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Combine Clean Out Made Easy
"These modifications make it easier to perform routine service on my Gleaner. They'll work on other combines, too," says Ron Ball, Menlo, Kan.
Ball's first modification involves removing the body panel at the very rear of the combine behind the straw walkers and above the straw choppers. Substituting the pop rivets on the panel with bolts makes it easier to perform several routine chores including cleaning cobs out of walkers, replacing sensor wires, cleaning out plugged chopper hammers, and replacing chopper hammers and straw walkers.
He first removed the pop rivets on the panel. Then he remounted it on a frame made from 1?-in. angle iron, and bolted that in place with four 1?-in. bolts. To gain access now he simply removes the four bolts and lifts off the entire panel. Ball says he's tried hinging the panel but notes that the bolt-on method is the most secure.
Ball also modified the bin auger drive chain inspection door that's inside the bin. "I removed the two sheet metal screws that are on the door, which always seem to get lost when you take them out, and replaced them with two heavy snap-locks. Now, instead of crawling into the bin to undo the screws, we merely flip the snaps to fold out the panel."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Ball, Rt. 1, Box 13, Menlo, Kan. 67746 (ph 913 855-2370).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2