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Straw Spreader Blower
"We need to spread out the straw from our no-till wheat when combining so we can get through with a drill. There's equipment on the market for spreading straw behind the combine but it can cost $3,000 and more. I decided there had to be a simpler way to make a blower," says South Dakota farmer, Don Perrion, of Ipswich, who says his straw blower can be built for less than $500.
Perrion rigged up an old 24-in. dia., 8-in. wide blower on the back of his 914 International pull-type combine that blows straw 20-ft. on either side of the machine. The blower turns at about 3,000 rpms and is belt driven off the straw chopper drive.
The fan shoots air through a 6-in. dia. stove pipe. A "T" at the end of the pipe diverts air to either side of the straw spreader. The flat plate above the spreader fins helps channel air out to the sides. Perrion spread the two inside straw spreader fins out so they now direct straw right into the air stream.
Perrion notes that the blower could easily be adapted to fit nearly any self-propelled or pull-type combine. At least one manufacturer is considering building the straw blower.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Perrion, R.R. 1, Box 62, Ipswich, S. Dak. 57451 (ph 605 426-6539).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #2