Quote:i have never had any thing other than wheat corn and milo go through it. The only thing i can remember going trough it was a gathering chain from a deere row crop head. When you say the cage could be "sprung" what does that mean and how do you fix it?
Here's a few pics of my 1680 as it sits right now after last harvest running a few wet slugs through.
The left side above the concaves. Noticed the "wow" in the mounting/stiffener brace.
Another of it.
The transition from concaves to first grate now has a warp in it.
Here's a pic of a stiffener I installed several years ago on the right side of the cage. It had a slight wow in it, so I pulled it over straight with a come-a-long, then bolted the new brace to it.
Here's the first brace on the right side which is where the concaves mounting bar usually mounts. I have my own setup here, but that brace and its condition is important.
Here's the next brace back on the right side. The right side is braced far better than the left side, but......
But,....notice they are'nt bloted to the superstructure very well.
And another of that brace as complete as I can get the camera to take it.
Depending on the abrasive nature of your crops, the cage bolt heads will wear off and the bolts will fall out. I had 3 broken transport vanes as well over the grate area. No foreign objects and I dont have much horsepower. The vanes broke cause a very tight "rope" of wet material worked its way through and the vanes could'nt take the stress. Wet ropes like that are also extremely hard on the rotor drive couplers. Point being, a "sprung" (bent, warped, etc.) cage amplifies the ability of a wet rope to form. From there on, things get broken.