Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: south west Ontario
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You bought a small combine, so I assume you don't have hundreds of acres to combine. I have combined with a flex head without the Dial-A-Matic (DAM) working, and it worked well. You keep the head positioned manually, that means adjusting with the hydraulic lever on the steering column. You run the head in contact with the ground, the knife just above the ground.
If you combine wheat, you don't use the Dial-A Matic at all. You make your "flex" head a "fixed" head, and run your head height manualy (with the hydraulic lever on the steering column). Because you only want the grain and not all the straw through the combine. (unless you want to bale straw)
I suggest you start without Dial-A-Matic first, before spending money.
Ideal would be if an experienced operator could help you to set up the combine and help you to get going.
You did not mention were you are located, flat or hilly land, what ground, or what crop you are growing. That makes it difficult to give a good advice.