1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Modification Kit For Massey Combines"Every Massey combine built since 1965 needs this kit," says Rick Wildfong, of B & D Equipment, Craik, Sask., manufacturer of a new 2-sieve modification for every U.S. or Canadian-built Massey Ferguson combine.
B & D Equipment builds modified equipment for combines as recommended by the late Ray Stueckle, combine expert and author of "Combine Settings for Better Harvesting" The firm makes and distributes the Air Foil chaffer, a specially designed non-adjustable sieve that's built to spread air flow out evenly across the entire surface of the chaffer, which is a part of the new modification kit. Wildfong says Stueckle worked on the Massey modification plan before he died last year.
The problem with Massey combines, according to Wildfong, is in the fan, the fan throat, and position of the cleaning sieves. "Because the fan sits so high off the bottom housing, most of the air is pumped up along the upper half of the fan throat. The bottom of the throat is practically dead. Air travels up the throat striking the underside of the shaker pan and finger brace, resulting in a horizontal dead air space approximately 18 in. long on 800 series combines. This flattens out the flow of air that should be coming up the chaffer so that there's little vertical lift. Because of the position of the three sieves, air simply takes the path of least resistance and blows out the open spaces between the sieves at the rear," he explains.
To install the kit, you remove the top and middle sieves and replace the top sieve with an Air Foil chaffer. Air flow in the fan throat is redirected by installing new throat tin that forces air downward. Also, the rear of the sieves is closed off so air can't escape but is forced upwards.
The kit takes about an hour to install and requires no cutting or welding. Wildfong says some farmers go one step further and lengthen the blades on the cleaning fan to aid air flow. The kit costs $600 and different models are available for Massey 750, 760, 850, 860, 410, and 510 models.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, B & D Equipment Ltd., Box 222, Craik, Sask. S0G 0V0 (ph 306 734-2601 or 734-5182).
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