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Handmade Mini Combine
A hand-fabricated large model combine residing on a sturdy shelf of a Washington handyman is a nearly exact replica of Deere’s 95 Hillside combine built in the 1960’s. James Baune, now retired from a local grain elevator, enjoyed driving the 95 combine while farming with his dad years ago, and decided to build a model.
     Says Baune, “It took most of one winter working on and off to complete it. I can’t say exactly how much time it took, but I enjoyed every minute of the work.”
    The frame and outside body of the 100+ lb. model was made using 16-gauge sheet metal. Baune repurposed a riding lawn mower axle, “cut in half,” he says, for the front combine axle, and used the lawn mower’s existing tires for the rear ones on the combine. Baune says, “I just repurposed bits and pieces here and there, and it turned out pretty darn nice.”
    The header is also made of 16-gauge sheet metal. Baune rolled and shaped the metal for the snouts and added a reel to the header. The machine has a discharge auger that looks like it could unload grain.     
Baune says, “for the auger I used a strip of 1/2 by 1/8-in. metal. I heated it and put it around a 1 1/2-in. pipe, then molded it onto the pipe to make the auger. It looks like the real thing.”
    Other realistic looking parts include a miniature muffler, air cleaner, grated steps with yellow handlebars, the formed and fashioned grain tank, an authentic looking discharge auger spout, and a specially fabricated tail section that closely matches a full size combine’s discharge chopper and chaff spreader fins.
    The cab is enclosed, with a realistic looking air conditioning unit on top. Baune used plexiglass for the cab windows, metal for the seat and fabricated the control levers using small pieces of 1/8-in. rods. The steering column and the steering wheel are also fabricated using 1/8-in. rod.
    To further its likeness to the real machine, Baune installed pulleys to operate the header. “All of the guards are on and most of them are hidden,” he says. “The wheels and header can be leveled left to right using the levers. The reel and augers are also functional.”
    The 2-ft. tall by 4-ft. 3-in. long combine was finished off with authentic Deere green and yellow paint and all the appropriate decals.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Baune, 2610 25th St., Clarkston, Wash. 99403 (ph 509 780-1384).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3