All Aboard Harvest | Preventative Maintenance
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Preventative Maintenance

Elk City, Okla — Before harvest each year we pull the combines around to the shop doors and begin our inspections. This year the inspection and repair process has gone rather smooth. We did not have to do much of anything. We did the usual greasing, checking chains and belts, and cleaning the cab and windows. We also patched a few places to help strengthen where it was wearing thin, like the tailings elevator and the grain tank. We replaced a bearing or two and will fix an air conditioner that seems to have a mind of its own. All in all, it has been rather easy.  A few more days and we are ready for this year’s wheat harvest. The kids are a great help when it comes to the repair process. You are never too young to run for tools, use a wrench or clean the cab. I love the sense of accomplishment they feel when they finish the job. 

My sister, Liz, has come back to work this summer. I enjoy having her around. This also means that her two kids, Elizabeth and Leslie, come every day to help out too. They are home-schooled so their schedules are really easy to get along with. Also, my sister Katie’s kids regularly help out. It really is a family operation!

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(L to R) Liz, Elizabeth and Dan

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Dan and Leslie working together like always!

Be safe and God bless!

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  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 23:32h, 02 June

    Good to see you folks again for another harvest.How is the wheat around Elk City ? Where is your first job going to be?

    • Emma Misener
      Posted at 16:19h, 26 June

      This years wheat around Elk City is fantastic! We have had just enough rain to get us through this year and praying that the rain continues.

  • Dan McGrew, now of North Carolina
    Posted at 14:45h, 03 June

    Talk about flashback — T0 1938-1946, being the one to turn the straw walker teeth down and slide through the IH threshing machine’s interior, replacing rock maple bearings,straightening teeth with channel locks, and locking concave teeth with a crowbar while my dad loosened the nuts on the shafts and replaced bent and broken teeth.
    Then the pounds of grease to lubricate from the feeder conveyor to stacker fan.
    The most delicate part — precisely testing and adjusting the scales which counted the half bushels as they left the elevator for grain wagons and trucks.
    During WWII, an 82 year old neighbor drove a grain truck to the elevator, where there was no scooping from truck to grain bin on the farms.
    Because my dad could operate a grain wagon where scooping was required, just before my 13th birthday, I became engineer for that thrashing machine.
    Since I had worked every job, from water boy, through ground “pitcher” of bundles onto the bundle wagons, and manning a wagon with both horse and mules — I knew how things were to work.
    Will never forget repeatedly telling one permanent bundle wagon driver not to pull so close to the power belt pulleys on the machine.
    Sure enough he got too close, trying to lighten his workload, the belt and pulley caught his horse’s tail and all H-E-Double-Toothpicks broke loose.
    About ten yards from the machine, he dove off the rear of his wagon, stood a moment and then started running after his wagon and team.
    It only took him two days to repair that wagon and replace the now tailless horse.
    I never had to warn him about driving his horses too close to that power belt pulley.

    • Emma Misener
      Posted at 16:18h, 26 June

      Sounds like an awesome experience! One that I’m sure will pass down from generation to generation. I always love hearing these kinds of stories. Thanks for sharing!