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On 10/12/2023 at 8:07 AM, wheatking said:

haha just jokin on the auto steer i put it in my swather before i had it in the combine that made life easier as i cant hold a straight line no matter what and being we had the 21-2388 sometime depending on canola crop 36ft was to big so i could set it to 30 or 33 ft and go nicely

 

better lights on the 2188 would be better i was always gonna put them on mine to but then just upgraded combine, my seeding tractor id like to install LEDs 

 

must be nice to get all them goody bags, i didnt get any this year, but the banks and FCC have come out before 

Oh I’d like to put it in everything for sure just the price tag says otherwise lol.  I’m not sure I can get compatible parts for our outback anymore either if I wanted to put it in the combine or swather. Haven’t looked into it to see if their newer hyd valves and steering wheels would work with our older s3 monitors or not. They’ve sure been good to us otherwise. Have them in the 2 tractors and sprayer.  Considered setting up the air drill with sectional control for the nh3 but I never bothered. 

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Not sure how auto steer would work on the Magnum and pull type combine. 🙂 Really not an issue here as we don't have a lot of straight lines in the fields and I have no problem working a steering wheel. 

Down to the last 60 acres of canola swaths but the weather is putting me on hold today as its cloudy, cold and damp. Got the old 1660 out of the shed after a two or three year rest and tried it on canola swaths. Rigged up an oil catcher for the leak at the pto box but for some reason it does not leak now as much as it used to. Ran all day without adding oil or finding any in the drain tray. It handles the canola swath lumps as good or better than the JD pull type as the visibility and control is better. But if it comes to a good heavy straight line swath the 7721 definitely has a little edge in capacity. That posi torque cylinder drive will give the 7130 a good workout and not plug the cylinder. The 1660 axial is banging and crashing as the lumps hit the rotor. 1660 is way easier and quicker to unplug the auger/feederhouse than the JD. Some video from a couple of days ago. 

 

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2 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

I’m just curious because I’ve never been around 7721 but did they have a feederhouse reverser??

Nothing in the way of original equipment for a reverser on these. After market only. This one has a very simple one. A ring bolted to the table auger with holes and a special lever to fit in there and pry. It works pretty well for the auger but does not do a thing for the feeder chain as the belt just slips. 7721reverser.thumb.jpg.c7c51cc620740ae73ad5cdeefecbb328.jpg

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10 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Nothing in the way of original equipment for a reverser on these. After market only. This one has a very simple one. A ring bolted to the table auger with holes and a special lever to fit in there and pry. It works pretty well for the auger but does not do a thing for the feeder chain as the belt just slips. 7721reverser.thumb.jpg.c7c51cc620740ae73ad5cdeefecbb328.jpg

Had the exact same thing on the 6601 we had. Boy did I give that a workout the 2 years we had it. Was so happy when we bought another 914 lol

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17 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Nothing in the way of original equipment for a reverser on these. After market only. This one has a very simple one. A ring bolted to the table auger with holes and a special lever to fit in there and pry. It works pretty well for the auger but does not do a thing for the feeder chain as the belt just slips. 7721reverser.thumb.jpg.c7c51cc620740ae73ad5cdeefecbb328.jpg

Thanks.  Learn something new every day.  The self propelled models had a gear box reverser you engage in the cab then you engage the separator to back out the plug.  That feature alone sold a few JD combines around here. 

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2 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Nothing in the way of original equipment for a reverser on these. After market only. This one has a very simple one. A ring bolted to the table auger with holes and a special lever to fit in there and pry. It works pretty well for the auger but does not do a thing for the feeder chain as the belt just slips. 7721reverser.thumb.jpg.c7c51cc620740ae73ad5cdeefecbb328.jpg

Did the pull type machines use the same feeder house as a self propelled? Is it possible to mount a 7720 feeder house with a reverser on it? It used to be a somewhat common conversion to see 7700 machines with a 7720 feeder house so that they would have a reverser. When I ran the 7700 I was much more careful because I didn’t want to have to unplug it. 

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9 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

Did the pull type machines use the same feeder house as a self propelled?

