I have a 27 and I love it. There is no need to fear I.H. knotters. You're a mechanic... just look at it! The only differences are the twine is cut somewhere else in the cycle, and the bale movement pulls the knot from the billhook... that's it! A wealth of knowledge can be had if you have someone turn the flywheel through a tie cycle while you watch it. You'll see that it's actually a simpler system, with fewer moving parts. It unbolts and swings up for service, just like any other knotter. There was nothing magical about it, but I believe many people feel that way about it. The old 45 had a quirk that gave I.H. knotters a stigma until the end of production. It would miss a tie at full PTO revolution. The tension system was inadequate to the task of keeping the twine taught at the very instant the needles started their down stroke. On the way up, the twine is laid firmly into the notch in the twine disc. If this tension is not maintained, the twine will follow the needle (briefly) when it starts back down. This momentary slack sometimes lifts the twine from the notch before the disc turns and catches it. Many people dislike 45s because of this, when all they have to do in most cases is reduce PTO speed and increase ground speed. The other reason is the 45's tongue doesn't swing.
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