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Swing Angle Combine Hitch
A "swing angle" hitch that provides better pickup and practically eliminates side draft on pull-type combines is now on the market. The prototype was first featured in FARM SHOW 2 years ago.
Developed by Manitoba farmer Alex McWilliams, the new hitch swings the entire combine body by up to 22? to approach the windrow at an angle rather than head-on.
"It simply makes the pickup more efficient. The pickup fingers cross the swath at an angle, picking up the crop crosswise. It lets the combine pick up any swath quickly and without hesitation so the crop isn't dragged or missed completely. The device is particularly good in thin or downed crops."
Installing the angle kit on a pull-type combine brings it in directly behind the tractor. This puts the pto shaft in a straight line which cuts down on vibration and, according to McWilliams, practically eliminates the side-draft problem with most pull-type combines on rolling land.
The angle kit consists of a steering assembly that mounts on the end of the combine axles. It's powered by tractor hydraulics. The kit sells for around $2,000, depending on the model.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alex McWilliams, Glendale Manufacturing, 750 Douglas St., Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (ph 204 727-7282).

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