1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Damage Proof IH Combine
"It's often difficult to see from the tractor cab if the straw chopper is operating as it should, especially at night. If the chopper belt fails, or the chopper plugs up, the rear end becomes blocked. This blockage can cause severe damage to the straw walkers if the straw walker alarm doesn't alert the operator. Replacing straw-walkers costs $2,000 or more," says Bourgault.
He prevented the problem by removing the bolts on the upper rear end panel and attaching a hinge along the upper edge, along with some reinforcing along the edges. Should the combine plug, the panel opens and relieves pressure on components before damage occurs.
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