Posted by longmeadow farm on January 21, 2013 at 04:40:56 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: stub guards posted by Animal on January 20, 2013 at 16:21:13:
The last Mower Conditioner I owned was a JD 1219 with stub (non clog) guards. This was a number of years now as I've switched to disk type MO CO. The stub guards worked rather well in typical working farm crop conditions. They don't plug and can cut through the down and tangled stuff rather well. The trick is to keep them in proper cutting condition, as per the operators manual, et al. Most important is that the knife must run consistently, regarding knife registration and height. Replacing a worn guard with a new one will cause knife registration/height problems and the machine will not cut cleanly My machinery is always kept in the sheds, so I don't have experience with MO COs that have been left out in the elements, but I suspect it doesn't do them much good. I suspect that cutting non working farm hay crops could be accomplished Ok with less than a machine in good cutter bar condition, but I guess I'm the wrong person to comment regarding same...
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