Competitive comparison: John Deere 600FD vs. MacDon® FD70
Matching the right platform to the right combine is very important. Today’s
combines are only as productive as the platform to which they are attached. The
new 600FD HydraFlex™ Drapers provide productivity enhancing features over not
only traditional auger platforms, but competitive flex draper platform as
Outlined below is an overview of the key functional areas
applicable to any flex draper. This bulletin will highlight within each
functional area, the benefits of the John Deere 600FD vs. MacDon FD70.
- Cutting performance
- Ground following
- Draper belt protection
|A dual, timed knife-drive cutting system provides
unmatched performance and reliability on all 600FD HydraFlex™ Draper models. The
4-in. cutting system is shaft driven from the feederhouse to the dual epicyclic
knife drive gearcases providing uninterrupted cutting in all crop conditions.
The timing generates minimal cutterbar vibration while splitting the cutterbar
load, thus improving overall cutting system reliability.
The MacDon FD70
Flexible Draper utilizes either a single or an optional dual knife drive on the
35-ft. and 40-ft. models. A dual knife drive is standard on the 45-ft. model.
The MacDon cutting system is hydraulically driven and cannot be timed due to the
hydraulic drive system of the two independent pumps and drive