We run a 2588 in a Corn, Wheat, Soybean rotation. We have been considering trying some of Gorden Harvestings products. What do you guys think of the Gorden Rotor Bars, Cover Plates (Wheat and Soybeans), and the Air Jet Chaffers (for all three crops).
We just tried the coverplates on our 2188 for HRW wheat harvest, and hated them. They use too much power and they put alot of crap in the sample, take the time and switch to small wire concaves for wheat, my 2 cents. as for the other gorden products i can't speak from experience but i hear good things.
this will be my 3rd year with the chaffer for the most part I love it only have wheat and barley. If you have solid stem wheat it is not as good the solid stems pierce through the chaffer so you get some stems and you have to clean the chaffers once in awhile.. in regualar (hollow stem) it is great I can take the grain right from the combine and put it into my air cart no cleaning required. Never ran there cover plates but I allways have to run vover plates even though I have small wire until we have at least a 1/10 of rain after the grain is ripe then my wheat threashes much easer & I can take of the cover plates. most the time my wheat is between 6 to 10%
I dont harvest corn or beans. Will be running wheat again starting this year. I have a full set of gorden rotor bars. A full set of gorden helical concaves (with no wires). A full set of cover plates. And an air-jet chaffer with 3 sets of screens.
All products are quality built. The concaves are a little light, but they hold up fine. The cover plates work great, install ok, and will last forever. The gorden rotor bars are also very heavy duty, made from chrome carbide I believe. I dont have rocks, so I'll likely never break one. They are heavy so you should use a scale and weigh them, then install the closest weight bars at 180degrees from each other. The air-jet chaffer is also quality stuff. The screens are changed out in a matter of minutes. The screens are all stainless, and very close tolerances in building.
Though I cant say much about the performance of the air-jet yet, I've ran the concaves, rotor bars and cover plates for a few years now. The concaves have slightly closer bar spacing than the loewen helicals and slightly smaller material for cross bars. They have no wires which has'nt been a problem in grass, but as others have said, the air-jet will spear with long straw so I'm going to loewens for this year with wires to see if I can make the air-jet work. The cover plates install ok. They can be installed from the left side without any other panels removed and be done in a couple minutes as long as you install the hangers on the right of the concaves before you install them. One bolt per cover plate on the left.
The rotor bars work super for me in a dry hot harvest climate. They transport the material better than the small stock single bars. They have a much higher amount of rasp surface in contact with the material all the time. Combined with the helical concaves, they worked fantastic in long grass seed.
I am similar with doorknob. I have had rotor bars of his on three specialty rotors and have yet to wear them out. Just put a set on a 2588. Have new and old style cover plates and the new ones install a lil quicker than old but both work great and couldn't be without. Harvest soft red winter wheat 18% and less. Also use covers on beans, usually the beginning of harvest. Bought a used chaffer and really like it. Very good soybean seed quality. Just learning with it in wheat and am very pleased also. We even did 150 acres of fescue with the wheat screen and was pleased. Would like to use it in corn this fall but the 2588 will probably do that because it is under warranty and the 2388 isn't. Haven't bought any helical concaves but would like to sometime. Good quality products. If you are not pleased with anything of his, more than likely, some adjustment or different configuration of concave/grates will remedy.
I don't feel that the products were poorly made, they installed nicely and all the holes lined up... they just didn't work well in our wheat this year. As soon as we switched the front to concaves out to small wires everything was much better. I tried just about every chaffer anc concave setting to make it work better and the best solution was to swap to small wires. I would like to try the bars and chaffer from gordens sometime.