the R80 just floats across. That means we can get into field much earlier to cut. We also like the R80's APT hitch, which distributes the load across the full width of the tractor, unlike competitors hitches which place the entire load on the gear box when in a turn. That hitch allows us to make smoother, tighter turns, and open up fields with one less pass than before. But what really sold us on the R80 was its conditioning rolls. MacDon's intermeshing bar design does not bruise the leaf when you adjust the rolls to crush because they leave room at the top for the plant to go. As a result you do not get the crop residue build up like with other designs that completely crush the plant. The result has been a pretty significant difference in dry down for us, and in alfalfa we're actually baling four to five hours sooner than we were before.

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We're dramatically more efficient with MacDon's Double Windrow Attachment.
– Dan Lamb, Bakersfield, CA

The double windrow attachment has been great on our 16' (4.9 m) MacDon R80 rotary disc machines. With them we can now lay 32 feet (9.8 m) of conditioned crop in a single windrow. Instead of needing three swathers on a crew, as we did in the past, we can now put two machines on a crew and still stay ahead of two - sometimes three - choppers. As such, we've been able to dramatically increase the number of acres we are able to cut. That increased capacity has allowed our custom cutting business to pick up more work.

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MacDon's R80 was the first rotary machine good enough for our operation.
– David Sharp, Roll, AZ

Here in the desert southwest, we put up alfalfa pretty much all year long. We’ve tested a lot of rotary disc machines for other manufacturers, but we were never satisfied with the end results. We felt there was a lot of leaf bruising and stripping. Also, the cut was too ragged and that meant that residue was left for the next cutting, further hurting crop quality. But with the R80 Rotary Disc, MacDon has answered those issues. The cutting is even, the conditioning much better and the windrows a lot more uniform. That uniformity is important when it comes to drying, raking and baling, and we are finally getting the crop quality we need and our customers demand. Better still, the R80 mounted on our MacDon M200 Windrower has made us significantly more productive. Because we’re cutting up to 12 MPH (19 km/h) in the field, and traveling up to 23 MPH (37 km/h) between fields, our harvesting is much faster. That’s allowed us to go from two swathers to one, reduced our labor costs and has had a dramatic impact on our bottom line.

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MacDon's Rotary Disc Windrower goes through molehills like they're not there.
– Lorne Carr, Innisfail, AB

My M150 R80 Rotary Disc Windrower is so much better than the auger we were using before. Before when we tried to cut wet Timothy hay with molehills, we would stop and get out to unplug sometimes every 10 minutes. But with the M150 R80 you don’t even know that the hills are there. They might pull the engine down 100 RPMs but you wouldn’t even notice that if you weren’t watching. Our down time in the field is now basically none. Another improvement is in our field speed. With the old auger in that crop we would be lucky to be doing 3.5 MPH (5.6 km/h), but with the R80 we are able to average 6 to 7 MPH (10-12 km/h). I’ve even had it as high as 10 MPH (16 km/h), and it still cut perfectly and laid just as good a swath, but I just don’t like going that fast. I really like the swath it lays, especially if you lay it out wide, then it lays just an absolutely beautiful, even, perfect windrow.

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We are gaining 30% in overall productivity and we probably picked ourselves up a couple days a month.
– Brad Schnoor, Chowchilla, CA

These new M150 windrowers are just fantastic! My guys say these are the best machines that that they have ever operated. We are gaining 30% in overall productivity and we probably picked ourselves up a couple days a month since we got them. In alfalfa, under good conditions, we’re moving up to 5 MPH (8 km/h), whereas before we were cutting at 2.5 MPH (4 km/h) on average. We are cutting cleaner and not stripping the hay. In oats we are cutting at 3 MPH (4.8 km/h) in five to six ton crops where compared to 2 MPH (3.2 km/h) before. We can also quickly jump from oats to sudan to alfalfa. That’s one thing that we couldn’t do with our other machines, which took about an hour to change the reels and make adjustments when moving to another crop. They also save fuel. We can turn those engines down and we can run them at 80%. We are saving 18% on fuel costs alone. I’m extremely happy with them.

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Our neighbors can't believe that we can run 40 foot (12.2 m) headers in our hills.
– Henry Rumpf, Battleford, SK

We used to run four swathers – two 25 foot (7.6 m) and two 30 foot (9.1 m) – and now we are doing the same amount of acres with these two 40 foot (12.2 m) headers and doing it faster. We’ve never had anything like them… lots of power. We were really impressed with how quiet and comfortable they were to run. Our neighbours can’t believe that we can run 40 feet (12.2 m) in our hills, and do the job that we are. In a heavy 50 bushel wheat crop, and challenging downed canola crop, we ran them the whole season, cutting 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) without stopping for anything. For new tractor units and headers to run all of them acres and with nothing going wrong, well that’s pretty good. Some guys around here had all kinds of problems with their swathers last fall; they couldn’t get it cut or get the canvasses to drive properly. The competetive ones were giving lots of problems. There was even one guy who had to get it custom cut because he couldn’t get it done. Well, now he’s got two MacDon D60’s himself.”

