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corngrower2010
Posted 11/26/2011 20:03 (#2069534)
Subject: calmer corn head kits


Wisconsin
has anyone installed calmer corn head kits on there corn heads? are they good pros and cons???
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loran
Posted 11/26/2011 20:13 (#2069552 - in reply to #2069534)
Subject: RE: calmer corn head kits


West Union, IOWA FLOLO Farm 52175

http://www.youtube.com/user/edgefxx?feature=mhsn#p/u/6/NlTMCR_JoSc

DeckPlates and BT Choppers here.... I'm happy. 

About hte only concern I have is they seemed to chip an awful lot..... I have some of the first Choppers with chrome...and I'm not sure that's as good as what I thought I'd bought.....but on the flip side....I'm glad they caught the issue before they released them unlike some companies....

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Red/Green
Posted 11/26/2011 20:27 (#2069589 - in reply to #2069552)
Subject: Re: calmer corn head kits


Elizabethtown,KY
I put the slow down kit and Bt crushers on my 693 last year, very pleased with the job it does.
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cbiers
Posted 11/26/2011 21:42 (#2069758 - in reply to #2069552)
Subject: RE: calmer corn head kits



Did you have them in corn with dry brittle stalks, Loran? We have the original calmer revolving window knife rolls with about 466 acres per row on them and still seem to be performing well but are showing some wear. In certain varieties they don't perform as I'd like them to when the stalks are all dried up and brittle. I'd like to move up to those BT choppers when these old rolls wear out. In dry corn we run 5+ mph and am curious how these new rolls perform in those conditions at faster ground speeds.

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loran
Posted 11/26/2011 22:06 (#2069814 - in reply to #2069758)
Subject: RE: calmer corn head kits


West Union, IOWA FLOLO Farm 52175

Seemed to work fine.... where they really shined was down corn...(should be a video if bounce around on my Utube)

That was a pleasant suprise...

We run the head slow.....which when we got to 6mph left them a little longer....but still managable

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westnfarmer
Posted 11/26/2011 21:15 (#2069700 - in reply to #2069534)
Subject: RE: calmer corn head kits



N W Tennessee
Ran the Bt Choppers this past crop and was satisfied. Also installed the slow down kit along with the beveled deck plates and it seemed to reduce trash intake. Much better than the Deere knife rolls. I ran about a 1000 ac. this season with an 8 row. Still wonder how long they will last. They really chop up the stalks. If you veer off the row they don't perform as well. Sometimes when I got in smaller stalks(Drought areas)the performance dropped some. Overall on a scale 1 to 10 ,I would rate them a 9.0.
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Tazzerblue
Posted 11/26/2011 22:02 (#2069803 - in reply to #2069700)
Subject: BT chopper kit, Not pleased.


SW MN
I put them of a JD 2004 893 complete kit BT chopper slow down. deck plates. On the first corn it did some chopping as long as your speed was under 5 mph.
I was running the head as fast as it would go with my lexion. talked to calmer and he said to check the drive sprockets on head, had the right ones.
Then after I got the soybeans out corn was down to 13% had to slow the head way down to stop header loss. Then I had NO chopping at all.
It was alot of $$ spent for no chopping. And yes we had some issue's with stalks and tillage.
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Kooiker
Posted 11/26/2011 22:53 (#2069927 - in reply to #2069803)
Subject: RE: BT chopper kit, Not pleased.



I'll ask my question again.

 

Would you expect a Deere/Drago/CIH/Harvest Tech/whatever brand of lawn mower style chopping head would do a good job of chopping with the head running slow and combining at 5+mph?

 

Stalk choppers require rpm.

 

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tj_farmer
Posted 11/26/2011 23:32 (#2069999 - in reply to #2069927)
Subject: RE: BT chopper kit, Not pleased.


NW central IL
ive ran my stalkmaster at pretty slow speeds, it still does a pretty good job.
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Kooiker
Posted 11/27/2011 08:36 (#2070226 - in reply to #2069999)
Subject: RE: BT chopper kit, Not pleased.



Thanks.

 

How dry were the stalks?

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Tazzerblue
Posted 11/27/2011 07:18 (#2070161 - in reply to #2069927)
Subject: knife to knife


SW MN
This is a knife/knife cutting system, 2 knives working together to creat a cutting point. Not a lawn mower blade flying around
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Kooiker
Posted 11/27/2011 08:34 (#2070223 - in reply to #2070161)
Subject: RE: knife to knife



I know that.

 

I was wondering what you would expect from a lawn mower style chopping head running slow.

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Sledge
Posted 11/26/2011 21:57 (#2069785 - in reply to #2069534)
Subject: Re: calmer corn head kits


Extreme SW Minnesota Iowa border
Knife rolls and curved deck plates for sure. Slowdown kit, maybe. ( depends on the machine its on). I was pretty impressed by the small amount of wear on the knifes. Really makes a nice head.
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