1985 - Volume #9, Issue #5, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Automatic header lock"It could save your life" says Harold Fratzke, Cottonwood, Minn., about the automatic header lock that he designed for his combines. His header lock kit is now on the market from K&M Mfg., Renville, Minn.
"Instead of trying to climb between the header and the combine wheel to lock the header cylinder in the up position, the header locks automatically when it's raised to full height. You can safely be under it and not worry about the hose breaking, or the header falling, and I can release the lock by pulling a lever in the cab."
Fratzke says installation was simple. He welded a 3/8-in. rod to the end of the existing header lock and then ran it up and into the cab. He had to drill just one hole in the cab.
"Most guys don't lock the header because you have to do it from the ground. This makes it easy," says Fratzke.
At this time K&M makes the header lock to fit Gleaner, L, LI, L2, M, and M2 combines. They plan to fit it other combines in the near future. The do-it-yourself kit sells for $29.95.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, K&M Manufacturing Co., Renville, Minn. 56284 (ph toll-free 800 328-1752 or, in Minn. 800 992-1702).
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