No the pull type has a different drive setup for the feeder consisting of two belts on the left hand side of the feeder house. Both spring loaded tighteners with no provisions to adjust tension. 

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5 hours ago, Loadstar said:

No the pull type has a different drive setup for the feeder consisting of two belts on the left hand side of the feeder house. Both spring loaded tighteners with no provisions to adjust tension. 

I looked in the parts catalog and they do seem to show a similar, possibly the same, system for a 7720. I think just looking at the parts catalog, a conversion could be possible using factory parts. Feasible or cost effective? I doubt it. It would be interesting just to see if it could be done. I have never personally seen a 7720 with a fixed speed feeder house. Variable speed was viewed as a necessity for running row crop and corn heads. I have also never laid eyes on a pull type combine newer than the 1950’s era. I enjoy your videos of it running. 
 

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9 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

. I have never personally seen a 7720 with a fixed speed feeder house.  
 

Neither have I.  For some reason the dealers out here had it in their mind you needed a variable speed feederhouse.  So every 20 series and Maximizer series had them.  Maybe it was standard I don’t know.  Then after the STS series came out we and the dealers started ordering them with fixed speed feederhouses and now that’s all you see

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23 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

It used to be a somewhat common conversion to see 7700 machines with a 7720 feeder house so that they would have a reverser. When I ran the 7700 I was much more careful because I didn’t want to have to unplug it. 

That’s interesting and something I’ve never seen yet.  Hard to believe JD didn’t have a true reverser on the pull types.  

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4 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

Neither have I.  For some reason the dealers out here had it in their mind you needed a variable speed feederhouse.  So every 20 series and Maximizer series had them.  Maybe it was standard I don’t know.  Then after the STS series came out we and the dealers started ordering them with fixed speed feederhouses and now that’s all you see

It’s funny because you don’t see many variable speed feeder houses here anymore either. The variable speed causes nothing but trouble on 12 row and bigger corn heads, especially if it’s a chopping head. The heads just pull too hard. Our newest machine has the 5 speed feeder house. 

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3 minutes ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

It’s funny because you don’t see many variable speed feeder houses here anymore either. The variable speed causes nothing but trouble on 12 row and bigger corn heads, especially if it’s a chopping head. The heads just pull too hard. Our newest machine has the 5 speed feeder house. 

I’ve heard that too. Out of all the JD combines we had, only one gave us problems and it was the CTS.  Called the dealer and all their techs were out on call so they sent out a couple guys from the Harvest Tech support crew which are suppose just follow the custom cutters.  They got us going again

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Well it’s not exactly crop related but thought I’d throw up a few pics anyways lol. Took off this afternoon and went north east of home across the river. Some of you might remember this spot from previous years pics. One of my favorite spots close to home to go to.  Toured around on some back trails that I hadn’t been on before and made my way back across to the main trails. Definitely wasn’t alone up there. Lots of big fresh wolf tracks everywhere.  Was a nice little break and kind of the first real quad ride away from home all summer. Hoping to get out once or twice more before the white stuff comes. Stoped by and checked out the new shelter too. They’re not done yet but it’s coming along pretty nicely. Stove is in just needs the tin on the roof and some other finishing touches. 

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7 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

It’s funny because you don’t see many variable speed feeder houses here anymore either. The variable speed causes nothing but trouble on 12 row and bigger corn heads, especially if it’s a chopping head. The heads just pull too hard. Our newest machine has the 5 speed feeder house. 

I had no idea there was such a thing as a variable speed feeder house. Not sure if it would help me with wheat and canola. Looks like the feeder house on the 1660 has problems as tonight it got real noisy and pushed the feeder chain over to the right so it rubbed on the inside of the housing. Too dark to tell whats going on. Looks like I may go back to the 7721 tomorrow as I don't want to waste any good weather fixing the IH. Probably time for a new feeder chain and silencer kit. 

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8 hours ago, Loadstar said:

I had no idea there was such a thing as a variable speed feeder house. Not sure if it would help me with wheat and canola. Looks like the feeder house on the 1660 has problems as tonight it got real noisy and pushed the feeder chain over to the right so it rubbed on the inside of the housing. Too dark to tell whats going on. Looks like I may go back to the 7721 tomorrow as I don't want to waste any good weather fixing the IH. Probably time for a new feeder chain and silencer kit. 

