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Getting Field Ready John Deere 6600

Hey Guys,

New to the Forum and new to combines as well. I just picked up a 6600 diesel with a 216 flex head.

Serial on it is 010143, so it's quite an early one. Does not have the rotary screen. We have 65 acres of beans this year and I hope to have everything running for harvest in a couple weeks.

It had some fingers missing from the main auger on the header. Got most of them in but the center ones seem impossible to get to.

Unloading auger hydraulic swing cylinder leaks and does not work

Brakes do not work at all

Engine seems good. It's a belt drive. Drove it home about 50 Km no issues.


As mentioned above, I'm very new to combines. We've been only farming about 5 years and this is our first combine. I got the manual online and will be reviewing it as much as possible. Just trying to understand all the settings and variables on the machine.

Looking for any tips and tricks with running these machines and any suggestions on what to look out for.

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Go thur the adjustments and maintenance sections on the manual. Doing those steps will give you an excellent feel for how the combine works.

These were good ole girls...very reliable for the most part. You may wish to check the grain shoe mount rubber bushings..a commonly overlooked spot that can ruin a shoe if they are out. The small bearings at the front of the pan augers (under the throat) are also prone to go out, esp. if it sets outside.

Don't stress too much about the stuffer fingers, a few out won't make a lot of difference in beans.

Replace 2 of the OEM field lights on the front with 2500 cp LED lights. You will be glad you did.


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Right now there's only one working light. I'll have to check the wiring for the rest of them. The cylinder speed tach also did not move during my test and inspection. So that will need to be checked as well.

From what I've gathered there are 5 main settings

Cylinder Speed - Adjusted from the handle behind the seat on the right side

Concave Clearance - Adjusted form the dial below the throttle lever and the gear on the outside.

Fan Speed - Adjusted from outside the combine

Chaffer Settings Adjuested at the rear

Seive Settings - Adjusted at the rear

I ordered a bunch of knives and guards for the header. Going up tomorrow to install those. Inspect and grease everything else.

I'm going to try to move the concave to clean out and put the fan speed to full and clear out anything that's been sitting in the combine.

The guy I bought it from said he had issues with the feeder plugging last year. I'm hoping that was because he was nearly missing all the fingers. With most of them in now hopefully it isn't an issue.

I'll be starting out quite slow of course but eventually I believe second gear is where you want to be.

How many acres per hour do you think these machines can do ?

What about fuel consumption per acre?

Also how much of a reality is a combine fire, especially since this doesn't have the rotary screen. I'll be grabbing a fire extinguisher but what other precautions can I take?


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Your Tach not working may be just the little "oring" belt over on the right side. Drives off the Beater shaft. The belt needs to be installed twisted 180. They stretch and then don't turn the tach cable. Or somebody puts them on "straight" and then they try to turn it backwards...

Cylinder speed: The one thing I ALWAYS hated about the 6600 was the chain between the top and bottom pulleys coming off and then they get out of time, then the belt gets loose, then it slips...and you plug the machine and buy a new belt.... We used to have 2 people any time we wanted to adjust the speed...one to watch the chain and yell if it came off and one to adjust it in the cab. I added a metal strap across the backside of the chain tightener wood blocks, and that helped a lot to keep it lined up and on the gears.

Open up the rock trap and clean it out before attempting to move the concave. It makes it WAY easier. I always clean out the rock trap and crank the cylinder clear up at the end of each year. Makes it much easier to set it next year.

Check the slip clutch at the upper right of the Feeder. If the clutch waffle is worn off OR extremely "shiny" they can slip too easy. Set it correctly to the manual.

In Beans and Corn, I usually have the fan wide open--900 or so.

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Leaf blower or air compressor is your friend. Level concave to the raspberry bars. Make sure the stop is set so you can't crank the concave into the bars. If it's got a chopper make sure all the knives are there if any are missing it will shake it's self apart.
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Had a couple hours this Sunday to work on the combine.

Replaced 1 belt that was in really bad condition.
Got all but 1 of the fingers in. 1 Bearing is an older style I guess. The finger has to be screwed into a bolt in the bearing instead of the bearing opening up and the finger being slid in. Have to see if I can order that style finger or if I need to break that bearing and put in a new style.

Checked the controls:
Concave clearance wheel works. Spun it all the way to clean out and ran the combine.
Adjusted the fan speed from outside. Seems to work

The cylinder speed ratchet would not move very much though. I looked outside on the right side and I see the chains that it moves but only very little. Looking closer I see that it seems to be locked in place with a plate that prevents it from moving. It has two bolts and a U style cut out.

I also saw the pulley Jeff was referring to for the tach. There's no oring belt. I'm going to try to look it up and see if I cant find the part number.

The Electromagnetic Clutch Switch does not work either.

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Found the part number for the O ring belt H83077. I can't seem to find anything for the thread style auger finger. Also while looking at the diagrams. I realized I have no finger retainer clips.

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JDParts is your friend. Lets you see what/how things fit together. The CLutch wiring is just 12V...find out where the power is getting lost.

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Leaf blower or air compressor is your friend. Level concave to the raspberry bars. Make sure the stop is set so you can't crank the concave into the bars. If it's got a chopper make sure all the knives are there if any are missing it will shake it's self apart.
Doesn't have a straw chopper. I called a salvage yard for a price. Waiting to here back from them.

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i think the screw in finger was superceded. get the clamp style. I go thru shoup for the plastic finger.

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