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MartinM 493499 308 Is ploughing fun? either
Is ploughing fun?
This is the promised thread about the JD 7930. I had the opportunity to work with one of John Deere's latest tractors for one day and find out how I like it. Anyway here are the pics.
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Any ideas what we might be pulling today?

Hint: It's blue ;-)
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The 6-furrow Lemken plough. :-D
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Different field, this is one end of it and....
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.... this is the other one. And there's only 300 m between the two places. The soils in this part of Germany are varying very much, even at a small scale. Maybe we should have told the glaciers back then to mix them better :-D
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Looking over the finished job. Not quite all you can see, but still very nice field.
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Sunset, my favourite time of the day.
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Lunchtime. Waiting for someone else to show up...
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Nice pics.The first one looks like to crush us from under looking :-)
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But where is he? Judging from the way the land is worked, he should be here somewhere....
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Nice straight line, must be him, but where....

I'm starting to get hungry and suddenly disliking big fields
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Wait! There's dust! Maybe I don't have to starve;-)
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Down the hill he goes...

But still far away.
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Getting closer and climbing up the last hill. HURRY!
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Finally made it to the end. Actually I wasn't hungry at all, because I was just so impressed by the Case that I almost forgot about my lunch.

Look how well the soil works. We hit just the right moisture and then this tool is amazing. Now powerharrow but it still does a great job, and goes faster also.
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From the side. Not a lot under there, but when you put the crossboard in the ground it stops ANY tractor in front of it. The rollers are taken from Amazone. It works even heavy land with a very good result. The very firm surface is ideal for the Vaderstad drill to follow.

To answer my original question, Yes I did enjoy my time ploughing this year. It all went very well and if that's the case ploughing is one of the nicest jobs during the summer.

Feel free to ask/comment, Martin
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neat pictures Martin !
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Nice Pictures MartinM..;-)
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nice pics Martin
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nice pics and nice tractors martinM .good working
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Martin, what kind of soil is that of the 5th photo? it looks heavy, clay perhaps?
What do you think of the 7930 tractor?
regards,
Victor
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Nice photos MartinM!

That Krone sticker sure looks out of place.

What did you seed in this field? I guess winter wheat.

Any photos of the tractor and seeder that had to follow the Case IH?


Tony
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Thanks all for the kind comments.

Victor, yes is it clay. That is the odd thing about this region. You have heavy clay in one spot and sometimes you come to light, sandy soil only 50 m away. Sure makes it tough to keep a straight furrow.
The 7930 IMHO is not as great a tractor as they advertise it. Mind you, mine only had the powerquad (?) transmission so it was kind of handicapped. With the IVT I might have liked it better. It's very short and the cab is not as big as the Magnum's (Yeah I know, Schizo ;-) ) Because of the power quad it didn't have the command arm, which I really missed. Other than that, great tractor. One of the little big ones. :-) Lots of power in a smaller tractor, which makes it a nice tractor for spraying and haying. Not so much of a big puller like the Magnum. On the road, kind of bumpy, even with the suspension.

Tony: Good eye there to catch that Krone sticker. Not actually out of place at all. The family Krone does make all the haying equipment but someone from that family is also one of the bigger Deere dealers in Germany. Plus they make semi trailers. The tractor must have come from that dealer originally. But we picked it up at our local dealer.
The drill was pulled by a Magnum just like the one shown. I will put up antother thread. Oh, and the field was seeded with winter barley. The only crop this farm used a plough to prepare seedbeds for. That is done to get a soft seedbed with lots of air in it and also to get rid of all the wheat volunteers. The timeframe here is small, so sometimes you can't wait for the volunteers to come up and spray them. Also in a dry year the wheat might not all come up before seeding the barley.
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MartinM I am not sure why you say that the power quad transmission handicapped you?? I have driven a 7720 with a power quad transmission and I couldn’t find any default on this tractor.

On the cab size the cab on the 7030 series is big enough in my opinion. Sometimes a bigger cab doesn't improve the driver’s visibility. I believe that you are right that on a Magnum the cab is a little bite bigger and I believe it’s wider than the one of the 7030 series. That sure doesn’t improve visibility.

I also think that you should compare most of the Magnums to the 8030 series from John Deere. (this is according to Case IH, they actually mentioned that all of the Magnums) You should compare a John Deere 7030 series to the Puma series from Case IH.

Tony
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A very well put together thread Martin, well done :-)
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