Combine prep, #harvest16

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today, the combines are getting prepared for #harvest16.  The C-IH 8230 and the JD S680 are spending time in the shop.  Well, we really got started with the JD yesterday evening.  Each machine will get a thorough inspection, and lubrication.  Even the windows will be washed.  But the engine oil will not be changed now, because it is about 100 hours away from requiring that on each combine.  This is one of the final steps in getting ready for harvest.

Here are some photos of what’s happening:

The 680 combine side panels open up to accept the required service.

The 680 combine side panels open up to accept the required service.

Brandon lubricates the grease fittings

Brandon lubricates the grease fittings

We took the 680 just outside the shop door to perform an adjustment on the hydraulic cylinder that swings the unloading auger in and out.  A jamb nut had come loose and allowed the cylinder to lengthen.  This would prevent the unloader from swinging fully 'in'.  John made the adjustment, and now the unloading auger swings in a the correct arc.

We took the 680 just outside the shop door to perform an adjustment on the hydraulic cylinder that swings the unloading auger in and out. A jamb nut had come loose and allowed the cylinder to lengthen. This would prevent the long, arm-like auger from swinging fully ‘in’.  John made the adjustment, and now the unloading auger swings in the correct arc.

Wjhen a combine comes into our shop, it just seems 'bigger' than when it sits outdoors.  Here the 8230 is positioned in the shop for maintenance.

When a combine comes into our shop, it just seems ‘bigger’ than when it sits outdoors. Here the 8230 is positioned in the shop for maintenance.

Brandon is making an adjustment to the feeder house.

Brandon is making an adjustment to the feeder house.

Here, he inspects one of the cab filter systems.

Here, he inspects one of the cab filter systems.

The guys also prepared the grain cart for fall work.  We use a Demco 1350 cart.  They made the initial adjustments on the undercarriage and tracks, and installed the rearview camera.  Then, the drivelines and all auger bearings were greased.

Brandon installs the camera on the back of the grain cart.  It is a necessity when traveling on the highway.  It allows the operator to see what's approaching from behind!

Brandon installs the camera on the back of the grain cart. It is a necessity when traveling on the highway. It allows the operator to see what’s approaching from behind!

John lubricates one of the tracks on the grain cart.

John lubricates one of the tracks on the grain cart.

All this kind of maintenance is done now in a way so as to prevent out-of-the-ordinary maintenance and possible breakdowns during the pressure of the fall harvest season.  We often discover a few things that we can fix now, and hopefully eliminate some ‘downtime’.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  Keep cool!

 

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