The idea was to match the speed of the gathering belts (row crop head) or gathering chains (corn head) to the ground speed. The variable speed belt generates a lot of heat, especially on a big load. On a big corn head it will just cook the oil in the reverser gearcase, even with a cooler on it. The variable speed was supposed to be locked out using a platform, because it uses the reel lift line to hydraulically adjust speed. Anything other than a row crop head or corn head was supposed to be operated at only the slowest speed. Even before we had bigger heads we always ran the feeder house as slow as it would go in corn. If you ran it fast, the gathering chains just wore out that much faster. 
 

On 7700 and previous machines that didn’t have a reverser there used to be some aftermarket attachments that used a ring gear and a starter motor to reverse the entire feeder house. There may be something like that still in a salvage yard somewhere. 

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17 minutes ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

 
 

On 7700 and previous machines that didn’t have a reverser there used to be some aftermarket attachments that used a ring gear and a starter motor to reverse the entire feeder house. There may be something like that still in a salvage yard somewhere. 

That is the type of reverser I have on the 1660 IH. It worked for a few years when I first got the combine but quit at some point and I never got around to fixing it. Plugged feeder house or auger was not a big issue on the 1660 normally. This harvest is a little beyond normal. 

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The Mogul Place up river from me

Kind of a bugger this year

The brown on the left is swamp and no man's land

The brown on the right is sunflowers and russian thistle so thick it would plug the swather and rake so just left it

Other than that it put up double the bales of last year

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On 10/13/2023 at 11:41 PM, Farmerboy72 said:

This close to done with beans and am waiting for fuel! Lo fuel warning has beeped at me twice, better not take the chance!

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A pleasure to see this Axial Flow combine harvester 974250.gif
Looks like it just came out of the East Moline factory

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Was a cool wet day here today again. Decided to light up the brush cutting I did last fall on the home quarter.  Wet enough there wasn’t much danger of it spreading at least.  Have to take the hoe out tomorrow and repile it after it’s burnt down if it dries up enough. 
 

Could hear the neighbor combining late into the night/this morning. Not sure if they got done or not. Still a few guys chewing away around here yet. 
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Yards still a greasy mess but the fields were firm enough I was able to get the hoe out this afternoon and repile what hadn’t burnt up yet. Went back out tonight for close to a hour and just soaked in the heat. Semi warm out yet, stars were out bright and the northern lights were shinning a bit. Doesn’t get much more peaceful. Could’ve pulled up a lawn chair and fell asleep out there lol. Coyotes would probably wake me up in the night though lol. Not sure what it was but there was something in the fence line just a couple hundred feet to the south last night while I was out there.  Ours year branches breaking in the bush. Sounded pretty big so I didn’t stick around to try and make friends. 

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Curious who all got snow today. Nothing here at all. Was sunny all day. Definitely a chill in the air though.  Went and cut a load of firewood this afternoon. First load of many so hopefully the snow holds off for a couple weeks yet anyways. Sure nice working in the bush right now. No bugs and east to move around. Working on getting some trails opened up yet for winter at the same time so it’s kind of a win win lol. 

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started snowing here about supper time yesterday the ground is white with a couple inches, i thought more of it would melt as it hit the ground but alot still here was about minus 2 all day, start of winter i guess, quickly finished putting everything away on sunday, as hoping for abit more fall weather yet for a few jobs but winter showed up so i guess i'll get the sled shined up and running again 

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Started Sunday evening and same 2 inches staying, I thought the ground was warmer and it would melt, calling for -14C tonight, it would have been nice to have another week or 2 but is was a good run.

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Little rain Sunday night but then Monday night brought us several inches of snow. Very thankful to be done harvest but still have one combine to clean up. Bales to haul and hoped to do a little harrowing before winter starts. Hoping this is just a preview and it will melt giving us another week or so of decent weather but at this point its not looking too hopeful. 

 

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