Pickup reel chain on my NH311 has broken twice today. New chain I replaced last year. Have had no issues and then today broke at the master link. Replaced it and broke 30 bales later.
It broke on the master link both times, which is the weakest link so it makes sense. But while I totally forgot about making sure the closed end is in direction of travel, I did just happen to have it that way. If I’m correct about which way the direction of travel in as I’m reconstructing it in my head.Did it break on the master link both times? If so do you have closed end of master link towards direction of travel?
I checked the reel. It turns very freely by hand and no bad sounds.Something in the pickup reel catching perhaps. Worn cam track catching the cam follower bearing maybe.
No it’s a new chain I had replaced last year. I replaced it last year because the old chain had broke. I chalked it up to being an old chain but now makes me wonder if it was the early sign of this current symptom. That was thousands of bales ago though.Is the chain old or stretched? You can find measurements online to find out how stretched is considered too much. I had the same issue on a round baler. Always the master link but the times I did find the link it wasn't broken. It was like the clip popped off and it just fell apart. Replaced the chain and never had an issue after that.