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Combines can cause havoc when ground conditions deteriorate

Combines can cause havoc when ground conditions deteriorate

Tracks are extremely effective but typically cost from €40,000 upwards

Tracks are extremely effective but typically cost from €40,000 upwards

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Combines can cause havoc when ground conditions deteriorate

After a great start to the harvest some mixed weather in the last few weeks has seen conditions grow more difficult in wetter parts of the country.

This throws up the problem of ground damage, and combines - being such weighty machines - can cause havoc when conditions deteriorate.

Is it worth doing anything about it? As can be seen from Table 1, your options vary depending on how much (if anything) you are willing to spend. The majority of farmers and contractors will want to spend as little as possible but some will look longer term and be willing to invest in flotation improvement changes to the machine.