Just priced out switching from standard tailboard to powercast:
$11,500 for the parts new, not installed.
Combine world will be getting a call.
I could just not get a nice even wide spread with the powercast, for me the standard tailboard did a nicer job of spreading. The guy I got it from was taking the powercast tailboards off his combines and putting the standard tailboards on because he did not like how they spread. Tried different speeds but did not seem to help. Only used it for one year, but was wishing I had keep my standard tailboard.Good to know. This will be our first year with one machine with powercast and one standard, so we will get to compare. What do you dislike about the powercast?
If you turn knife bar out of the chopper to make courser cut and/or run chopper at slow speed spread may improve.In theory the powercast works well. Unfortunately in light crops in won’t spread very well and then in heavy crops it windrows to the edges.
Yes we have a chopper dam it is not as easy to engage or disengage like Class.Most people do not know that it is even on the chopper.When combine comes from the factory it comes installed underneath the chopper and if you want it installed it takes 3 minutes and 6 carage bolts.I have told many people to install it when they complain they wan a better chop and they are surprised you can do that.If you turn knife bar out of the chopper to make courser cut and/or run chopper at slow speed spread may improve.
Does Deere have a chopper dam?
Sometimes the dam helps cut as much as knives 1/2 in, no dam.Yes we have a chopper dam it is not as easy to engage or disengage like Class.Most people do not know that it is even on the chopper.
Are you saying that your area will have better crops than last year? Wow I bet that is a good feeling!Here some dryland crops may be worse than last year. And yes the controller bar( thats what deere calls it) uses more power and fuel esppecially when knife bank engaged.Sometimes the dam helps cut as much as knives 1/2 in, no dam.
Ran knives completely out last year 3/4’s of the time, just set dam to suit.
But, that was last year, on track for an easy doubling of straw volumes this year, fuel suppliers:sFun_mischieviousbi