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Header-Mounted Combine Dust Vacuum
"It removes dust from the header instead of the feederhouse, unlike other combine dust diverters that are on the market," says the inventor of a new type of dust vacuum for combines.
Wade Little, Decker, Manitoba, showed a prototype of his unit, which he made for his New Holland combine, at the Western Farm Progress Show in Regina, Sask. A steel shroud mounts across the width of the header's feederhouse opening to catch dust rising from the header auger. A flexible plastic hose extends from a fan mounted above the shroud to the side of the combine behind the header.
"It greatly improves visibility by keeping dust off the windshield and helps keep engine air filters clean," says Little. "I built it two weeks before harvest last fall and used it on peas, barley, and wheat. It worked better than I expected. I think it would also work in soybeans. Other dust vacuum systems suck dust from a hole on top of the feeder-house. However, on most combines most of the dust is caused by the impact of the header auger and feeder chain on the crop."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wade Little, Box 44, Decker, Manitoba, Canada ROM OKO (ph 204 562-3538).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5