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That picture was taken in 1997, I think, or close to it. That is me, my brother and Dad running our three in a 400 acre field. Not many corn fields that big in Iowa. Started running the first 915 when I was 14. Remember when I bought the 1680 which was during bean combining. The dealer brought it out, I put the bean head on and went to the field. I had to run with the door open to make sure it was running! It was sooooo quiet, I adjusted quickly to AC and a working monitor though. I did always enjoy the old 915 too.

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915s are rare as hens teeth around here probably for good reason. 

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The 915 was a popular combine in rice country when new. By the mid 80s everyone wanted a 1460/80 and they were dirt cheap. Dad bought a 915 rice special in the late 80s for 1500 with a 16.5 810 header. Ran it until the hydrostat went out and bought a 1460. I still run the 1460. Thx-Ace

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We still have a late model 915, I think 1977?. Still use it on 20 acres a year or so but it seems like every year we end up wondering why we didnt just drive the 1680 over from the other farm. Its not a bad old combine just wore out. 

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52 minutes ago, TheIHMan said:

We still have a late model 915, I think 1977?. Still use it on 20 acres a year or so but it seems like every year we end up wondering why we didnt just drive the 1680 over from the other farm. Its not a bad old combine just wore out. 

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Nice looking combine you have. Does yours have the silver dash?

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I have a low profile 915 haven't used in a couple years, since I got the 1660 it's too easy just to jump in it and go. I plan on shelling some corn with it this fall I would cut some beans but I didn't get the header height control adapted to work on the 1020 head. I used to have a 820 head for it I hated that thing it wanted to build up and send wads through it but at least the HHC worked. I have some pics of it working when it was my only combine.

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1 hour ago, ihred said:

I have a low profile 915 haven't used in a couple years, since I got the 1660 it's too easy just to jump in it and go. I plan on shelling some corn with it this fall I would cut some beans but I didn't get the header height control adapted to work on the 1020 head. I used to have a 820 head for it I hated that thing it wanted to build up and send wads through it but at least the HHC worked. I have some pics of it working when it was my only combine.

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Yours is a late one by the shield behind the fuel tank. The late ones had a different walker pan drive that used the big shield

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On 9/11/2019 at 9:30 AM, DOCTOR EVIL said:

Had a family get-to-gether in Galesburg, Ill 3 weeks ago.  Was on the west side of I-74 right around Woodhull, Ill, Rt 17,  915 combine,  and looked to have about a 16 to 20 row corn head with at most 15 inch row spacing.  It's sitting in a small farm yard maybe 200-300 feet from the Interstate.  I suspect it's a mock-up, somebody's joke.

That combine has been there for many years.  The guy use to advertise for plastic row unit parts  for narrow row corn heads. 

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Had one for a couple years, replaced my tr86. Never missed a beat never got hot compared to that cat diesel in the NH. Twice the combine of the 86. Bought a salvage 1460 thou after that and like it much better

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2 hours ago, RKO said:

That combine has been there for many years.  The guy use to advertise for plastic row unit parts  for narrow row corn heads. 

I don't get down that piece of I-74 as often as I used to now that I live in Wisconsin since 1991. When I lived 18 miles from Woodhull there were times I ran to Galesburg or Peoria several times a day. Depended who I was driving for.

I found out about six months ago I'm distant relatives of the Calmers by marriage.

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23 hours ago, 2+2 Guy said:

Old "Nina" is gone she went somewhere in PA. She got retired about 4 years ago. I had no real complaints. It did a good job for me. If I could fault it for anything it would be the cleaning fan system. She did get her picture in Heritage Iron Magazine a few years back.

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I always wondered why the drive tires were mounted the way they are. 

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13 minutes ago, drglinski said:

I always wondered why the drive tires were mounted the way they are. 

