R450 w/995 having trouble
Hello everyone, I am new to the forum, but have used it a fair bit in the past, whenever I had issues with any of my equipment. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience on here that can’t be found elsewhere.
I farm in southeast Saskatchewan and just purchased a used 2010 R450 w/ 995 16’ impeller header. Still trying to learn it and have no previous experience with an impeller conditioner. Cut 100 acres of average hay (broke/alfalfa) last night and it worked ok once I figured out the cutterbar rpm was on a fixed bracket (probably for the honeybee platform it came with) and was too slow. So changed it to the variable solenoid and it sped up to 840. Got into a quarter of really heavy, lodged alfalfa today and it had a lot of trouble going against the the way it was leaning. The crop seemed to almost ball up and mulch up, and I’d end up pushing up piles of crop. No matter what I did, it wouldn’t help. I think it’s some setting or something I’m not doing right, cause I’m sure my pt NH db316 would cut it well. Also some of the crop is laying outside the windrow. Engine rpm is 2450, cutterbar is 840, deflector hood has been from tight to wide open with no change, and I’ve tried different tilt and groundspeed. Crop accelerators are a bit worn but don’t seem too bad. Converging drums don’t have much wear. New blades. Any ideas or things I’m forgetting?
Also wondering if anyone has gotten the autotrac to steer it well at higher speeds 10-14mph?
Thanks, I appreciate any help.