Re: Best Cutter-bar System
We had the SCH Easycut (without roller guides) on an old 810. I hated it, but it was really more the header's fault. The leading edge of the header wasn't perfectly straight (Dad said it was like that from the factory) and the extra drag on the knife was tearing up the wobble box. We switched to the SCH hoping to alleviate the strain on the wobble box, but it instead changed the weak point to the cutterbar itself. The bolt-together bar would break in tough conditions, usually at the drive head. Once we got the drive head welded up and stronger it started breaking elsewhere. 2005 was the last year we used that header and the bar broke for the fourth (and last) time that season as I was opening the very last field. It finally broke in a spot where it couldn't be repaired, so we just finished harvest with one machine. The most frustrating part was not being able to go to town and get parts; they all had to be shipped to us. Kind of a pain in the middle of harvest.
That being said, it probably would've been a good cutterbar if it was on a good header. The knives stayed sharp for a long time (they certainly lasted longer than the ones on our 973 MacDon) and they were easy to replace when needed. It also cut very cleanly in tough conditions.