Old trick guys did. If you got combine stuck theory was you could back it out if you stopped soon enough . Lots of custom combiners did that. Another thing is they sometimes pulled combines backwards to transport them on harvest run. A homemade frame under back axle to lift it and hook to truck and unhook axle drive coupler away you went. I think tires made less noise backwards. You seen a lot of gleaner g s pulled like that

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On 9/11/2019 at 9:30 AM, DOCTOR EVIL said:

Had a family get-to-gether in Galesburg, Ill 3 weeks ago.  Was on the west side of I-74 right around Woodhull, Ill, Rt 17,  915 combine,  and looked to have about a 16 to 20 row corn head with at most 15 inch row spacing.  It's sitting in a small farm yard maybe 200-300 feet from the Interstate.  I suspect it's a mock-up, somebody's joke.

if it's the one on the south or west side of 74  thats a 715 with a Calmers 15" head on it, been sitting there for years, 

is the one you're talking about?

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We had a real nice '76 model until we quit farming 10 years ago. Sold it to a customer of mine that needed a combine, and it's still going today with the 20' 820 grain table and 4 row wide corn head.

 

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33 minutes ago, Farmall Doctor said:

We had a real nice '76 model until we quit farming 10 years ago. Sold it to a customer of mine that needed a combine, and it's still going today with the 20' 820 grain table and 4 row wide corn head.

 

Nice combine. Watching that video brings back a flood of mostly happy memories. The sound inside the cab is unique to a 15 series, the sound of a ih Dt under constant load through a straight pipe heard that a few times when brother or dad run the combine. Yours is moving along pretty fast. The late headers feed better ,you had the factory approved hopper extension to. Ours was a 1x12 painted red though 175 bushels of dry heavy wheat if both sides filled evenly.last was having to clean hopper window so you could see through it every few days. I could see why dad thought he was in heaven jumping from f gleaner to late 815. 

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Thanks, Dale. We had no problems at all with that 820 flex head. The hydraulic cable controlled float system worked great....we always took the cable off and kept it in the shop when not in use and the header went in the barn. We used an SCH knife system with every other section upside down and the stamped steel guards, and even a worn out knife always cut great. This one replaced an equally nice 815 that plugged in tough beans one night and ruined the walkers and cranks. The cleaning air worked better in the 815, was easier to set, and the chopper had a better spread, but the 915 had the power to push the 20' in beans even when we had a bad ragweed problem before the days of Roundup Ready beans. The big treaded steer tires were awesome! They allowed the wheels to keep turning in soft ground, so you could still steer it straight.

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Here is pile of bent walkers from 815. We bent the 915 walkers in 87 kochia got under back of walkers and they bent up. There are corn and bean flaps for the walker ends to keep it from happening. The 915 walkers a local welding shop straightened and reinforced for 800 they are still in combine. They used to fix lots of walkers 

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Here is picture of corn flaps. No 39 once we put them in no more problems with weeds hanging on deflector

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On 9/11/2019 at 9:14 PM, 2+2 Guy said:

Old "Nina" is gone she went somewhere in PA. She got retired about 4 years ago. I had no real complaints. It did a good job for me. If I could fault it for anything it would be the cleaning fan system. She did get her picture in Heritage Iron Magazine a few years back.

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I think this is the best story I’ve heard about that combine....

 

 

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I really enjoyed that video, thanks for sharing it!

 

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Thanks for posting that video, Daniel. Gotta tell ya though, I can't hardly watch it without a tear in my eye, remembering  that day with Dad. Seems like yesterday. Special thanks to my friend Rob a.k.a. 1legonut for making that video.

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never owned one but worked for a farmer that did, well i think it was a 915, maybe a 715 or 815? i remember laying under that stupid thing with our arms stuck up inside trying to change cylinder bars and the wedge came out and got arm stuck- they were a pain to change and hard to hold up inside there and get the stupid bolts in, thats my memory of it, seemed to work ok i guess we always got the crops up each year with it - i remember changing bearings/belts too on it, auger wore through somewhere and we had to fix that, so yes some fixing for sure - it was a gasser v8 engine im pretty sure i thot it was odd seeing what i thought was a car engine up there 

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Where do you find the year it was built? My S/N is 24,765 and do we know the highest build number?

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47 minutes ago, ihred said:

Where do you find the year it was built? My S/N is 24,765 and do we know the highest build number?

You would be close to end. Dads is 12,000 something it is 4000 after the high profile according to part book

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