2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
I bought a 1976 Model M Gleaner for $2,000. It has a good diesel motor and power train. We totally gutted the grain cleaning components. We narrowed the header to 10 ft. I had a 1986 pull-type sprayer with a 60-ft. boom. We narrowed the main frame of the sprayer to 10 ft. The sprayer had a ground-driven pump so we put a sprocket on the driveshaft and also used a jack shaft, and mounted the pump where the fan used to be. One of the electric reel control switches was used for the solenoid to shut the booms on and off. The spray tank bottom-fills with a Honda water pump. I mounted a small chemical fill box on the side where we dump in the chemicals. A venturi valve sucks chemicals into the tank. A 1/2-in. dia. stand pipe in the box is used to wash out chemical jugs.
The engine access ladder was moved from the left to the right side of the machine.
Ken Jones and I worked on the combine sprayer for 45 afternoons in February and March, 2000. After two seasons and about 2,000 acres sprayed, we're very happy with the results. I spray in road gear at 9 to 10 mph. Total cost was about $7,000, not including labor.
Old Gleaners never die! (Bill Rynsburger, Site 23, Box 7, RR2, Stn Main, Grande Prairie, Alta. T8V 2Z9 Canada ph 780 532-6566)
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