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Hesston 1160 Haybine

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:27 am    Post subject: Hesston 1160 Haybine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Opinions on a Hesston hydra swing 12' haybine.

Have two 9' NH machines...479 and 488.

Have more HP than needed for these machines but less than I would like to operate a discbine of any width (mild hillsides).

I have thought that if a center pivot, wider machine in good shape came for sale locally, that would be the right move to speed up the cutting
process. I know a discbine would really do it but just can't justify the expense of new and the used market is always pretty beat.

HAve a MF 265 (60+ hp), MF 1080 (80 hp) and a Landini 105 (100 hp). I assume the smaller Massey is a little light for this, but could operate
in a pinch, the 1080 would be fine, as would the Landini.

I like have two or three tractors that could operate any of our hay equip if necessary, so I size accordingly.

So, on the 1160

Can I handle?
Which roll situation is best for these? All steel or rubber and steel (have to talk to seller to see what this has)
Are parts available on these? I know with my NHs I can get anything through local dealer and/or messicks.
Any major items to look for?
My fields are pretty wide-open for my area of NY (stone wall fences removed in the 70''s), is the hydras wing the way to go for this type of
setup? Does a center-pivot haybine cut on either side of the operator?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:48 am    Post subject: Re: Hesston 1160 Haybine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You will like the center pivot, it will speed up your cutting. The 1160 was a product improved version of the 1014 which was the first center pivot, copied by New Holland and JD. If you have a good New Holland dealer that you like then look for a 499. As to the rolls, I would go with steel/steel, but it depends on what your cutting. I'v found the rubber a littler harder on the leaves in alfalfa.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:04 am    Post subject: Re: Hesston 1160 Haybine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I run NH and Hesston. The Hesston is the superior machine IMO. Built heavier and better, much better cutter bar drive than the NH, just generally a more rugged machine. The steel on rubber Hesston rolls never seem to have the wear issues the NH does. The Hesston also lifts higher and more completely than the NH, which is an issue if you hve open ditches, ledge outcroppings, etc. aWhile NH makes good equipment and good haybines, I wouldn't be at all afraid of the Hesston.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:02 am    Post subject: Re: Hesston 1160 Haybine Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a 1010 hyrdaswing. That one was a 9 foot with full width rolls. Pretty good machine. If the 1160 is a take off on the 1120 side pull,it'd be a great machine.
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