2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Combine Head Snow Bucket
"The header was originally equipped with a Sund pickup and mounted on a 1400 New Holland combine. After the combine became inoperable because of a burned-out engine, the header was useless. Since no one uses these older headers any more, I decided to make a 13-ft. wide snow bucket out of it."
Gutschmidt says his finished unit works great on large level surfaces like driveways and parking lots.
He first stripped down the header by removing the pickup (which he moved to one of his Deere headers), and the large conveying auger (which he sold for scrap iron). Next, he added 1/4-in. thick steel to the sides to strengthen the relatively light-gauge ends of the header.
"I also mounted wear skids on the bottom so it doesn't dig into unfrozen ground. On the front edge I mounted a heavy-duty steel beveled cutting edge. I bolted to existing holes that were already in there for attaching the guards," he explains. "On the rear opening, I installed a plate with attaching brackets to adapt to my 740 JD loader."
Gutschmidt says any brand header could be modified to make the snow scoop.
"These headers are quite cheap. In fact, you see a lot of them setting in the trees on farms where they aren't used any more. Since I got the header for free, my costs to make this scoop were about $200."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gutschmidt Manufacturing LLC, Roger Gutschmidt, 6651, Hwy. 56, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 (ph 701 698-2310; shopdoc@ drtel.net).
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