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New Idea 325/327 picker

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10-13-2009 09:47:49

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Corn is very good this year! Is there a way to speed up the elevator to keep the husking bed clear? Even 2nd gear in my JD 530 (which is very slow) is too fast. I really need to move the corn back faster. Thanks

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10-18-2009 04:17:54

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 Re: Thanks! in reply to John51, 10-13-2009 09:47:49  
New Idea is part of Agco now, and as many of those pickers are still in use, I'll bet there are still new parts available. I hope there are, because I have one too, just haven't needed any parts for a while. Ranchers feed ear corn to range cows in this area, with lots of NI pickers still in use, both pull type, and Uni's. One other option is to drive your wagon elevator with a hydraulic motor. Good luck!! :wink:

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10-13-2009 09:58:12

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 Re: New Idea 325/327 picker in reply to John51, 10-13-2009 09:47:49  
Get a smaller sprocket for the elevator. The parts book calls for a 15-tooth 2050 chain sprocket - maybe put a 12 or 13-tooth one on it?

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10-14-2009 04:41:21

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 Re: New Idea 325/327 picker in reply to jd-tom, 10-13-2009 09:58:12  
Thanks. Any idea where I can find one?

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10-15-2009 22:39:05

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 Re: New Idea 325/327 picker in reply to John51, 10-14-2009 04:41:21  
You may have to make one. Most dealerships and well-stocked farm supply stores have a "Weld-a-Sprocket" display. You purchase the hub of the sprocket with a hole that matches the diameter of your elevator shaft (the parts book says it's a 1" hole). Then you purchase the sprocket part and weld it to the hub. They probably don't have a sprocket for a #2050 chain but one for a #50 chain will work just fine. You just have to get one with twice as many teeth on it since a link of 2050 chain straddles 2 teeth on the sprocket. So get something with 22 to 28 teeth on it (the original one should be the equivalent of a 30-tooth #50 chain sprocket). You might want to bring your current one along for comparison. I also did some figuring on the sprocket ratios on your picker and came up with the following:

Assuming your picker is running at 540 RPM, these should be the speeds of the wagon elevator bottom shaft: 15-tooth sprocket - 341 RPM
14-tooth sprocket - 366 RPM
13-tooth sprocket - 394 RPM
12-tooth sprocket - 427 RPM
11-tooth sprocket - 466 RPM

So you will have to decide how much faster your elevator should run to keep up with high-yield corn. Hope this helps!

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10-16-2009 15:27:33

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 Thanks! in reply to jd-tom, 10-15-2009 22:39:05  
I really appreciate your assistance! I will work on it over the next few days since it"s snowing here and I won"t do any picking for a while.

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