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Angled Scraper Prevents Mud-Packed Duals
Prevent tire damage from mud buildup in combine duals with scrapers from Don Siegel. Unlike other scrapers on the market, Siegel designed his to work at an angle. It scrapes between duals and between the inside tire and the combine.
“Other scrapers are perpendicular to the wheel, and mud builds up like a beaver dam, pushing shields in and even wearing holes in the inside tire from mud rubbing,” says Siegel. “Mine work like a mold-board plow turning over sod. Everything is at an angle, except for the base plate on the axle. The tires bring the mud to the paddles, and the mud slides off, whether in forward or reverse.”
Siegel came up with the design after looking for an effective scraper for years. When the prototype worked as he’d hoped, he applied for a patent.
“I’ve used it on my combine for about 6 years,” says Siegel. “I’ve never had a problem with it. I did have to redesign it to work with the new extra wide duals. They have only 1 7/8-in. clearance.”
Siegel has one design for Case IH combines ($8,000) back to the 72 Series and another for Deere combines ($8,500) back to the 9960 through the S Series. The Case IH model has an attachment point to the axle and two braces to the combine. The Deere model attaches to the axle and the planetary. A side scraper adds $300 to each model.
Having farmed for 50 years, Siegel knows how important it is to keep things simple. He designed both models for ease of installation. Both models simply bolt on. Siegel estimates a 3-hr. installation by two persons. No lift equipment is needed.
“You don’t have to take shields off or drill holes to install the scraper,” says Siegel. “Once it’s installed, you can still get shields off. The mounts don’t interfere with anything.”
Siegel has done only limited marketing of the new scraper and sold some in his home state of Illinois and Michigan. “I’m starting to get the word out,” he says. “We’re higher priced than the competition, but ours work and theirs don’t. There’s nothing else like it.”
While his current products are only designed for combines, the patent applies to any piece of equipment that needs a scraper. The angled design of his scraper, with its suspension from above the wheel, was unique enough to warrant a patent in record time.
Siegel understands harvest weather will have the greatest impact on sales. “If we get a wet year, everyone will want one,” he says. “It’ll take time to get off the ground.”
Siegel is selling the scrapers direct and through several dealers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Siegel, 11740 N. Church Rd., Minooka, Ill. 60447 (ph 815-252-2689; donsiegelllc@yahoo.com; www.donsiegelllc.com).

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