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Swather Table Mounts On Combine
Tent' Boehm, Allan, Sask., salvages short wheat crops by mounting a used 18-ft. Massey Ferguson self-propelled swather table on his Massey Ferguson 510 West-ern Special combine.
The net result is a quick attach, straight cut, canvas-type header that does a better job picking up down swaths than regular pickup or reel-type headers.
"We normally windrow or swath our wheat, then pick it up later with a combine equipped with a pickup head. However, it's difficult to pick up a short crop that's been swathed or windrowed. Straight cutting with a conventional reel-type header is one answer, but in a short crop it pushes grain ahead of the cutter-bar where it falls to the ground, rather than sweeping it across the cutterbar and onto the table."
Boehm solved the problem by making a quick attach mounting bracket for the self-propelled swather table on the combine. He then added a canvas conveyor in the center opening to throw the crop into the combine's feederhouse. The swather drive ran in the opposite direction as the combine drive so Boehm had to rework the driveshaft on the swather table to get it to run in the right direction.
"Altogether we spent about $12,000," notes Boehm. "Some manufacturers now offer a straight cutting table and canvas for the center opening. However, they're expensive and hydraulic-driven. Mechanical drive eliminates any heating problems."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Terry Boehm, Box 201, Allan, Sask., Canada S0K 0C0 (ph 306 257-3689).

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