I bought a 1243 corn head this fall and other than buying new lift cylinders, got along good. I am now reading that I am supposed to have the Planetary Final Drives if I use a 12 row head. Even though my combine was setup as a corn machine from the factory, I think I have the standard final drives. I know some people will push equipment to the limits, but I was wondering if I need to be legitimately concerned about final drive damage, or if I will get along fine? Also wondering about not having the high torque hydrostat unit for twelve row heads? My info is coming from 9610 material, but I believe it is accurate to my 1994 9600 as well.
Don't know that it will matter but I only pick about 300 - 500 acres a year which is probably not much.
Also, far back does production on 1243's go back to. I assume the mid 80's or whenever they started making a 40 series corn head?
Thanks for any help.