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Narrow-Wheeled Sprayer Built Out Of Old Combine
Manitoba farmer Arlin Penner couldn't justify the cost of a new self-propelled sprayer. So he did what a lot of other farmers have done in recent years. He converted a 1974 New Holland 1400 combine into a high-wheeled sprayer.
  "I use it mostly to do in-crop spraying in wheat and barley. I already had the combine and spent about $15,000 to modify it. A new sprayer of this type would have cost $100,000 or more," notes Penner.
  He removed the feederhouse and mounted a 90-ft. boom on front. He also removed the cylinder, concaves, and straw walkers to install a 1,000-gal. tank on back that he made out of stainless steel. "I tried to find a commercial tank that would fit in there but I couldn't so I made my own," says Penner. The sprayer pump runs off the thresher clutch.
  He removed the original tires and replaced them with narrow 12.4 by 46 ones on front (off a Ro-Gator) and 11.2 by 28 ones on back.
  "I use it during the fall to spray pre-harvest Roundup on wheat and barley. The tall, narrow tires are easy on the crop," says Penner. "It doesn't have 4-WD so if it's really muddy it doesn't work the best, but otherwise it does everything I need it to. I had been using a pull-type sprayer and sometimes hiring someone to come out, but I couldn't always depend on them to come out when I needed them. At first I used a 90-ft. boom, but then I bought a 40-ft. air seeder and went to tramlines, so I cut the boom down to 80 ft.," says Penner, who adds that he also bolted a plastic skid plate under the combine to deflect grain.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arlin Penner, Box 89, Elma, Manitoba, Canada R0E 0Z0 (ph 204

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5