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RonyvdBerg 349975 1 New Pivot either
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We just bought a new Valley Center Pivot, which replaces the "annoying" wheelmoves:-D
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First tower in the field, last pic, more will follow, with snow;-)
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What size is the new pivot Rony? It looks like a beauty :-)
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It is a brand-new pivot? How much is it?
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No it's not brand new, 10 years old, close to new.
It's a 7 tower Valley Pivot, 1250 ft.
We have to shorten it up to 1210 ft. though.
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Cheers for the info Rony :-)

I would have thought it would be cheaper & much better value to buy a new one (especially as a second hand one would have had a fair bit of work & wear and tear over a 10 year period). Plus a new one would have a warranty / backup service where a used one wouldnt.

Water quality would be another factor; if the water had been hard water or bore water there could be soundness issues with piping & the fittings.

Interesting that you went the second hand route, as opposed to new.

Over here, the bigger the pivot, the cheaper it is on a per acre / hectare basis.
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10 years is NOT OLD AT ALL for a pivot, why buy a new one, this one will do the same job. It's a galvanized pivot also. It has not have any work done since they bought it. It would never be cheaper to buy a new one, they are expensive!!! And what would you do with warranty, a pivot will (almost) never have problems, only the gearboxes can break, and you won't get new gearboxes from the warranty anyway.

And of course the bigger the pivot, the cheaper per acre. But we even have to shorten this one to fit on our field(130 acre) we will get 115 acres under the pivot.

Take care
Rony
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Cheers Rony :-)
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No problem Cowboy;-)
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Rony, very nice pivot!! great pictures!! how many hectares per hour can you irrigate with that pivot?
het gaat je goed mijn vriend
Victor
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Hey Victor,

Hows'y Goin'

Depends on what percentage you set the pivot at, 100% is around 1/2inch in 12 hours. 1inch is around 60%, will do a circle in 20 hours.

Take care,
Rony
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Pivots never break down :-\ And this is not the only one i've seen. But I don't think warranty would have made any difference in this case.... BTW it's very hard to justify a new pivot on beans and wheat (you're not putting nearly as much water on as on potatoes). This is a nice low pressure pivot good for an other 20 years.
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I guess here in Tasmania pivots are a relatively new concept, having only really been in wide spread use since 1997/98. I have seen some of the ones installed back then & they look pretty rough, so dont know how many more years use they have in them.
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Of course pivots will break down with some stupid moves of the tractordriver, or with a hurricane, or when its just to old and rusty. This one is galvanized, this will last for another couple dozen years.

But the main reason why people buy brand new pivots is because their others are to old, or high pressure and wanna switch over to low pressure.
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TasCowboy, you'll find pivots of 40-50 years old, and still working.
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Ok, thats interesting Rony. I shall have to tell my farmer friends, to put their minds at risk :-)

Cheers,

Craig (The Cowboy).
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How much does a brand new pivot cost in your area than TasCowboy, just standard, without all the fancy stuff.

It's about 50-70 grand over here, about 40-60thousend US$
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how many acres is an 60.000$ pivot ???
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From what I have been told Rony, it works out at about $1000 AUST per acre, with it being cheaper for larger machines & dearer for smaller machines (EG; While it might cost $60-70000 AUS for a 50 ac pivot, one of 150 acres might be 110-120000 AUS $).
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Mark: usually it's a circle of about 150 acres.

Tas: That's expensive! They're a lot cheaper out here.
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Yes Rony, it is! One Aus $ = 70- 75 US cents.

A few years ago a guy I know went over to the USA & brought a couple of second hand Valleys back home to Tassie; not sure of the cost but he said at the time that is was cheaper than buying them here :-)
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Totally right, that's what i'd do when i'd live in Australia. Cuz you can't barely get pivots older than 1997. There probably isn't a big market for used pivots either ey? Hard to find one i guess.
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For sure :-) The only ones I have ever heard of being sold here have been when a property has been sold & maybe a change of enterprise (such as forestry). Apart from that, all of the other pivots are hard at work, especially in a dry season like this :-)
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Ya i bet ey, what brands do they sell out there, Valley, Zimmatic, Reinke?
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130 acre! wow... that is a big field! I wish my fields were that big;-) my biggest field is only 12 acres:-[
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