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Python Combine Still Going Strong
That all-new Canadian-built combine that we told you about last year (Vol. 28, No. 4) was on display again recently at the Western Canada Farm Progress Show.
  Called the Python, it was designed and built from the ground up by Rite Way Mfg. of Imperial, Sask. What makes the new machine unique is that 75 percent of all belts and pulleys have been replaced with hydraulic motors, all without sacrificing quality, power, operator comfort, or safety, according to the company. The operator can adjust the speed and direction of each hydraulic motor individually to regulate flow, as needed, to adapt to changing harvest conditions.
  President Les Hulicsko says there has been a lot of interest in the combine because it's much simpler to operate and maintain. However, marketing progress has been delayed due to extremely wet weather ever since its introduction. "It has been so wet here that we couldn't conduct all the tests we wanted last year. We're a full year behind in testing. We had planned to have 10 machines for sale this year, but we have just four. The price is $225,000 (Can.) which is around $170,000 U.S.
  Several custom combiners from the U.S. have expressed interest in taking machines to the U.S. and leasing them with the option to buy."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rite Way Mfg. Co. Ltd., P.O. Box 37120, Regina, Sask., Canada S4S 7K3 (ph 306 337-4440; email: info@pythoncombine.com; website: www.ritewaymfg.com).

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