Stripper Headers are designed to give significant benefits in combine harvesting capacity and efficiency. All modern combines are designed to first thresh a crop and then separate and clean it. When using a Stripper Header the bulk of the crop is already threshed and the material being fed into the combine is proportionally much higher in grain content.

Because of these differences, to maximise the potential of the Shelbourne Header and combine combination, the combine must be set up differently compared to using a conventional header. The purpose of this guide book is to highlight these set up procedures and provide operators with a good starting point in terms of settings to take to the field. Fine tuning once you arrive at the field will almost always be necessary as no two fields have exactly the same harvesting characteristics.

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JD STS 50/60/70 Series and S660/670/760/770 Combine Settings

Wheat (10-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)Rice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
Feeder House Drive Sprocket26 tooth26 tooth26 tooth26 tooth
Feed AcceleratorFastFastFastFast
1st ConcaveSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound Bar
2nd ConcaveSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound Bar
3rd ConcaveSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound Bar
Concave Closer BandsFitted 1st, 2nd & 5th positionFitted 1st, 2nd & 5th positionFitted 1st, 2nd & 5th positionNone Fitted
Separator Grate Closer Plates3 rows on left3 rows on left3 rows on left3 rows on left
L/H Auger Bed DeflectorExtendedExtendedExtendedExtended
R/H Auger Bed DeflectorDownDownDownDown
Sidehill Chaffer PlatesRemovedRemovedRemovedRemoved
Concave Position0-40-40-64--8
Combine Rotor Speed (rpm)650600550500
Cleaning Fan (rpm)1200 (*900)1250 (*1000)1350 (*1150)1350 (*1150)
Top Chaffer17171922
Bottom Sieve67822
* Applies to 60/70 series and S660/670/760/770 JD combines not 50 Series

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.

JD Rotary Combine Trouble Shooting

The most critical aspect of setting up a Rotary combine and stripper header is ensuring that an even load of material is maintained across the full width of the sieve from the rotor and that the material is split evenly between the rotor and sieves for separation. The direction of the rotor naturally tends to load the left side of the sieve, this then leads to losses on the left side and under-utilisation of the right side of the machine. In order to create an equal loading the sidehill sieve dividers and plates must be removed to allow the material to spread out, the right side shoe feed auger deflector must be removed and the left side auger deflector must be adjusted all the way out. Rear Separator blanking plates can then be used to fine tune the job, generally either 2 or 3 rows (8 or 12) are needed. It is very important to perform a ‘kill stop’ (stop the combine fully loaded) to check the grain and material other than grain (M.O.G.) distribution patterns within the combine.

The combine is not feeding smoothly Ensure that the feed accelerator roller at the top of the feeder house is in the fast position (inner pulleys) and that the large (26 tooth) feeder chain drive sprocket is fitted on the right side at the front of the feederhouse.
If ‘slugging’ is still experienced it may be necessary to lower the concaves.

Combine rotor loss is experienced Raise concaves to ensure grain is forced through, adjust rotor speed & check grain loss monitor.

Combine sieve loss is experienced Generally opening up the sieves more and increasing the fan speed will give greater sieve capacity, ensure that the balance is correct of splitting the load between the sieves and rotor, it may be that the rotor is way under capacity yet you are overloading the sieves. In this case it will be necessary to fit more blanking bands in the rotor to prevent such a high proportion of material falling onto the sieves.

Unthreshed heads appear in grain sample In this case it will be necessary to either close the concave a little to provide better threshing or fit additional concave blanking bands. It is initially recommended to fit these in position 1, 2 and 5. It may be necessary to fit these in position 3 also. In particularly tough threshing varieties it might be beneficial to close the bottom sieve and run these unthreshed heads through the combines return system.

