1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Swing Angle Combine Hitch
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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