Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: SW Saskatchewan
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Change a lot of Macdon sections as well. However, I would never swap it for a SCH knife. The Macdon cuts way cleaner without the use of an air reel. We generally look over knife in the morning and change sections with an air wrench and a screwdriver to move knife back and forward. If there is a noticeable bad cut during the day will change. Use to think that a SCH was an easier system to change sections on. Always going to the end and turning knife. A guy is always learning - I now maneuver the knife at the broken section with a large screwdriver or pinch bar - picked that tip up from someone else on the combine forum! No need to remove side shields and turn knife!
We also break a lot of guards. With an SCH knife we had hardly ever had section or guard problems but it never ever cut as clean. A Macdon system almost cuts lentils without the use of a reel (almost!). An SCH relies very much on something to drive the crop over the knife - ie. an air reel or a bat in order to cut clean.
I have found the biggest thing for lentils has been to roll them after seeding to push all the rocks out of the way as best you can. - makes a huge difference. I assume you are doing that too!
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