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JD 9600/9610/9650/9660 Straw Walker Combine Settings

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)Rice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
Concave Front Closure PlatesFittedFittedNoneNone
Concave Rear InsertsFittedFittedFittedNone
Feeder Housre Drive SprocketLarge (26 Tooth)Large (26 Tooth)Large (26 Tooth)Large (26 Tooth)
Concave PositionClosed/levelClosed/levelClosed/level0-4
Cylinder Speed800800750650
Cleaning Fan (rpm)1200(*1000)1250(*1050)1300(*1100)1350(*1100)
Pre-cleanerClosedClosedClosedSlightly Open
Top Chaffer60% open70% open75% open100% open
Bottom Sieve20% open30% open40% open100% open
* 60/70 Series ** Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers and front feeder house drum down

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.

JD Walker Machine Trouble Shooting

The most critical aspect of setting up a JD Straw Walker combine to work successfully with a stripper header is to first ensure that the concave and rasp bars are in good working order (i.e. there is minimal wear and no damage). The wear on the concave can be visually checked by removing the side inspection covers. Wear will always be in the centre of the concave. In order for the combine to perform correctly with a Stripper Header; the centre of the concave must be no more than 1/8th inch lower than the outside. The same applies to the rasp bars. Ensure that there are no broken wires or damaged bars. Once the condition of the concave has been checked it is very important to correctly adjust it. The concave should be adjusted so that it is level from side to side and as close as it will go to the rasp bars without touching them. This adjustment is made by loosening the actuator stop on the right side. First lower the concave a little then raise it and adjust the level from side to side (it is important to perform any adjustments immediately after operating the concave in an upwards direction). Once the concave has been levelled the clearance can be adjusted by raising it until it hits the cylinder then lowering the concave a small clearance is attained then re-tightening the actuator stop. The concave clearance in the rear inspection hole is generally around 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch at the front inspection door.

Combine Straw Walker loss is experienced:
Raise concaves to ensure grain is forced through, adjust cylinder speed and check grain loss monitor. If loss persists check that the concave is not plugged, remove front concave blanking plates if the sample is clean and Straw Walker loss persists.

Combine sieve loss is experienced:
Generally opening up the sieves more and increasing the fan speed will give greater sieve capacity, ensure that the balance is correct of splitting the load between the sieves and straw walkers, it may be that the walkers are way under capacity yet you are overloading the sieves. In this case it will be necessary to fit 2 rows of rear concave inserts to prevent such a high proportion of material falling onto the sieves.

Unthreshed heads appear in grain sample:
In this case it will be necessary to either close the concave a little to provide better threshing or fit additional concave blanking plates. In particularly tough threshing varieties it may be necessary to close the bottom sieve and run these unthreshed heads through the combines return system.

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JD S Series 680/690 and 780/790

Wheat 10-30 bu/acWheat 30-50 bu/acWheat >50 bu/acRice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
Feeder House Drive Sprocket26 tooth26 tooth26 tooth26 tooth
Feed AcceleratorFastFastFastFast
1st ConcaveSmall WireSmall WireSmall WireRound Bar
2nd ConcaveSmall WireSmall WireSmall WireRound Bar
3rd ConcaveSmall WireSmall WireSmall WireRound Bar
Concave Closer Bands1st, 2nd & 3rd1st, 2nd & 3rd1st, 2nd & 3rdNone
Separator Grate Closer Plates3 rows on left3 rows on left3 rows on left3 rows on left
L/H Auger Bed DeflectorExtendedExtendedExtendedExtended
R/H Auger Bed DeflectorDownDownDownDown
Sidehill Chaffer PlatesRemovedRemovedRemovedRemoved
Pre Cleaner ExtentionRemovedRemovedRemovedRemoved
Active Tailings SystemSmall GrainSmall GrainSmall GrainSmall Grain
Concave Position0-40-40-64--8
Combine Rotor Speed (rpm)650600550500
Cleaning Fan (rpm)90010001150950
Top Chaffer17171922
Bottom Sieve67822

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.
*Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers and front feeder house drum down

