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IH Combine Converted Into Round Bale Hauler
My brother John and I recently finished converting an International 303 self-propelled combine into a round bale hauler. We bought the combine from Jim Streeter of Shell Lake, Wis., who had already started work on the project. We call it the Streeter 303 special.
  We use it to haul 1,000 to 1,200-lb. bales off the field. We make about 1,000 round bales a year for our beef cattle so it gets a lot of use. The big glass window up front provides a great view. We had been using an Oliver 1655 tractor equipped with a front-end loader but it was slow and cumbersome and the loader was built too light for our needs. Before we built this bale handler, we looked at skid steer loaders but felt we couldn't justify the cost. We paid $375 for the combine which is equipped with tilting bale forks on front. The bale forks are operated by an extra hydraulic valve that runs off the combine's hydraulic pump which used to operate the header. It can load bales one high on a trailer. (Thomas Biver, 24684 King Road, Spooner, Wis. 54801 ph 715 635-2851)

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #1