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Mudproof Your Combine
In last year's wet fall, a lot of farmers made joking remarks about farming in rice paddies, but one Illinois farmer wasn't joking.

Mike Crawford, of Danville put 30-in. "rice paddy tires" on his Model 915 International combine and finished up the harvest of 250 acres of corn and 100 acres of soybeans.

"These tires fit perfectly on my combine with about an inch clearance to spare," he told FARM SHOW. "I didn't have to modify the combine in any way to use them. But they won't fit every make - I tried them on my Massey Ferguson and they didn't work." Crawford bought the big Firestone tires from his local tire dealer who had to order them special from a dealer in the rice-growing country.

"The tires did a good job for me. Without them, I couldn't have gotten the harvesting job done last fall," he says. "I bought the tires used, but a new set of two would cost right at $2,200."

For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Crawford, Route 2, Danville, Ill. 61832 (ph 217-442-4420).

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