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Self Propelled Grain Cart Built From Combine
"The main reason we built it was for unloading the combine on-the-go," says Andy Hortenstine about a self-propelled grain cart he, his brothers and dad built out of an old combine.
  The Ramsey, Ill., farmers started with a worn out 1976 International 915 combine. They stripped the combine down to the frame which they reinforced with channel iron to handle the weight of the big grain box. Next, they lowered the 414 cu. in. diesel engine 6 ft., remounting it on the original rails, to ensure the unloading auger would clear the engine.
  A grain box was fabricated out of 3/16-in. thick sheet steel and mounted to the right of the cab. It holds 400 to 450 bu.
  The Hortenstines purchased a J&M 14- in. dia. unloading auger and mounted it on the left side of the box. It unloads the cart in three to four minutes.
  "It really keeps the combine moving," he says.
  Out-of-pocket expense was a little over $2,000, including $1,500 for the auger.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andy Hortenstine, R.R. 1, Box 323, Ramsey, Ill. 62080 (ph 618 423-2861).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2