MHarryE

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  1. Learning alot, but want more info

    Not exactly covering the time of IH being sold, but I joined Case IH as Manager of Combine Headers, one of 6 Engineering Managers we had in Crop Harvesting. Three of us were located at the East Moline plant, the other 3 in Hinsdale. The other 2 at East Moline had spent much of their career at the Rock Island plant. We made at least one trip to Hinsdale weekly so I got to hear a lot of Farmall stories. One of the guys, who was once head of the Tractor Operation, placed a great deal of the blame for failure on the McCormick family's insistence on being paid their dividend come **** or high water. Of course the Axial Flow development took a lot of resources but the machine was in production and resources were once again being spent on tractors. The Tractor QA manager said (and pardon me if I have an error here - we are talking nearly 30 years ago) they had redone the 2+2 and redesigning the power train so it was finally capable of handling the power (the original was cobble existing parts together and cross ones fingers) but along came Case and the project was scrapped. He had saved copies of the publications - operators manual, sales literature, etc. - by grabbing them out of the trash as they cleaned out at the end. I am not sure how things were during the International days but East Moline under Tennaco was not a good place to work. An executive officer was hired from Chrysler and he brought a lot of Chrysler people along with him. It was management by terror. Part of the assembler's pay was based on output - if they achieved 100% they got their regular pay but could earn up to 140% with higher output. I witnessed assemblers using rejected parts to assemble combines because if they waited to get corrected parts, their incentive pay went away. For 1991 we managers were told by our executive VP that quality cannot be compromised; however, write into your employee's performance plan that their job depends meeting their cost improvement target. If they failed to meet their annual target we were to terminate them. Knowing their jobs were at risk, our Engineering staff took unbelievable risks. Now that I am retired, I own one of those combines. With many of my breakdowns I recall the cost reduction project that saved a person's job at a cost to the customer. My used combine is old, over 4,000 hours. The cost reductions implemented were usually good enough to get it through the warranty period but long term - not the old International standard. I do have an earlier history with International. My father became a dealer in 1939 and lost his dealership in 1954 when he would not build a new building in town. He sold almost all the A's, C's, H's, and M's in this area. Once International was gone, Case came knocking at the door. We also farmed and switched to Case on our farm but I was very happy when my dad and uncle got fed up with Case quality and we bought our 806. That was right as I graduated from college and left the farm only to return after retirement.
  2. 5100 Drill Clutch

    I suspected worn parts but I have gone through everything and not found anything with major wear. The first thing I suspected is the brackets that hold the cylinder extension rods to the arm. The brackets have some wear so I rebuilt them which helped the problem. My question is the clutches still end up on the ramps and when disengaged, do not shift all the way so flats engage flats. Maybe I should buy new clutch halves for each side and shims to move the drive over (the previous owner apparently did not have enough money to buy grease). I will check the bushings in the frame again. I thought they were in place but they could be the problem. In any case my spring crops are drilled, the drill worked superb (except for feeding the birds when raised), and my challenge is not to procrastinate until I need it again.
  3. 5100 Drill Clutch

    I purchased a 5100 Soybean Special drill that appears to be in very good shape. A problem is that when I raise, it will not shift the clutches enough to disengage. My neighbor and I relocated and tweaked the anchors on the square lift rod in order to get some more height, and move the clutch halves further. That helped in that we got the clutch on one side to disengage when fully raised but the other side is still hit and miss. The clutches end up on the ramps when disengaged. Should they not be all the way up the ramps and on the flats? I can see no adjustment other than rotating the square shaft further. The brackets do not appear to be severely worn, especially considering it would need to rotate an additional 15 degrees to end up flat to flat. Should the cams be flat to flat or is it normal to end up on the ramps? I can add some shim washers to shift the clutch further open but I'm wondering if there is something else I am missing. I have looked at other drills on Tractor House and the units appear to be lifting to about the same level as they are on other drills with the units in the locked up position so my square shaft is not far off. Other than that, the drill works perfectly. I need to shut that side off completely and road at under 8 mph (operator manual limit) to keep from feeding birds in the middle of the road. Thanks for any advice.