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What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:23 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Working on those 100 and 20 series Deere combines could make anyone lose their religion!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-casecollectorsc wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:03:03 12/12/17) This JI Case combine....

No, it is a different one. But that is beauty!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:10 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Are you selling this one?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:28 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gleaner C-LII
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The J I Case combines, Then the M and L series Gleaners. Once any color machine gets over 4000 hours on they all need attention and constant repairs. Sealed bearings only last the life of the bearing.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well all Ive worked on is Gleaners and All-Crops so I cant say much. I will say the SP100 is a bear to work on.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The IHC 715 with the 844 corn head was good to work on. with the 744 head they sucked.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Everyone will definitely disagree with this one, but I thought our Massey Super 92 was easy to work on. We got it when I was young and I was
in charge or replacing any bearings inside the machine that needed service. It was easy to work on, but I was a scrawny 10 year old who could
lay on the straw walkers all day long on a chenille bath mat. We had originally bought it at an auction (for $300!) to use as a parts machine but it
turned out the tin was better than the sheet metal on ours. So suddenly we had a month to get a foreign machine ready for the field.

We were always sticklers for preventive maintenance and had a parts machine do down time was minimal. The one repair I remember taking a
whole day was the cylinder bearing on the cab side. We had to take off the grain table and feeder house with two pins. We weren't prepared for
what lay ahead. We only did small grains so we had never changed out a combine head, and surely never done it with the feederhouse
attached and lifting it with the loader tractor to get it lined up just right. There was a lot of cussing that day.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I definitely disagree. They are miserable SOBS to work on. Did you ever do anything related to the engine? Just checking the oil was a chore. It took me and my old man all morning one day to replace the separator drive belt on my 90. I did the same thing on my JD 55 by myself in half a hour.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I guess the easiest is the brand you?re partial to.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I will tell you that engine under there was a chore. I hear horror stories now about fires, but I can't recall ever having buildup on ours. It must have been that dummy fan that was at the engine (where there was no radiator!) that kept her blown off. It was just a four blade as I recall.

I recall one time we had a suspect battery in our super 92. I can't remember what the deal was exactly (or why we didn't just replace it if we thought it was headed south), but it shorted out in the middle of harvest one day. There wasn't even enough warning before the engine died to raise the header. With their design that meant we couldn't get the battery out. I recall removing the cables and hooking up two sets of jumper cables to the new battery to get it started and raise the table to get the old battery out of the tray and put the new one in.

Other than that, we never really had any engine issues. That Chrysler was a good engine although it seemed to flood really easy. We had two of those combines and with both of them you had to shut off the gas before you turned off the key and turn it on just right before you fired it up. This was back when the machines weren't very old. Come to think of it, it was also handy to need to add gas to them in the midddle of the day. I was tasked with filling old metal oil cans on the tailgate of the pickup and then backing up to the combine because you needed that additional three feet of height to get them hoisted up onto that back platform.

I wonder where all of these fond memories come from? I haven't even talked about the busted final drives and replacing those in the field.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Years ago I had an F2, was looking at a JD 6600. Exactly twice as many belts on the JD, and usually a shaft had 2 or 3 of them on. So replacing any bearing was more involved in what had to be taken off to get to it. Yeah, JD and IH look nice going down the field, with everything covered up, but I"ll take a Gleaner any day with everything easily accessible, instead of all the fancy sheet metal covering it up.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I worked on a lot of them in the 70's. The easiest were Gleaners. Almost Everything is out in the open unlike
MF and Deere where a lot of the stuff that breaks is under the cab. Today's machines may be a whole different
story.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

of the combines i have had 6600 jd hardest, 82 massey hard, 850 massey hard, 7700 jd hard, 760, 860, 8820 not as hard, N5 gleaner least hard but still had its tough spots. the combines i can afford need a fair
amount of work as well.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What was the easiest harvester combine to work on ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

this has been very educational! I'm a fairly new rookie combine owner and started with my 3300! And having earned two college degrees ive obtained more "learning" turning a wrench on this old beast lol! Thanks to everyone who has responded to this posting .
 
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