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This Combine's A Tractor
Rather than retire his old John Deere 45 combine to a junk yard, Butch Uhnken, of Jacksonville, Ill., turned the old machine into a tractor that runs as well as any other workhorse on his farm.
To make the conversion, Uhnken first stripped the big machine of all tin, augers and other unneeded equipment. He then reversed the axle and controls so the machine would head in the opposite direction, and mounted the engine lengthwise on the chassis.
"It works great," says Uhnken. "We've mounted a highway-type mower on it and use it for all our farm mowing. It has live hydraulics but no pto."
The conversion didn't cost Uhnken a cent and actually saves him money every time he doesn't have to use one of his other tractors to do his mowing.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Butch Uhnken. 25 W. Fair, Jacksonville, Ill. 62650 (ph 217 472-3851, or 217 245-4359).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #1