Just get one load chopped & already broken down! The chopper head gathering chains collided on one side, breaking the shear bolt & jamming the chains TIGHT! Got the chains apart by plasma cutting one push finger of one side's chain, then when in place, welding the piece back in. We'll take lunch & try it again, but I already know we'll be breaking down again. I told dad exactly what is wrong, but he doesn't want to believe it. Underneath, there are dry gears that run all this. One of the shafts is out of line, and the only way this can happen is a bearing out on the shaft just above this one gear. I can even see the shiny end of the bearing tube where the gear runs against as a thrust face. No way you can see the thrust face unless the bearing is out, letting the shaft & gear move to the side. Don't pay any attention to me Dad, I'm just a 54 year old kid. We may get some chopping done, but this will be biting us again, and likely soon. It'll take an entire day, maybe more to repair. If it rips the gears out, maybe a few days to get parts.
We have NEVER had any bearings in a chopper head go bad....ever! Things are just so poorly built these days. This chopper is just a few years old. Our other chopper we have set up for wheat & I can't remember if we still even have a corn head for it.