1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self Propelled 24 Ft. Hydrostatic Swather
Yokimas used the frame from a 1975 Canadian Cooperative Implements (CCI) swather. He built the header by welding together parts of three different CCI draper headers. He salvaged the hydraulic system from a Versatile 400 self-propelled swather. The 18.4 by 16.1 front tires, as well as the rear tires, are off a Versatile 4400 self-propelled swather. The swather is powered by an 80 hp Ford 6000 6-cylinder diesel engine.
"I chose the CCI draper header because it has a low cutting angle that evenly distributes grain heads throughout the swath for faster drying," says Yokimas. "Most newer commercial swathers tend to leave grain heads in the center of the swath where they can get moldy and rot. The diesel engine is really fuel efficient. It runs on only one gallon of fuel per hour compared to three or four gallons for many gas-powered swathers."
The header is powered by a series of engine-driven V-belts and right-angle gearboxes. The steering wheel is from the Versatile 4400 swather and the seat from an old Volvo tractor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brian Yokimas, Rt. 1, East Selkirk, Manitoba, R0E 0M0 Canada
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