I have a JE Love pick up reel with steel fingers, it sweeps about 1/2" above the knife, I never get broken sickles or cut fingers. My question is why do plastic fingers seem to get cut off half way? Thats a crazy amount of flex.
I know this thread is 4 years old but;
3 years ago I bought a JD 4400 with a 213 grain head. The beans combining went great till I came at the end of the field were there was a ridge, and the steel fingers were caught in the knives and there was a lot of damage.
I have replaced the knifes and guards, and adjusted the reel height so that the steel fingers cannot be caught by the knives.
But now the beans feed in very uneven and bunched. Using Dial-A-Matic makes it worse.
Does someone know a solution? Do I have my grain head settings wrong?
1) Make sure the fingers miss the sickle by at least 1/2" with the head smashed hard on the ground.
2) Make sure your DAM is working correctly and properly adjusted. Run in the lowest setting possible without dragging.
3) Make sure your coversheets and trough are shiny. Rust is the #1 reason for bunching.
4) Sharpen the cross auger. A rounded off front edge on the cross auger flighting is a major cause of poor feeding once the beans reach it.
5) make sure the cross auger is properly adjusted, as low and close to the strippers as possible without ever hitting.
Having said all that, sometimes short beans feed hard. Rust is likely your #1 issue...either get stainless cover sheets or shine them up with sander and keep them painted or oiled. A rusty head can be the difference between 1 mph and 4 mph on the same combine in the same crop. If the beans are laying on the auger but not feeding, square up the flighting edges.