Now having completed 2 seasons with us, this particular combine
has clocked around 1100 hours, yet still looks as good as the
day it was made. The user experience of the John Deere 2000
and laterally 2200 series combines seems to vary greatly from some
saying they wouldn't go near them to others not looking past them. We
are fairly neutral and open minded about these opinions as our
experience has generally been rather good. Some points worth
taking from this are perhaps that there were a lot of initial teething
problems with the range and some of the reasons for the bad reports
are given below:
- 2054 and 2064 models were relatively low on
power when introduced.
- Reliability appeared to be sketchy in early
- A significant number of modifications were
carried out before 1995.
- The original concave was weak.
- The original shaker shoe was a weak point.
Despite this range of initial rather fundamental problems, it
is widely regarded that by 1995 all the major problems had been
addressed: this certainly appears to be the case with our machine,
however the 2054 is reported to remain underpowered on anything
other than flat ground.
Bought second-hand, the combine arrived with a generous selection
of options, including the full Hillmaster slope leveling system
(deemed to be essential for our sloping land), integrated straw
chopper, chaff spreader and optional wide rubber at 30.5 inches
over the standard 24 inch tyres. It should be noted that
in retrospect, it would be difficult for the combine to perform
as it does (particularly on slopes) without the wider tyres as
it climbs remarkably well, particularly it comes off the scales
at around 14t with an empty grain tank.
Output is generally very good with consistent performance even
in very damp or even downright wet crops (30%mc!)