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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:36 am    Post subject: 216 flex head Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Knives on the right side of my 216 are at too steep of a downward angle causing the knives to dig into the ground. Is there a way I can adjust the angle of the knives? I have dial-a-matic and the knives dig no matter what setting it is on. If I could just make the knives angle at slightly more upward angle, I"m pretty sure it would solve my problem.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 216 flex head Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are 5 or 6 adjusting bolts across the back of the head that control the sickle angle. You loosen the nut that sandwiches the flex head parallel arms. Then turn the bolt out to decrease the sickle angle.

In the picture of the frame they are" adjusting bolt #12 and bar/nut that it goes through #10. They are on the back bottom of the header.

After you have adjusted these to where you want them you then have to adjust the sickle gear case stabilizer spring.( you do this with the header on the ground.) In the picture you want the spring # 8 to be 2 1/2 inches long with the header on the ground. Then there should be 1/4 inch cap between bolt head #13 and pivot # 12.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: 216 flex head Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had the same problem with a 216 and yesterday we finally solved the problem. For us the trouble turned out to be the shoes under the head on the right side had been bent up that they were concave, which changed the guard angle. Sighting down the cutterbar it was hard to see anything out of the ordinary, but in the field the left side would stay clean but the right side would pickup dirt. I'd suggest checking your shoes if it's only digging on one side. I wasn't sure that this was causing our trouble when I headed for the field after our fix, but it behaved like a 200 series head should after the repair.
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