2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #90[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Performance-Boosting Combine ProductsDeere Chopper Knives - If you’re not satisfied with the job done by the straw chopper on your Deere combine, contact Robert Rottinghaus.
Rottinghaus, owner of Clever Tech, Inc., Jesup, Iowa, says the rotor knives on Deere straw choppers aren’t heavy enough to handle heavy straw or wet, green bean stems. “Many modern soybean varieties produce dry beans on green stems, which can cause problems for combines and straw choppers. Since the original knives in the Deere chopper pivot back about 30 degrees, when they hit this tough material they let it pass over the stationary knives uncut,” he says.
To solve the problem, he developed a heavier knife that will fit most Deere straw choppers. Made of grade 80 steel that’s been laser cut, the Clever Tech knife has four sharp rake teeth on it, to make a serrated edge. It’s designed to pivot only 10 degrees, so it forces material through the stationary knives until everything is cut.
Rottinghaus’ combine straw chopper knives sell for $7.87 each (plus S&H), depending on the model. All knives are weighed and balanced before shipping.
Stalk Roll Bearing Puller For Case IH 1000 Cornheads - Save time with this unique puller for stalk roll bearings on 1000 Series Case IH corn heads. Powder-coated with red Case IH paint, it has a heavy-duty puller cage.
Sells for $104 fob Jesup, Iowa. Weighs 3 lbs. Comes with a 2-year warranty.
Straw Chopper Knife Kit - Gives versatile unmatched chopping capability on Case-IH combines. Cuts the straw and stubble shorter which turns to mulch quicker for faster available plant food and nutrients for the next crop. Sells for $133 plus S&H.
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