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Loader Tractor Built Out Of Old Combine: Part II
About 17 years ago William Leiser, Grand Island, Neb., built a pair of loader tractors out of old combines (Vol. 17, No. 2). At the time his sons, Jared and Dan, were only 4 and 7 years old. They're 21 and 24 now so they convinced their dad to help them build an even better combine loader. Working together last winter, they built a loader tractor out of a 1980 IH 1460 combine. It's equipped with a Buhler 2795 loader with grapple fork.
††††"It worked out well and has been a very usable piece of machinery," says William. "We use it every day to feed livestock and during the winter to remove snow. The three of us agreed in the beginning to split all expenses. Our total cost was less than $8,000 which I think is very reasonable," says William.
††††They started by removing all components from the combine that they wanted to use Ż including the axles, cab, diesel engine, and hydrostat transmission Ż and then mounting them on a home-built frame made from 8-in. tubular steel. They narrowed up the front axle by 29 in. and welded it onto the frame. Then they mounted the combine's body onto the frame and built quick-tach mounting brackets for the loader.
††††The men also converted a 1966 IH combine into a loader tractor. A 6-cyl. gas engine powers it, and it's equipped with a Buhler 2596 loader.
††††Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William G. Leiser, 4425 N. Engleman Rd., Grand Island, Neb. 68803 (ph 308 390-3078).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3