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John Deere Tractors Discussion Board

14t Baler - dealer/knotter issue

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Posted by DaninKansas on December 01, 2012 at 21:16:19 from (

Bought an old 14t (like there are any that are new) last summer. The old guy I bought it from was a neighbor and he used it on his property. It failed to knot on the right side ("inside knotter)on one in twenty bales. I replaced several parts myself but didn't trust myself to work on the knotters.

I brought it to the local dealership to have them diagnose the knotter issue. After looking at it the "mechanic" said I should replace all the chains, the duck bills on the knotters and retime it. I had them do the work.

I think I am paying for them (or at least this "mechanic") to learn how to work on square balers. He seemed to have lots of trouble timing it and finally figured out that one of the roll pins had broke on a gear on the knotter. They replaced the gear and the shaft, timed it again (sounded like they tried to time it 4 or 5 times). I bring it home thinking I probably have a lot of money in it but at least it will work when I go to use it this spring. I had the hay laying in my shed that I pulled out of it before sending it to the shop that needed baled up again. It failed to tie a single one of these bales. The inside knotter had twine wrapped around the duckbill making a ball of knots.

I noticed that the one bale in the chute that was tied (while at the dealership) had the knots at different places on the bale - one about three inches from the end of the bale and one about 8 inches from the end of the bale. It wasn't doing this when it went in. The dealership had pointed it out and said it was the result of the tucker fingers being worn....

Any ideas? Could one of the shaft be 180 degrees off due to the gear being put back on wrong?


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