17 Jul Scott: Making A Few Modifications
Scott talks about preparing the combines to harvest in wet conditions.
Storms have also been rolling through parts of South Dakota and there’s a chance the ground conditions may be a bit muddy when it’s time to begin harvesting the wheat up there. This means we have decided to setup our combines for mud now and that way we can quickly fasten the duals on if the softer ground conditions are an issue.
We have to make a few modifications to the configuration of the machine from the factory. We have to take off the front tires, rotate sides to keep the tread running the right direction, turn them around to dish the wheel in, install an axle extension, and bolt the dual spacer on the primary wheel. It takes us about two hours to make these changes, but it will only take minutes to install the extra tire later if needed.
Here are some pictures of the crew making these modifications.
An elevated parking lot makes jacking the combines up a bit tricky and can present an unsafe working environment quickly. The block of wood behind the tire just didn’t seem to being doing the trick, so we brought in a bigger, green block for reinforcement just to be certain the combine wasn’t going anywhere.
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