1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Retrofit Kit For Older Deere Self-Propelled Forage ChoppersI also offer a retrofit kit for older Deere self-propelled forage choppers that replaces the augers between the cutterhead and blower. The problem is the augers have to carry material about 6 ft. which requires a lot of power. Also, the material moves back so slowly that by the time you turn at the end of the field some of it may miss the wagon. The kit consists of a simple steel pan that bolts in place under the cutterhead. It has no moving parts but instead relies on cutterhead inertia and suction from the blower to move the material. If it plugs up you can open a door at the bottom and clean out the material. It doesn't work with haylage because it can stick to the pan. Sells for about $650. (Terry Therkilsen, Progressive Designs, Rt. 1, Box 146, Comfrey, Minn. 56019 ph 507 723-6130)
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