Besides that, the hillside rig makes spraying easier in the steep hills he farms. While the 20 to 25 year-old cutaway combine levels front to back and sideways, the 50-ft. wide spray boom runs at a height level to the ground, supported by discarded motorcycle wheels at either end of the boom.
Reams bought the old Massey combine for $50 from a neighbor and cut away everything he didn't need. Front and rear wheels run in a single track, 8 to 9 ft. apart. Rather than use a ground-driven pump, he runs the spray pump off the unloading auger.
The only disadvantage of the machine, according to Reams, is its relatively slow speed. "It travels about 6 mph on the highway and I spray at about 3 mph in the field. Power is good enough to work in a plowed field," he adds.
Reams' unique rig has been in use for 5 years now and he recently bought another Super 27 to build himself a second rig. He says there are plenty of old hillside combines around that would serve the same purpose in hilly fields.
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