Yeah I was able to talk to one of the John Deere reps last week in Tulare, and he said that they are still trying to address some problems. Belts are lasting about 150hrs and the rolls are good for around 500hrs. They figure you'll dump around $12,000 a year back into your KP. For us it doesn't make sense at all. Hopefully they get a more reliable design that will last as long as normal KP rolls. We looked at Kooima's version of the Kernel Star and it looks really good. We saw one of their discs that had 1,500 acres run through it and it still looked new. I think that they are on the right track. We are thinking of maybe giving those a try.Someone who is at the world Ag expo this week should be able to drill the guys at Jd and find out what the plan is.
I hear you loud and clear on the knives! We ran a set through first cutting a couple years ago and then had to replace them. They wore out way to fast and wouldn't hold a sharp edge. Now we only run the knives from JD because they seem to hold up pretty good. However we do run the Heavy Duty Shearbar that they build for Deere and it is now the only one we will use. The longevity and durability that we seem to get with it is what I think they should all have due to how much they all cost! Other than pick-up teeth for our hay heads and spout liners, that about sums it up.Do you guys have decent luck with kooima stuff? Tried a set of knives and bolts a few years back, they were only good for self destructing.