Modified Combine Picks Up Canola
We made modifications to the pickup on our combine that lets us harvest badly wind-blown swaths of canola. The guide wheels and brackets that the pickup came with originally wouldn't allow the edges of the swaths to be picked up without dragging along and plugging the pickup so we removed them and installed homemade swath divider cones. We made the cones by cutting out 4-ft. sq. pieces of sheet metal and bending the opposite corners. We cut small oval holes in the inside of each cone to accommodate the pickup's rollers. We attached the cones by drilling holes in them to match existing holes in the pickup where the wheel brackets had been removed. We used small brackets to brace the outside of each cone for added strength. (Wiliam L. Rutherford, Box 220, Neilburg, Saskatchewan, Canada S0M 2C0 ph 306 826-5575)
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