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Kuchar Introduces Rotor For Case-IH Axial-Flow Combines
George Kuchar, better known as the "Combine Man", has been manufacturing specialized high-performance combine parts for years. He unveiled his latest patent-pending combine add-on at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
  It's a "high-inertia" rotor for Case-IH combines that's designed to improve performance in any crop.
  The new rotor is actually a rebuilt Case-IH rotor. Kuchar "re-skins" the rotor with a 1/4-in. thick material and then re-attaches the rub bars in a more open design which allows the crop to go through faster without "slugging down" the rotor. That results in a better job of threshing and separating without tearing up the crop material and overloading the sieves, says Kuchar. Also, the crop material pulls through more easily which reduces wear and tear to the combine belts, bearings, and the rotor drive system. The combine also uses less fuel.
  "It takes only about two turns of the rotor for the crop to go through, compared to four times with the original rotor with the vanes in the fast position," says Kuchar. "The new rotor sounds more like a conventional combine equipped with concaves and cylinders. When a slug goes in, you don't hear a thump every time the rotor goes around. Instead, you just hear one thump and then the crop is out."
  A Kuchar rotor for Case-IH 60 series combines sells for about $4,000 plus S&H. Rotors for the 80 series sell for about $4,700 plus S&H.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kuchar Combine Performance, Box 595, Carlinville, Ill. 62626 (ph 217 854-9838; fax 6076; Website: www.Kucharcombines.com).

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