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Stripper Combine
French researchers have developed a new-style stripper combine that uses short sections of augers to strip grain off stalks, leaving the stalks standing in the field and eliminating the need for cleaning mechanisms on the combine.
The prototype machine is totally different from the stripper combine developed in England (it uses plastic "keyhole" shaped forgers to strip off grain) and which is now being manufactured by Shelbourne Reynolds (see FARM SHOW's Vol. 13, No. 2). Developer Jean-Yves Martin, who designed the French machine at a government re-search station, says the new-style design works well under all conditions in small grains, including high moisture conditions of 25% or more. It also greatly reduces the cost of harvest machinery and does the job just as fast or faster.
The grain-stripping augers are covered by cone-shaped housings. In operation, the augers are postioned about half way up the stalks. The stalks are drawn into the auger housing, and grain is stripped off and augered up into the machine and loaded into a trailing hopper.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup,Jean-Yves Martin, Cemagref, Division Travail du Sol, Parc de Tourvoie, 92160 Antony, France (ph 1 40 96 61 21).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #3