Big Leonard

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  • Birthday 03/19/1968

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    working hard, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling

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  1. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    The bottom stops are 1 1/2" solid round stock with a 1/2" hole in the center for a half inch bolt. I am looking for a steel shaft covered in some tough rubber or UHMW poly that is the same diameter as the original. Looking at conveyor belt shafts. I wonder if solid round carbon fiber would hold up to the task, It is some damn tough stuff. They use it on drive shafts but that is a whole different application. Do not know how it would hold up to constant impact. I guess out of all the axial flow combines out there I have the only one that has this issue. I will solve it one way or another
  2. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    No problem, I guess I should have called it the right name, stone retarder drum not rock drum. I should say I have tried all settings possible and it still does it. Maybe I should have another dealer come out and take a look at it. It just seems so simple, have some type of hard rubber stops or spring that would absorb the shock. What do I know, I'm not an engineer. It feeds great no problem !
  3. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    I am running the bottom stop in the middle notch and the top stop in the lowest position for soybeans and highest position on corn. There are 4 positions ( settings ) on the top stop.
  4. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    I guess they figure if you have a rock trap you are supposed to let it do it's job and catch the rocks. I do not have a rock trap so the rock drum is supposed to stop the rock before it gets any farther. I have looked at older posts on this forum and this topic has been discussed before but no one has ever had any solutions. Its not a big issue but when everything else is running smooth as silk and you here that noise it bugs me. There must be somebody out there that has come up with a fix. The guys at Black Ace told me there was a guy in North Dakota that had a solution but could not remember his name or number
  5. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    No, no bearings out. this is my second season with this combine and when I bought it i had it gone through from front to back, everything that needed replacing was replaced ( cost me a fortune ) but this thing is like new now. The feeder house got a new floor ,drum ,drum arms, drum shaft, chain, sprockets, bearings and a black ace silencer kit. Everything is new. Runs super smooth and quiet when empty and when stuffed full. I know the noise is coming from hitting the limit stops. Wish they would make replacement stops out of some carbon fiber or some type of solid rubber. It's not the worst but it bugs the s-it out of me !
  6. Big Leonard

    Off season feeder house challenge

    OK, it's winter time and I am determined to find a solution to the clunking sound I get from my 2144 feeder house. You can not here it in the cab but you can sure here it when you are outside. I know where the sound is coming from but do not have a solution to fix it.The sound is coming from the arms that hold the rock drum. While combining soybeans as variable amount of material enters the feeder house the arms travel up and down and hit the upper and lower stops which is steel on steel. My dealer said this is normal and just get used to it. I find it hard to believe that with such a smooth running machine that this is normal. I installed a silencer kit from Black Ace and it really made a difference except for this problem. I purchased some super tough 3/16 thick rubber composite belting from an industrial belt dealer, it is so tough that you can put it on an anvil and beat on it with a hammer for ever and it does not even phase it. I thought about cutting two strips 11/2 wide and fastening them to the top and bottom of the arms to cushion the blow and stop the noise. There must be somebody out there that has heard this noise and came up with a solution. Maybe I should do what the dealer says and not worry about it but I would sure like to quiet it down. Any ideas would greatly be appreciated Thank you for reading my post I
  7. Big Leonard

    215 magnum and 527 B

    Just curious if anyone pulls a 527 B with a 215 magnum. I know its a little small but there is a good deal on one in the area. I'm sure it would be better than my 5288 2 wd. Thanks
  8. Big Leonard

    527 B

    I guess that answers my question, I need a bigger tractor !!!!! I was just wondering at 12 inches deep, in the same soil conditions, which one pulls harder. Has anyone ever had them both ? I know there is no way I would move a 530 but the 527 B is not as large. I plan on upgrading to a bigger tractor in the next year or two, most likely a MX 240 or 245. but for now the checkbook ( and wife ) tell me no ! Thank you for your responses, and if somebody had them both at one time, let my know which one pulled harder.
  9. Big Leonard

    527 B

    Looking at purchasing a nice 527 B disc ripper. I now have a 10 shank 6500 consertill with the 4 inch twist shovels. Before I buy it can anyone tell me which one pulls harder? I know I am a little short on HP and traction with my 5288 2 wheel drive which is putting out 185 HP. Power is not the biggest problem but traction is. It will handle the consertill pretty good but it is at it's limit. Will the 527 B pull even harder? If anyone has ever made this switch let me know the results. Thank you.
  10. Big Leonard

    2144 feederhouse clunking sound

    I finally got the chance to try out my ( new to me ) 2144 in some soybeans yesterday and it was like going to heaven compared to the old F2. Ran smooth as silk. I have one question, I have a stone retarder drum but no rock trap, ( wish I did ). I have the drum upper stops set in the lowest position and the lower drum stop set in the middle position. As varying amounts of material are fed in, the drum moves up and down between the stops and makes a vary annoying clunking sound. Is this normal ? Everything else is running so smooth and quiet and then you here clunk clunk clunk sound as your moving down the field. I know I could move the limits but would have less rock protection. Do they make hard rubber or poly stops ? Anyone else run into this ? Thank you
  11. Big Leonard

    Chopping and Baling Corn Stalks

    We use a New Holland 56 roll a bar rake. It works OK. We only bale about 500 small squares for the old barn.
  12. Big Leonard

    Chopping and Baling Corn Stalks

    Have not had any trouble with the knotter on the 276 new holland, works great. That is a 1976 966 that we bought from a farmer in Thor Iowa with 480 hours on it in 1981. It was his smallest tractor and he had some skinny tires on it and all it did was cultivate. For years that was our biggest tractor. The paint is all original, It now has 3800 hours on it and all it does is plant and stalk chop. It has been a great tractor. Just got home from the county fair tractor pull, And as usual IH kicked some ass.
  13. Big Leonard

    Chopping and Baling Corn Stalks

    Here is a cool video of my 8 year old son and 85 year old dad chopping and baling corn stalks a couple years ago. Nice to see the new and old generation working together. Thanks