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Damage Proof IH Combine
"It's a slight modification that can save you lots of money," says George Bourgault, St. Brieux, Sask. who hinged a rear panel of his IH pull-type 914 combine to prevent damage to straw-walkers in the event of severe blockage.
"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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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3