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Old Gleaner Combine Doubles As Bale Hauler
A 1973 Gleaner F combine fitted with a quick tach mounting arm makes a nifty round bale hauler for Donald Nelson, Bushnell, Fla.
Nelson used channel iron and header hooks off old an old corn head to make a 3-pt. frame that fits to the feederhouse. A set of bale forks mounts on the frame.
"It works much better than the tractor I had been using and cost very little to modify," says Nelson, who runs a cow-calf operation. "It has a variable speed belt-driven transmission so there's no clutching or shifting for forward or reverse travel. The large wheels in front carry the load and make it much more stable than a regular loader equipped tractor. Visibility is also much bet-ter. I had been using a tractor equipped with a rear-mounted fork but I didn't like it be-cause I had to look back all the time.
"It's amazing how much quicker I can haul bales than I could before with a tractor. By removing the bale hauler I can attach a boom that I use to lift oil drums, engines, etc. The 3-pt. frame goes on or off in just a few minutes and requires no changes to the combine. I still use the combine to harvest grass seed."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald Nelson, Circle N Farms, Inc., Box 65, Bushnell, Fla. 33513 (ph 904 793-3615).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2