Case-IH <7088/51-61-7130, 40 and 50 Series

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat(>50 bu/ac)Rice
FeederHouse Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
1st ConcaveSmall wire with int barSmall wire with int barSmall wireLarge wire (every 2nd removed)
2nd ConcaveSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireLarge wire (every 2nd removed)
3rd ConcaveSmall wireSmall wireLarge wireLarge wire (every 2nd removed)
Rear GratesKeystockKeystockKeystockShelbourne Keystock
Front Rotor Threshing BarsRaspRaspRaspRasp
Rear Rotor Threshing BarsRaspRaspRaspSpike
Staight Corn Bars (AFX)121212as required
Concave PositionClosedClosedClosedClosed
Combine Rotor Speed (rpm)650600550500
Cleaning Fan (rpm)1100125013001300
Top Chaffer Position60%60%70%80%
Bottom Sieve Position30%30%40%100%

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is dertermined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200
* Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers & front drum position down

Case-IH Trouble Shooting

The most critical aspect of setting up a Case-IH axle flow combine and stripper header is ensuring that an even load of material is maintained across the full width of the sieve from the rotor and that the material is split evenly between the rotor and sieves for separation. The direction of the rotor naturally tends to load the left side of the sieve, this then leads to losses on the left side and under-utilisation of the right side of the machine. In order to create an equal loading the concaves must be centralised on the rotor, then it may be necessary, particularly in rice to fit a second paddle to the left side shoe feed auger.

The combine is not feeding smoothly
Check Auger RPM<200. Check Auger adjustment. Check feeder house adjustment. Minimise the distance between the feeder house chain and header auger using the adapter plate tilt adjustment bolts (CVS/RSD only) or by extending the feeder chain.

Combine rotor loss is experienced
Raise concaves to ensure grain is forced through, adjust rotor speed & check grain loss monitor. It may become necessary to retard the veins above the rear section of the rotor. It is important to ensure that straight corn bars are fitted to the rear section of the rotor.

Combine sieve loss is experienced
Generally opening up the sieves more and increasing the fan speed will give greater sieve capacity, ensure that the balance is correct of splitting the load between the sieves and rotor, it may be that the rotor is way under capacity yet you are overloading the sieves. In this case it will be necessary to fit more blanking plates or interuptor bars in the rotor to prevent such a high proportion of material falling onto the sieves.

Unthreshed heads appear in grain sample
In this case it will be necessary to either close the concave a little to provide better threshing or fit additional blanking plates or interuptor bars. In particularly tough threshing varieties it might be beneficial to close the bottom sieve and run these unthreshed heads through the combines return system.

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CIH Flagship 10/20/30/40/50 Series

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)Rice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
1st Left ModuleSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound
1st Right ModuleSmall Hard ThrashSmall Hard ThrashSmall wireRound
2nd Left ModuleSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound
2nd Right ModuleSmall wireSmall wireSmall wireRound
3rd Left ModuleLarge wireLarge wireLargewireRound bar
3rd Right ModuleLarge wireLarge wireLargewireRound bar
4th Concave Module LeftLarge wireLarge wireLg SkipwireRound bar
4th Concave Module RightLargewireLarge wireLg Skip wireRound bar
Front Rotor Threshing BarsRaspRaspRaspRasp
Rear Rotor Threshing BarsRaspRaspRaspSpike
Straight Corn Bars121212As required
Concave Position0-4mm0-4mm0-6mm7-10mm
Combine Rotor Speed (rpm)700-900650-900600-900550
Cleaning Fan (rpm)950-1050950-10501000-11001100
Pre-Cleaner Position<2<3<33
Top Chaffer Position14-17mm14-17mm17-19mm18-24mm
Bottom Sieve Position7-10mm7-10mm7-11mm18-24mm
Rear Rotor Transport VeinsSlowSlowSlowSlow
* Large Dia. Rotor Only

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.
*Augers with Spiral Paddles Require No Fingers & Front Drum Position Down

