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Charlie M
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I see lots of positive talk about Gleaner combines both here and other places I look at. Seems Gleaners are rated pretty highly as a quality machine. I've never owned or run one. What is it that makes them be rated so high. There was a lot of combine competition out there for them. Was AC picking up Gleaner a way for them to get big into the combine business - they did have a good pull behind combine with their all crop line at the time.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As the story goes,Gleaner was for sale, and Allis had a meeting set up with Gleaner at 8Surprised clock, and Ford, the farm equipment division was going to meet with Gleaner at 1Surprised clock, Gleaner was using Ford engines on the combine all ready.But anyway Allis purchased it, Now this was back in the late 50's. They kept the original design and just improved on it,Until the rotarys came along.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

"What is it that makes them be rated so high". The dealer.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If AC hadn't bought out Gleaner they would have been out of the combine business. As popular as the Allcrop and the other 5-7ft combines were in the 40s and early 50s, sales of them went the way of the Doo Doo bird in the 60s as farms got bigger. Buying Gleaner did two things for AC. First it gave them a good self propelled combine to compete with IH, Massey, JD, and the others. Turning the All crop into a self propelled was not the answer. 2nd, it opened up the market for AC in the western wheat plains were we needed big combines and not the garden plot Allcrops.

Also, the Gleaner reputation was mixed around here. Guys either loved them or hated them. I had one guy tell me his L2 was a good combine long as you kept a bucket of bearings with you. Then again I had a neighbor who ran a C2 along side a JD 7700 for 20 years. They overhauled it a few times front to back but did the job.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I couldn't agree more, my dad had our barley straight cut with a Allis-100 combine in 1956 or 57,it done the job, but that was no match to 55 John Deere for example, and in 1962 we bought a A Gleaner, one of the best things we did.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a couple of case IH rotaries now, but before that I have had 3 Gleaners. The last one being a L2. That L2 was a hoss, it didn't know what a weed patch was. I have older IH's, John Deere's, and a couple of Massey's, one being a new one. The Gleaners and the Rotaries were the best.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No the dealer cant make a machine's reputation, the machine has to do that, Just another case in point The Allis one Ninety XT, the dealer and block man was so proud of that when it came out, it was almost unreal, when they started breaking down they got awful quiet, and the resale value hit bottom, it got ugly quick! Nobody in our area kept a XT over two years!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have a series III One-Ninety XT that we bought in 1978. It is just about to turn 9000 hours on the original engine and is just due for an overhaul and fourth gear jumps out occasionally. This tractor pulled a five bottom plow for many years, has been used for chopping hay and corn as well as round baling and snow blowing. Wouldn't trade it for the world. All you have to do is stop to shift and don't turn the engine up.

Also had two K Gleaners and now an F3. I also have several All-Crops including a Super 100. Gleaner was the right choice. Care of operation and maintenance will do more than anything.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think Gleaner's reputation was dependent on the area and the particular machine in question. One of my neighbors, a very close family friend, had an F2 corn/soybean special. I would consider it an excellent little machine. He put gobs of hours on it and never had any major problems that I know of. He wore the bottom out of the grain tank twice. He ran a 4 row 30 inch head on it. Another neighbor and good friend had two Gleaners. An L and an L2. He said that just proved he was slow learner. The L's were a hoss but they had the same bearings as the little 3 walker K and the 4 walker F. Around here the big ones were bad news. You still see some 1400 series IH's and xx00 series Deere's running. You don't see many, if any old Gleaner's.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Series I and II had rear end problems...they had factory updates under warranty, but the Series III had those problems corrected.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No they did not have it corected, even the two hundred had final drive failures.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Highly rated? Maybe in the wheat country but nowhere else.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Every make and model has people that like them and those that don't.
Our family has had excellent luck with Gleaners. We go back to the very first self propelled and went all the way through an R52.

Nice thing about the Gleaner, they are relatively simple to operate and adjust and when needed easy to repair. They had good engines that could handle the load and thrifty on fuel.

I would take a Gleaner or an IH any day over a Deere. Ran a 6600 diesel for a number of years and that soured me on John Deere combines. A poor design and a POS.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Gleaner combines Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Basically the reason they were so highly rated was the smart design on so many levels.

Full width shafts and minimal belt depth made for a easy to service and repair machine, and the layout made for a robust, well balanced machine that was sure-footed on slopes and in the mud.

Plenty of HP on tap and robust drivetrains made for a tough mud bogger, and a long life drivetrain. final drive failures are few and far between with a Gleaner.

The processor is quite unique with the down front cylinder, this allowed for better stone protection, as well as more separating area.
 
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