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1063 cornhead any issues??

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We are looking at a 1063 corn head.   What to look for?   Any problems?    Did they all have single drive shafts?     We are currently running a Deere 643 on the 1480.  

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X2  (IS THE BEST IH MADE). 1000 series is the CLOSEST thing you'll get to a chopping corn head, if the knives are set up properly. The biggest issue was no hyd adjusted deck plates, but we put aftermarket ones from VH Mfg on our 1083 10 years ago and it does better than most heads today, gear boxes are bullet proof.

Unless you go all the way to the new 4000 series, all your getting is the warmed over POS New Holland head.

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Early 1000 heads had brass bushing instead of water pump bearings on the lower stalk tolls. They can be converted if not.

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From what I have found out;

1000 series is a proven head that chops great, just not many other features and usually skinned in steel

2000 series is poly and with Calmer rolls is a great chopping head 

3000 series is back to the 4 blade tip to tip design like the 1000 series

4000 series has some improvements over the 3000

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800 and 900 heads had the brass bushings. The 1000's had two needle bearings on each shaft. The brass bushings would slowly wear out after a lot of use, but the needle bearings would go out. Even when well greased. CaseIH then came out with the water pump type bearing kits. Sold hundreds of them. They included two shafts with a bearing and supports. Huge improvement. We learned early on to make sure the set screw was loctited in or it would work its way out and the shaft would spin in the support. If the head has grease lines it has the needle bearings. The other wear item to look for is the square couplers on the rear of the stalk roll that connects it to the gearbox. They tended to round out after lots of acres. All 1063 used the 60 heavy double drive chain and drove off one side. We used the Diamond chain from CaseIH.  From memory the only other item was the slip clutch bevel washers. They would crack once and awhile. Not a big issue. Also look at the back of the gather frame. There should be a triangle shaped point between the stalk rolls that helps snap the stalk. They wore off. CaseIH offered a weld on replacement point. It was in a service bulletin. I had it written in my parts book. Overall a real good head.  

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......also the late 1000 series had an auger slip clutch and springs on the gearboxes instead of the belleville  washer which tends to crack. Both huge improvements.

X2 on using loctite on the set screws.

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