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Too bad you are so far away...got a neighbor with 2 6600s (One running, 1 parts) he would love to sell.


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i think the screw in finger was superceded. get the clamp style. I go thru shoup for the plastic finger.
To my surprise when I went to pick up the parts today they had ordered in a thread style finger. I thought they were obsolete too but I guess the warehouse still had some.


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Too bad you are so far away...got a neighbor with 2 6600s (One running, 1 parts) he would love to sell.

I got this one really cheap only reason I decided to give it a shot. Normally I see these 6600's for around $6,000 to $10,000 in Ontario.

I got this one for $1,600. The head or engine are worth that much or more individually. I would be paying a custom guy more than double that as well so its worth it for me to try it out.

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Was able to get out and test it today, runs pretty good for the most part. It was splitting some beans. I was told to decrease the cylinder speed to prevent it. The cylinder speed control was seized so I just left it running at 800 at first. I got it to move down to about 500 now. Will be going up again tomorrow.
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The 6600 had the wonderful chain driven ACME screw thread variable speed cylinder speed adjuster that was a pain in the rear at the best of times. Diesel fuel and powdered graphite mixed together and painted on the screws, then run up and down the speed range a couple of times made the adjustment very easy. Make sure the bicycle chain on the adjusting system is not stiff and that it is tight so it does not jump off the sprockets.

Take out the door in front of the cylinder, above feeder house, under the cab/engine and see if the concave has filler plates. Filler plates will crack beans, even at low cylinder speed as the threshed beans can not fall through the concave.

I am in my second year with soybeans here in Manitoba and was quite surprised how easy they thresh and separate compared to our heavy straw crops we grow.


Cylinder Speed - 550 to 600 depending on moisture.

Concave - 9 turns down from tight. (For some reason I get more turns top to bottom on the concave adjuster than most other JD 20 series combines.) Side Indicator was at 1.75 to 2

Fan - 1075

Chaffer - Air Foil (hence the high fan speed)

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I'm gonna show my age here and get a little nostalgic.

My dad had been running square back 95's, which I loved, and still think that John Deere had the coolest cab with the ladder leading up to it with the windows and the spit door. At one time he was doing quite a bit of custom work and running up to 3 of them.
Anyways he was farming and working as a salesman and about 78 or 9 he and my uncle ended up with a 73 or 4 7700 diesel and a 76 6600 sidehill. I was 9 or 10 and remember being so excited that the 6600 had the newer style seat with the armrests like the soudguard body cabs so he could put both down and I could have a more comfortable ride. Him maybe not so much. In 1981 I was 12. Dad had his worst crop of durum to this date. He let me loose that fall and I was ecstatic to be on my own out in the field.
So I have fond memories of the 6600. The sidehill was pretty cool too.
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ON all the 00/20 series machines the setting we ran were pretty much the same. Cylinder speed just below cracking.

Beans: Cylinder 550-650, Concave 5-6, Fan 900-1000. In beans just run the cylinder fast/tight enough to break open the pods without cracking beans....if the pods won't open, WAIT.

Corn: Cylinder 350-400, Concave 11-13, Fan 900-1000. In corn, run the cylinder fast/tight enough to get all the kernels off without breaking up the cobs. If you are breaking the cobs all up, open the concave.

Chaffer, closed enough to keep trash off the sieve. Sieve, open....Golly I can set one just looking but measurement?? The only change I make between corn/beans is I open the chaffer (deep tooth) about 1/8" in corn.

I leave the throat chain in low speed (set for corn). Leave the lower drum up (set for corn) Leave the fillers in, and leave the back of the concave open (set for corn). I've never had an issue combining soybeans with those settings.

These combines were really VERY easy to set (at least in corn and beans)...pay attention to a few basics and they will pretty much perform across all varieties. Prima Donnas they aren't.
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I called the elevator after the truck delivered what we got off over the weekend. They said there was no issue with split beans. I guess they were so few that it did not matter. Got them off at 11.9% moisture.

I was only able to run it for a little while before something would break down. Slowly figuring out all its needs.

Diesel filter under the tank got plugged
Feeder house plugged - too many green weeds in one section.
Chain for the clean grain lifting auger fell off.
Ground wire for the electromagnetic header clutch came off.

So I'd have to stop every so often to figure out whats wrong. Hopefully the weather holds up and I can get back out there on the weekend.

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Get used to cleaning that diesel screen! I never let the tank get lower than 1/2 on my 7720--seems to not plug the screen as much.

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So the combine sat for the past 2 years since we've leased out the land. I've been trying to get it started so I can put it up for sale.

Is this combine a 24V system or a 12V system originally. I just have the once battery on it. I took it off when I parked it and kept it inside. I'm having trouble charging it enough to get the combine started. I think these things need like 1000 amps to turn over.


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