1988 - Volume #12, Issue #4, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Silage Chopper Spout ControlThe motor, gear, control switch and wiring from the power window of an old car now electronically raise and lower the spout on Harold McCutcheon's New Holland 770 silage chopper.
McCutcheon, who farms near Harrison Valley, Penn., "updated" his 15-year-old chopper because he was tired of raising and lowering the spout. "I always had problems reaching the hand operated control lever behind the tractor cab. The lever was connected to a cord that con-trolled the spout's vertical movement so I could load the front or rear of the wagon."
But to operate the lever, McCutcheon had to tilt the rear window open, reach under the window and twist his arm to grab hold of the lever. McCutcheon removed the window motor and gear, which were bolted together, from an old car as well as the control switch and wiring. He mounted the motor and gear on the silage chopper, tieing the control cord to the gear. He then mounted the control switch inside the cab. To raise and lower the spout, McCutcheon simply presses the control switch to activate the motor and tilt the spout up or down the same way it raised or lowered the car's power windows.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold McCutcheon, Rt. 1, Harrison Valley, Penn. 16927 (ph 814 334-5611).
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