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We're up to 40% more productive with MacDon's new Draper Windrower.
– Murray Taks, Crossfield, AB

I’m very impressed with our M Series windrowers. We went from three 20’ (6.1 m) swathers to two 25’ (7.6 m) D60s, and we were 10% to 20% more productive with those two D60s than we were with the three. I didn’t think MacDon could improve on their 972 draper, but they have. The D60s are so much more productive – they’ve got such a big hole and nice clearance on the tractor that you can put them down and go. In canola they performed extremely well. Our field speeds, where our canola wasn’t down, were up as high as eight or nine miles an hour and we experienced similar speeds in our standing wheat. We were told the D60s could be 40% more productive than MacDon’s 972s, which I didn’t really believe was possible, but now I’ve seen it.

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Work comes looking for you when you own MacDon swathers.
– Mike Reimer, Eston, SK

MacDon swathers have had a huge impact on our custom cutting business. We’re now able to cut at least 2 MPH (3.2 km/h) faster, and that means more acres every day. The wider crop clearance on our draper headers helps lay a better swath in canola and hay, and our customers just love that. In fact, because of my MacDons I no longer have to advertise – they now come looking for me.

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With our M205 we cut it all in half the time.
– Gilles & Robert Brisson, Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB

We cut wheat, canola, flax, clover and hay. Having a single windrower that can mount both draper and rotary disc headers is a big bonus for our operation. Even better, the significantly increased road and cutting speed of the M205 has reduced our travel time between the field and home.

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MacDon has a reputation for being the best. Now we understand why.
– Yan Yongbo, Heilongjiang Province, China

Conditions here can get very humid, and that can make our crops tough to cut. The D60’s PR15 pickup reel design and double knife drive help us recover crop we would not likely get with our old machine. We are also able to cut up to 11 MPH (17 km/h), while we would struggle before at 7 MPH (12 km/h) with our old machine.

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Our MacDon machines are bulletproof.
– Jeff Hoiness, Allan, SK

MacDon swathers and combine drapers are the best machines for our operation, period. Not only do they make us hugely more productive, they let us keep cutting hour after hour without interruption. We just turn the key and go. They’re bulletproof and fun to run. Long days cutting aren’t so long when we’re running MacDon.

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MacDon swathers are the best machines for our business.
– Cliff Potter, Hardisty, AB

As custom cutters, we need dependable machines that can stand up to tough cutting conditions without breaking down, and MacDon’s M Series windrowers give us exactly that. No matter how severe the weather and crop conditions, they just keep cutting. In fact it was 2,000 acres (809.4 hectares) last year before we even broke our first section.

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Harvest is just down-right fun with the M Series Windrower.
– Jeff Armitage, Kinsella, AB

This has to be – hands down – the best windrower on the market. From the bigger swath opening on the header, which allows us to cut faster in heavier crop volumes, to the comfort and convenience found in the cab, everything has been well thought out. Not only are we more productive with this machine, harvesting has become just down-right fun!

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We put our MacDon M150 in fields we dare not put our other swather.
– John Burns, Wynyard, SK

It was so wet last year that with virtually every operation, whether it was seeding, combining, spraying or swathing, we had to have a tow tractor sitting within a mile to get ourselves out of trouble if we got stuck. As bad as those conditions were, we only had to pull our MacDon M150 swathers out twice, and that was in a field that was a third water, if not bog. In contrast, our other (non-MacDon) swather got stuck at least 10 times more. It got to the point that we wouldn't even try to put it into some fields, and would leave those fields to our M150s. I think that the difference was the size of the M150 tires, plus their power to ground ratio which gave them the ability to just hang in there and pull themselves through when conditions got bad. We were also very pleased with the cutting performance of the MacDon's 40 foot (12.2 m) D60s. In canola and wheat we were able to cut between 25% and 50% more than we were able to do with our other machine. This was partly due to them having slightly bigger headers, but mostly because they have much bigger openings at the back that can accommodate more material.

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Our MacDon swathers make good business sense – they save us fuel, maintenance and time.
– David Masse, Starbuck, MB

Trading off our three older swathers with two new MacDon M Series swathers was one of the best things we’ve ever done. They’re the best piece of machinery on our farm; I’ve never seen anything cut canola like that before. We’re saving on equipment, we‘re saving on fuel and we’re saving on maintenance. We’re also saving time. We do a lot of roading with our swathers and the 23 MPH (37 km/h) road speed on those swathers is absolutely vital to our farming operation now because it gives us the ability to get out to a field and cut it quickly, then pack up and go again. We’ve done the math. MacDon swathers may cost a bit more, but we make back that premium many times over in increased productivity. For us, they’re not just good swathers, they make good business sense.

