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Shop Rebuilds Straw Choppers
"We rebuild them better than new," says machine shop operator Bryan Willig, of Terra Haute, Ind., whose firm specializes in balancing and repairing most make and model combine straw choppers.
You can ship your chopper to him or, if you're within driving distance, set up an appointment to bring your chopper in and have it rebuilt while you wait.
Willig's shop performs two types of repair-conversions:
Regular Duty Repair: Warran-teed for one year, it covers: replace missing gussets, replace damaged bearing shafts and missing blade supports, and balancing. Cost ranges from $465 for a Deere 4400 chopper, to $565 for an 8820. Add $50 for straightening the rotor, if needed.
Super Duty Conversion: Warranteed for three years, it involves installing a complete new set of knives and mounting brackets. On Deere choppers, for example, it covers: remove chopper from housing, cut off all blade supports (gussets), grind rotor smooth, install new super duty supports with three welds, straighten rotor, install new bearings, bearing flanges, new chopper blades, heavy duty oversize bushings, and balancing chopper with all blades attached and in their own bearings.
Cost of the Super Duty Conversion, including balancing, ranges from $685 for Deere 4400, to $845 for an 8820.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Straw Chopper Re-builders, Division of All-Tran, 200 S. Ninth St., Terra Haute, Ind. 47807 (ph 1-800 457-0771, or 812 232-0981).

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