They will probably be in stock but in my experience will be the same price as Messicks. Dealer pricing doesn’t seem to different significantly.When it cools off, it is setting in the sun and its freaking HOT out there right now. There are matching cuts on the back side, offset just like one would see from the plunger knives. Without springs to pull it back, it was easy to kick that tooth up 90* and make it stick to the outside of the other tooth. There is just enough play that the tooth can be moved to the outside of the front teeth, front being the set facing the plunger. That notch is how far away from the front tooth it sticks out when stuck to the outside of the front tooth. This is the tooth at the rear of the chamber, closest side to the fixed knife. When I get a chance i will see if I can get up to see the knives and check for damage too. I just got an endoscope for fathers day, I got a first use case for it right here.
I did go out and sitting on the ground, in the shade of the machine I was able to rotate the flywheel and observe the movements. Those marks must have been in that tooth when I got the machine, There IS no freaking way that tooth could get caught in the knives unless the tooth was ripped out of the holder. The carriage is no where near the plunger when it starts coming forward. It can get stuck against the first set without the springs, that I know as fact because that is how I found out the springs were missing. Thats where the shiny spot came from, but the knife marks, that must have happened in the past with it coming out the holder. thats good, that means the shear bolt broke because it was the incorrect one for the amount of grass being fed into it. I am going to Messicks page now to find the correct bolts, check their price with shipping and check with the NH dealer I bought the tedder from to see if they are less expensive and in stock. For Case/IH parts, they are the same as my Kubota Dealer, so I get the parts locally, but the NH parts I got through them, I just found a local one, if a 43 minute drive is considered local.