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Combine Attachments Push Stalks From Wheels
"We'd have corn and bean stalks run down like crazy if we didn't use them," says Bill Broaddus about crop-saving attachments he makes that nudge corn and soybeans away from his combine's big dual wheels.
The Raymond, Ill., ridge tiller first used the wing-shaped stalk movers on his Deere 7200 combine. When he traded for a Deere 9600 a couple of years ago, he had to make new mounting brackets.
Four ft. long wings made of 2 1/2 by Il 2-in. steel plate attach to a U-shaped frame, made out of 4 by 4-in tubing, that clamps to the drive axle. Wings are angled inward to gently push stalks and stems out of the way.
Broaddus made the attachment so height of wings could be adjusted. But he's found 12 to 14 in. off the ground is the ideal height.
In the future, Broaddus plans to add "dual cleaners" to the brackets that hold his stalk movers. They'll consist of a piece of 3/4-in. thick plate steel about 10 in. wide to run between the duals and keep them free from mud and corn stalks during a wet harvest.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Broaddus, R.R. I, Raymond, Ill. 62560 (ph 217 229-3649).

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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3