Needs the tube from the air breather to the carb.inside wheels, drive chains for the reel and one canvas. Other than that it is in running condition. Those parts are no big deal, have what I need stashed somewhere. Just need to go on safari and find it.
Swathers used to be used to cut grain so it would finish drying, then a pickup header on the combine picked it up and harvested it. They had swath board headers, just a plain board. A windrower cut hay and left it in a windrow. Some had conditioners. The headers had pickup teeth to do a better job of picking up downed material. Modern machines have blurred the lines....James
I have a AC 90 pull type combine and I was thinking about precutting my grain to allow it to dry. Tried to combine it last year while it was green and the machine did not like it at all. Straw came out in large lumps trapping seed in them. I did a small test and found I was getting a 20 percent loss of seed so I stopped and waited for the grain to be frost killed. That led to weather problems but more importantly severe losses to foraging turkeys. I was thinking of ways around that but I don't have access to a swather so I might have to use a mower set high. Luckily it is only a one acre plot that I am playing with so manual fixes are possible as well.
Finally got time to get a video posted. It has been working good so far. Have half of the field cut but the old tired canvas has to be replaced. They are literally coming apart at the seams.
Thanks for the video. Those never were used around here, first time I've seen one working, but then, hundred acre fields are few and far between in my part of KY.
That looks like it was developed for grain, but works on hay as well. With just a trailer wheel I'm guessing it uses brakes to steer? Would take some getting used to.
Each drive wheel is set up on belt drive control for the speed along with a variable speed belt main drive. Has sort of a steering wheel on it to control direction. The column moves forward to go ahead and you pull it back for reverse. Pretty easy to work with.
The controls are easy to catch on to. The steering column has a foot lock to set it in neutral. When you unlock the column and let it go froward the machine goes forward. Pull the column back and you have reverse. The left and right turn is no different than driving a car. Speed is controlled by a variable speed belt drive clutch. The table is on one hydraulic control and the reel is on another one. Both controls are side by side for easy control. The reel and table are engaged by one control that locks in when you move the handle forward.
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