1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wheel-Less Tractor Powers New HarvestorA "wheel-less" Case/IH tractor provides the power for a new sugar beet harvester, eliminating the need for an expensive power unit on the big machine.
"It's an idea that could be used on other types of self-propelled equipment because it lets you make use of power you already own. Once harvesting is completed, you put the wheels back on and use it as a tractor the rest of the year," says KJ. Lincoln, sales manager of Standen Engineering Ltd., the manufacturer.
The new harvester is a 2-row unit that'll harvest 1 1/2 acres per hour. The front-mounted topper unit removes the green tops and discharges them to the left side of the harvester where they can be spread evenly across the field or left in windrows. The beets are "crowned" by shaft-driven feeler wheels and then lifted out of the ground by conventional lifter wheels. Large hydraulically-driven cyclone wheels clean the beets, as does the heavy-duty double-webbed conveyor chain that transports the beets to the rear-mounted 3-ton capacity hopper.
A tractor with at least 75 to 100 hp. and power steering is required to drive the harvester. Two men can easily mount it in one morning, says Lincoln, with the help of a heavy overhead hoist. The entire tractor, except for wheels, is transferred to the tractor without modification.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Standen Engineering Ltd., Hereward Works, Station Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4BP England (ph 0353 61111).
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