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Flanges Replaced on Deere Combine Pickup
Ken Albrecht, Prelate, Sask.: Ken says Deere combine pickups are the best ever built, but the stamped tin flanges on the end of the castor wheels cause problems.
"When the flanges break, as they do frequently, the corner of the pickup runs in the ground. That puts stress on the swath hold-down tines, eventually breaking the mounts and sending the tines through the table auger.
"I replaced the flanges with rigid steel mounts that swivel but keep the wheels and the frame square. This eliminates bearing stress and prevents the drapers from burning through the side panels.
"I built a few extra sets of the mounts, which install in minutes, that I'd sell for $130 (Canadian) per pair, complete with bolts and hardware."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Albrecht, Box 136, Prelate, Sask., Canada S0N 2B0 (ph 306 673-2345).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2