2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
How To Repair Broken Sickle Guards
"The student's dad had saved the broken guards and put them in a pail in his shop. After we rebuilt the guards he bolted them back onto his Deere soybean header. We made both two and three-section guards. He saved a lot of money because new triple guards sell for $45 apiece or more, and new double guards for at least $20," says Taylor.
The jig is made from an 8-in. length of 3/8-in. thick angle iron and has a length of 7/8-in. dia. round bar welded onto one edge of it. The rod is there to line everything up. They set the grooved side of an unbroken guard down over the bar, then drill a pair of holes in the jig and insert studs through them. They put a nut on each stud to keep the guard in place, then weld in new material on both sides of the broken guard. When they're done they unbolt the guards from the jig.
"It works good. In fact, the student said his dad has had better luck using the sickle guards we welded together than he did with new ones, because they weren't as likely to break," says Taylor. "The round bar has to be in precisely the right place in order to hold everything together correctly."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Taylor, P. O. Box 123, Bouckville, N.Y. 13310 (ph 315 527-8262; Taylorjd@Morris ville.edu).
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