Lexion Combine Settings

5/6/700 Series Wheat5/6/700 Series Rice400 Series Wheat400 Series Rice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
De Arwning PlatesClosedOpenClosedOpen
Pre ConcavesSm Grain 6.5x40mmCorn/Sm Grain 10x40mmSm Grain6.5x40mmCorn/Sm Grain 10x40mm
Concave Position10mm13mm10mm13mm
APS Threshing Speed (rpm)650 (+/- 100)650 (+/- 100)650 (+/- 100)650 (+/- 100)
Twin Rotor Speed (rpm)640 (+/- 100)640 (+/- 100)CAT470=650rpm CAT480=600rpmCAT470=600rpm CAT480=500-550rpm
Fan (rpm)110012501400-15001500
Top Chaffer11mm13mm11mm15mm
Bottom Chaffer8mm13mm8mm13mm

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Top Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200
*Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers and front feeder house drum down

New Holland CR Range Combine Settings

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)Rice
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
ConcavesSmall WireSmall WireSmall WireRound Bar
Concave Cover Plates4 Covers in Front4 Covers in FrontNoneNone
Concave Position10mm13mm13mm19mm
Combine Rotors1200110010001000
Cleaning Fan (rpm)1000105011001100
Pre-CleanerClosedClosedClosedSlightly Open
Top Chaffer60% Open70% Open75% Open100% Open
Bottom Sieve20% Open30% Open40% Open100% Open

Combine Feeder House Chain PositionHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Headers with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger with paddles, chain should be down.
Front Dust CoverTop section removed if retractable fingers fitted in auger and feeder house chain up, if no retractable fingers fitted then all sections fitted
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.
* Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers and front feeder house drum down

Gleaner R Series Combine Settings

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)
Combine Feeder House Chain Position UpperUpUpUp
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
ConcavesSmall WireSmall WireSmall Wire
Concave PositionCentred / 0-2Centered / 0-2Centered / 0-2
Filler Bars1,2,3,41,2,3,41,2,3
Combine Rotors550650750
Return SystemTo CylinderTo CylinderTo Cylinder
Cleaning Fan100%100%100%
Top Chaffer1/2"1/2"3/4"
Bottom Sieve1/4"1/4"1/2"

Combine Feeder House Chain Position LowerHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Heads with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger, chain should be down.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200
* Augers with spiral paddles require no fingers and front feeder house drum down

Gleaner S Series Combine Settings

Wheat (0-30 bu/ac)Wheat (30-50 bu/ac)Wheat (>50 bu/ac)
Combine Feeder House Chain Position UpperUpUpUp
Feeder House Face PlateTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combineTilted back towards combine
ConcavesSmall GrainSmall GrainSmall Grain
Concave Position0-20-20-2
Filler Bars Concaves 1 & 21, 2, 3, 41, 2, 3, 41, 2, 3, 4
Filler Bars Concaves 3 & 41, 2, 31, 2, 31, 2, 3
Combine Rotors550650750
Return SystemTo CylinderTo CylinderTo Cylinder
Cleaning Fan75%85%100%
Top Chaffer1/2"1/2"3/4"
Bottom Sieve1/4"1/4"1/2"

Combine Feeder House Chain Position LowerHeaders with retractable fingers in the auger, chain should be up. Heads with NO retractable fingers, fully flighted auger, chain should be down.
Header Rotor Speed (rpm)Stripping rotor should be run as slow as possible and still stripping the grain from the head.
Header Auger Speed (rpm)Header auger speed is fixed and is determined by auger drive sprocket, should always be under 200.

Trouble Shooting

The header is leaving grain on the head-
Speed up the stripping rotor also check fingers for wear

The header is tearing the complete head off-
Slow down the stripping rotor

There is excessive header loss-
Slow the rotor speed and increase ground speed

The auger is plugging-
Check there is at least 3/4” clearance under the auger

The combine is not feeding smoothly-
Reference the combine & header operators manual. Check auger adjustment, check adapter plate adjustment. (CX/RX/CVS/RVS/RSD)

Lower heads are being missed-
Lower the Header, open the crop deflector, or increase the stripping speed.

Grain can be seen shooting out from underneath the front of the crop deflector-
Lower the header and raise the crop deflector or try increasing stripping rotor speed.

Missing a narrow strip of heads between rotors-
Adjust center rotor fingers closer to division plate also check center fingers for wear.

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