Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central Alberta
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Thanks for the feedback.
The chopper bridging is a very big concern. In tough green canola straw, but not as extreme as this year, when everything was a bottleneck, that had been the bottleneck on the 8460's, even with new sharp knives, so really wouldn't want to spend that much to get back to the same problem. I do know that by over threshing the straw I can break it down more and it goes through the chopper better, so a CX with the 3 cylinders/beaters has to do more damage to the straw than what I have now, wouldn't it?
My experience with the open stock cylinder vs. the enclosed heavy Sunnybrooks in these 8460's has been nothing short of drastic.
I couldn't run slow speeds at all with the stock, and even at ~1000 rpm would plug constantly in canola. I can now run slower, and almost never plug the cylinder with the added momentum of the Sunnybrook, at least until the rear beater wraps and stalls everything...
The stock cylinders would bend on heavy wet wads. Now they just break the stub shaft off, since the cylinder can't give, and won't stall...
The other issue was and green material would get inside the bars on the open cylinder and get out of balance, regularly had to crawl in and scrape it out to avoid shaking the machine apart. Never an issue with enclosed cylinders.
MK, what do you mean by walkers plugging? Do the troughs underneath fill up?
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