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We had one of the wear plates on the elephant ears on front of rotor come loose today, machine has 800 eng. hours. It tore up puter peice inbetween rotor and feeder house, we put it back together and stuffed crap in hole and kept going. It looks like a big job to fix it right proabably worth checking bolts on wear plates. I keep having problems with tailings belt coming off. proabably at least twice a day, I have all sheilding in place has anyone had this problem? Iam running 9860 with 8010 had one sensor problem so far, capacity and everything else is comparable.
 

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I've never had a wear bar get loose, could you hear it ticking or rubbing before it got ugly? Years ago we had a small rock come in and get in between the elephant ear and the plate that holds the front rotor bearing, stopped everything dead and bent the ear and plate a little, this was back when I think they had 4 ears on a 1480, so we just took off that one and the opposite one.

The belt issue I've had before, we had a small corn cob that was stuck in a pulley that was causing it to come off. We had to check all the way around the pulleys to find it. Had all the shields in place when it got in there....it's amazing where stuff ends up. You can check your pulleys but if the belt has come off alot it may have a twist in it and needs to be replaced.
 

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Yes, the rotor flighting wear bars coming loose has been seen on some combines. What "puter" piece are you talking about? Are you talking about the rotor infeed castings? If so is it the ones on the combine itself or the ones on the feeder (they are 2 part). Either way the feeder has to come off. If its the feeder ones are replaced easily, the others need to have the lower rotor sump removed and the new castings installed. No idea what a dealer would charge for time, but thats an afternoon job as long as you've got the right tools.


If you're having trouble with the tailings belt check for any cobs getting into the belt. Past that check the welds on the tailings tensioner bracket. If you're going through all that check the alignment of your sheaves. There should ideally be no more than 3mm of misalignment.
 

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A couple nights ago I was where a neighbor had hit a rock and broke 2 feeder chain slats off. they knocked the wear bar off the ear and everything went through the chopper. Just be glad that you caught it before it made its journey through the center of the combine!
 

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Quote:A couple nights ago I was where a neighbor had hit a rock and broke 2 feeder chain slats off. they knocked the wear bar off the ear and everything went through the chopper. Just be glad that you caught it before it made its journey through the center of the combine!

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WOW! My condolences to the owner of that machine.
 
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