What is the point of the blank half sickle at the RHS end of a John Deere knife? It's blunt, so it obviously doesn't cut. Can the knife back simply be cut off short just after the last whole sickle without causing any problems?
The reason I want to do it, is that the aftermarket knife is a Niels Parts laminated knife, it doesn't have the extra hole to be able to fit a half sickle, and it's just about impossible to drill through it. Therefore I have the length of the Niels knife cut off for a whole sickle instead of the blank half. This means it cuts fine, but at the right extent of the knife travel it sticks out of the outside of the comb further than ideal. I would like to cut the whole last section off, as long as it still cuts okay.
Has anyone come across this situation before?