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Combine Converted To Self-Propelled Auger
Gerald Oetken, Lamed, Kan., solved the problem of moving his 47-ft., 8 in. grain auger around his farmyard by "self-propelling" it using a 1955 Massey Harris Super 90 combine that he bought for just $125.
"Its 75 hp. motor is mounted low to the ground so it seemed like the perfect solution," says Oetken, who first stripped the combine down to the running gear, frame and motor.
The biggest problem was that the rear wheels would not allow the auger close enough to the bin and still maintain the center balance needed for the scissor action that raises the auger.
The solution was to move the steering wheels further out to the front. The drag link had to be modified, and he made a channel iron extension for the front of the combine frame.
After removing the wheels from the auger the scissors were split, with the top portion raised 24 in. to allow the auger to rest in a parallel position for moving from location to location. The auger is powered by a 60 hp. hydraulic motor. The auger is raised and lowered by a 27 hp. hydraulic motor, salvaged from a 3,000 lb. winch, that replaces the hand crank. It's controlled from the driver's seat. The gasoline tank is positioned within easy reach of the driver's seat and the oil reservoir was mounted low at the back to provide easy access.
To get enough room to mount the hydraulic pump on the crankshaft of the combine engine, Oetken mounted "deep reverse" IH combine rims on the auger mover for added clearance.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerald Oetken, Rt. 1, Box 47, Lamed, Kan. 67550.

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2