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The MacDon M Series Windrower is the biggest jump in machinery technology that I've ever seen.
– Lorne Carr, Innisfail, AB

This year we had the heaviest crop we have ever grown. A lot of our barley was lodged and a lot of our canola was down, lodged and stooped. In these conditions our M150 windrower with a MacDon 30-foot D60 draper header performed far superior to our old windrower with a 21-foot (6.4 m) header. With our old windrower, it would have been nothing but solid mounds in a crop like that and we would have had to stop quite often to get things unplugged. But with this new D60 we had no trouble at all getting that heavy crop through the opening. We also really liked features like the return to cut and the hydraulic header tilt. We would set our height at say six-inches and then, when we hit the downed stuff, we would just tilt the table to shave the ground - we never had to adjust the height. When back in standing crop we would just tilt the header back up and the monitor's readout would tell us exactly where we were at. We also noticed an improvement picking up the swath with the combine. You would think that going from 21 feet to 30 feet (6.4 to 9.1 m) that you would have to slow the combine down to pick up the bigger swath, but we didn't have to. I think that was because the swath was smoother and more even. You definitely get more productivity from your combine. Speed wise it is difficult to compare to our older header because we had such a heavy crop, but moving up to a 30-foot (9.1 m) draper definitely helped us get the job done quicker. Before, a 150 acre (61 hectare) field would take us nearly two days to cut, but after eight to ten hours with this new one we were done and going home.

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There are many reasons to love our M200 swathers.
– Dan Lamb, Bakersfield, CA

Our crews just love our new M200 swathers. The cabs are much more roomy, the seating is noticeably more comfortable and even the air-conditioning is better than before; overall, it's just a much more comfortable work environment for the operator. The M200 is also much, much easier to service than our previous swathers. We really like the way the steps and maintenance platform can be moved away to allow easy access to the hydraulics, or back into position so you can get up there to service the motor. The air filter is also very easy to access. Another big plus of the machine is the Dual Direction® feature. You can turn the seat around and go down the road at 23 miles an hour (37 km/h) rather than 15 miles an hour (24 km/h) with the old machines. Our furthest fields can be 15 to 20 miles (24 to 32 km/h), so going faster on the road saves significant time.

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OUR M205 SWATHER INSTANTLY MADE US MORE PRODUCTIVE.
– Scott Neufeld, Sumner, MS
MacDon’s new Ultra-Glide™ suspension in its M Series windrowers has really impressed us. I really noticed it when I harvested a field for a neighbour and accidentally did it cutting across his windrows. The ride was so smooth I didn’t notice my mistake and did the whole field that way. My neighbour really got a kick out of that. We also like the windrower’s speed on the highway. We can drive to Park County, which is about 32 miles (51 km) from here, and come back the same day and still have enough time to mow 200 acres (80.9 hectares). In the field we can harvest our hay at about 12 MPH (19 km/h), which lets us cut a lot more, faster. The R85 header is very durable and dependable, and performs very well when the cutting gets tough. In fact, it’s the only way we can compete with western hay that’s wet. Our MacDon rotary disc windrower let’s us make high quality hay for the dairies.
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OUR FD70 BROUGHT MY BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN.
– Mike Wagner, Sumner, MS
MacDon’s new Ultra-Glide™ suspension in its M Series windrowers has really impressed us. I really noticed it when I harvested a field for a neighbour and accidentally did it cutting across his windrows. The ride was so smooth I didn’t notice my mistake and did the whole field that way. My neighbour really got a kick out of that. We also like the windrower’s speed on the highway. We can drive to Park County, which is about 32 miles (51 km) from here, and come back the same day and still have enough time to mow 200 acres (80.9 hectares). In the field we can harvest our hay at about 12 MPH (19 km/h), which lets us cut a lot more, faster. The R85 header is very durable and dependable, and performs very well when the cutting gets tough. In fact, it’s the only way we can compete with western hay that’s wet. Our MacDon rotary disc windrower let’s us make high quality hay for the dairies.
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OUR M SERIES WINDROWER IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE RIDE WE’VE EVER HAD.
– Bryan Houmes, Veedersburg, IN

MacDon’s new Ultra-Glide™ suspension in its M Series windrowers has really impressed us. I really noticed it when I harvested a field for a neighbour and accidentally did it cutting across his windrows. The ride was so smooth I didn’t notice my mistake and did the whole field that way. My neighbour really got a kick out of that. We also like the windrower’s speed on the highway. We can drive to Park County, which is about 32 miles (51 km) from here, and come back the same day and still have enough time to mow 200 acres (80.9 hectares). In the field we can harvest our hay at about 12 MPH (19 km/h), which lets us cut a lot more, faster. The R85 header is very durable and dependable, and performs very well when the cutting gets tough. In fact, it’s the only way we can compete with western hay that’s wet. Our MacDon rotary disc windrower let’s us make high quality hay for the dairies.

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