2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old Case Combine Makes Great Sprayer, Snowplow
He found the combine sitting in a neighbor's woods and got it for nothing. He pulled it home and stripped it down to the cab. He made a new frame out of 8-in. channel iron, keeping the wheelbase at its original length. He mounted the engine where the threshing cylinder had been, then mounted a 550-gal. tank behind the engine. A 45-ft. long, 3-pt. mounted boom mounts in place of the header. The header's lift cylinder is used to raise and lower the boom up to 4 ft. off the ground.
"The cab sits up high so I have a great view, and the 4-cyl. engine is very fuel efficient," says Alles. "I spent only about $2,800 to build it. Recently I added some foam markers to the boom."
A couple of years after building the sprayer, Alles found an old anhydrous toolbar and decided to mount it on front for side dressing field corn. "It works well because I can straddle three rows instead of two, which allows me to side dress without skipping any rows," he says.
He also converted an old state highway snow plow for use on front of the machine. "Whenever the toolbar or snow blade is attached, I have to add weights to the back in order to steer effectively. All the attachments for this machine 'quick tatch' for easy hookup," he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Denny Alles, 2918 E. 1000 N., Roanoke, Ind. 46783 (ph 260 672-3135).
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