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Thought some of you all might enjoy these pictures.  Decided to rebuild the pickup of our 276 baler this winter.  Rebuilt the plunger a couple years ago, lot of new knotter parts last year.  Should be in pretty good shape after this.

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I did not realize how many parts there are in a super sweep pickup!  And they don't come apart easily if they've never been apart in 50 years!

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The pickup is out.

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All this was under that cover...

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hiding this...

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That is one of 2 main pickup reel bearings.  This ones gone!  Good thing we tore it down!

Now its all disassembled.  Did a little straightening and welding on the main frame, the we'll do a little paint and start going back together.  I've got almost $1000 in new parts from our good friends at Esch Hay Equipment, waiting to be put on here.  So in case you were wondering the cost to rebuild your super sweep pickup, about $1000 if you do all the bearings, all the teeth, and most of the sheet metal and guards.

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be sure to check/change the cam follower bearings and the track they run in. BTDT on one of the hay pickup heads for the chopper. Had a really worn spot in the track so it made the reel jump.

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On a bearing like that, that is very hard to get to I have started using Fafnir bearings as replacements. Some of the replacement bearings sold over the parts counter are very poor quality anymore it seems. I would definitely make sure the replacement is a good quality. I source a lot of old stock USA bearings from eBay. Often for not a lot of money. 

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13 hours ago, ny bill o said:

be sure to check/change the cam follower bearings and the track they run in. BTDT on one of the hay pickup heads for the chopper. Had a really worn spot in the track so it made the reel jump.

Cam follower bearings are being replaced. The track seems to be in good shape, but I'll be sure and double check for flat spots.  Thanks for the tip!

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10 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

On a bearing like that, that is very hard to get to I have started using Fafnir bearings as replacements. Some of the replacement bearings sold over the parts counter are very poor quality anymore it seems. I would definitely make sure the replacement is a good quality. I source a lot of old stock USA bearings from eBay. Often for not a lot of money. 

I'm not sure what brand Mr. Esch has sent me.  Usually they are pretty good about only using quality stuff.  Now that is is disassembled, I can see there is a way to replace that bearing without removing the pickup, IF the locking collar and bearing hadn't been fused to the shaft from 50 years of corrosion. But IN THEORY, replacing this bearing next time shouldn't be as bad.

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Main frame after straightening and welding.20230224_142555.thumb.jpg.be3dd92e397c456b92660ea122ef133e.jpg

A little paint makes everything better!

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Packed the wheel bearings while I had the wheels off.

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Now we just wait for paint to dry and reassemble!  Its not a @Tonyinca baler restoration, but it ought to be a lot better than it was!

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Got some work done on it today.  Reel is back on the frame, new bearings installed.  New side guards (very pleased with them.)  It rolls nice and smooth.  I think I'll hire the kids to bolt the teeth back in, there's 60 of 'em!  (Teeth, not kids.)

Old side piece and new.

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Other side.  This one was pretty ragged!

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And putting it together and getting the reel lined up correctly. 

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Looks good. I never rebuilt the whole pickup but put a lot of pickup teeth in over the years. Hopefully the threads are all good where you attach the bands. Lots of fun if you need to put a nut on to keep them from coming off.

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51 minutes ago, ray54 said:

Looks good. I never rebuilt the whole pickup but put a lot of pickup teeth in over the years. Hopefully the threads are all good where you attach the bands. Lots of fun if you need to put a nut on to keep them from coming off.

The old ones came out okay, so I'm hopeful.  I ordered all new screws.  I also bought a few oversized self tappers, in case any of the holes are stripped out, we'll just go up one size with a new self tapper.

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Well, we got back on this today and have it pretty well finished.  Need to pick up some machine bushing shims to set the spacing on one sprocket.  But its pretty well back together.  Not too bad going back together. 

I do wish I'd taken a few more pains straightening the pieces the guarda mount to on the main frame.  We straightened them by eye, they are fine functionally, but the guards would look better and line up better if we'd been a little more particular straightening the mounts.  But oh well, its close enough for our purposes.  FIL said we really ought to have painted the rest of it while the pickup was off.  I'm afraid he's right... but now, that will have to wait until next winter.

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We got them a little straighter than this.  But could have been better.  Also, the new guards were just a little longer than the originals, and we reused the originals that were still good, so...oh well.

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I will put this chain, the idlers, and cover on after I find some shims to get the right spacing on that reel gear.

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Check out that grass in the background.  It has really greened up the last week.  I sure how we are done with serious cold, or it'll git bit back pretty hard...

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Really should have painted the rest of it...

Hope y'all have enjoyed this little project. 

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8 hours ago, Gearclash said:

Get that wind guard adjusted so the fingers are just above the pickup tines.  The way it is the windward fingers just impede the crop flow and make the pickup tines work harder.

I will get it adjusted up.  It had always been like it is in the pictures, and it never occured to me that there was a bolt there for a reason, to set the height.  Thanks for the tip!

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