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Easy New Way To Uplug Combines
"We wouldn't farm without it," says Bob Dugger about the hydraulic header reverser installed on the Deere 7700 combine he operates on the Bob Kramer farm near Colfax, Wash.
The header reverser kit, manufactured by Ed's Custom Work, of Garfield, Wash., essentially reverses the hydraulic reel drive pump so that it runs in reverse, backing out any material that may be plugging up the feederhouse or feeder auger.
"It'll reverse everything from the feederhouse on out to the combine reel," says Ed Mitzimberg, who began manufacturing the kit after a local farmer Rich Olson of Garfield came up with the idea.
The kit is designed to fit Deere 6602 and 6622 hillside combines because those are by far the most popular combines in Mitzimberg's area of Washington. However, several area farmers have adapted the kit to other
Deere combines. Mitzimberg, who feels it'll adapt to most makes of headers and combines, welcomes the opportunity to work with interested farmers with other makes of cornbines in adapting the kit. He notes that some models of Deere and other combines are now being outfitted with similar but more expensive factory-built header reversers.
The kit taps into the reel drive with a diverter valve that turns it into a pump. A set of extra hoses reroutes the diverted fluid. A control mounts in the cab next to the clutch. To activate the reverse, you simply push the control lever. "The reverser will kick out 99% of all plug-ups," according to Mitzimberg.
"It takes just 30 min. or less to install, yet it'll save many hours of downtime," says Bob Dugger who installed a header reverser on a 6602combine in addition to the Deere 7700 he runs on the Kramer farm. "We haven't had a single problem with it. You can quickly get rid of plug-ups from the cab."
A local Deere dealer who sells the kit, Greg Parchin Colfax, Wash., says there's been no problems with any of the kits he's sold over the past couple seasons. He's not sure if the kits will affect Deere's warranty. "We haven't had any reason to find out," he told FARM SHOW.
The kit sells for $210 and comes with installation instructions.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ed's Custom Work, P.O. Box 37, Garfield, Wash. 99130 (ph 509 635-1450).

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