Kid, I am anxiously waiting for someone to answer you about the capacity of these two premium combines. I have had experience with NH twin rotors for 30 years but I've not been in the field with 970 or the 9895. My guess that the 9895 on level fields and dry straw can out do the 970. I think the 970 is better on rolling ground with it's self leveling shoe. The 970 with it's 22 inch rotors vs the 17 inch rotors in the 940 and 960 should do great. I think the 9895 would be hard to beat on maintenance costs. I have always liked the hyd. driven rotor on the MF.