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Bridging chopper

Have bridged the choppers on 2 780's about a half dozen times this year, always in high speed, stationary knives always out. (pulled out not engaged) Have went through 2 sets of blades on each machine.
On dryland with the drought crops we went on low speed. Doesn't do the best job chopping but there is very little straw.

Moved to 100 plus bushel irrigated wheat tonight and put the choppers in high speed, stationary knives out. Plugged both choppers within 5 minutes of each other at 8:30 pm. Blades have some wear, but are far from dull. Straw was not what I would call green or tough. Grain was testing 14.8, so we were hoping to run late. This is getting very annoying. What a garbage design of a chopper.

Anyone else experiencing this?


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Used to have some issues, nothing like that. Mostly just in green weedy spots. Didn’t plug one this year on 2018 models.


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What year combine and what chopper?
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What year combine and what chopper?
2014. Prochop.
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What knifes are you using?

Make sure the doors are fitting properly and spreaders are in the correct position. Ours will creep down and plug pretty easy if it does
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Been using Redekop knives. Last few years have had a good run with them. This year they just are not lasting very long.
What do you mean by spreaders in the correct position. If they creep down the position alarm sensor would go off, wouldn't it?
I looked at mine when I shut down and the spreader was right up against the sensors like it should be.

Am I missing something?
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The doors may be something I need to address. Have been popped out quite a few times. When the alarm goes off with a full combine, still will pop the door.
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We never plugged our 2014 760s in wheat and always ran chopper on high speed in wheat. Staight cutting green canola we would run on low speed until the straw was dried down a bit. We had the wind blow the back door forward slightly and the chopper shut off causing a blockage but usually it was green canola stocks bridging when the choppers were on high speed that caused us our grief.


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all our plugging issues we had in the past was worn knifes. New knifes always fixed the bridging. Never seen such fussy chopper.
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Just be glad you don’t have a turbo chop 😡😡😡..... I traded to an 18 model with pro chop to get rid of problem .... seems fine so far. Local dealer doesn’t order combines with turbo chops any more

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