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Well I got home for break and I went ahead and pictured all combine pages for the summer/fall buyers guides. Hope you all can blow these up to read them.

The first time a 15 series shows up was in 1968 which is the 315.

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1969

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1970

815 has a V304 128 hp gas engine, V345 144hp gas or LP engine, and a D407 120hp 6 straight six diesel. 

915 has a V345 144 hp gas or LP engine, V392 158 HP gas or D407 120 hp straight six diesel. 

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1971

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1972

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1973

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My uncle went from a 141 IH combine to a new 815, he thought he was in hog heaven.

DWF

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8 minutes ago, DWF said:

My uncle went from a 141 IH combine to a new 815, he thought he was in hog heaven.

DWF

I think my dad said he had a 151 ih when he farmed just a bit in the 60s. He bought a f gleaner then went to the 815. He never wanted a jd or Massey . I think when he was a kid his dad was all jd for a while and had a 6ft jd and the Massey super 92 turned him off when they used to have to work on the engines on them.

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43 minutes ago, DWF said:

My uncle went from a 141 IH combine to a new 815, he thought he was in hog heaven.

DWF

There was a local in my neighborhood who farmed like it was 1955 with a JD R and IH 141.  I rode with him on the 141 about 20 years ago.  He has since passed on but it inspired me to start collecting combines .  

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1 hour ago, dale560 said:

Massey super 92 turned him off when they used to have to work on the engines on them.

Just checking the oil on them was a PITA.  But putting the engine down there made them a lot easier to haul on the back of a grain truck and easier to shed something I appreciate vs my IH 151 and JD 55.  I understood that mechanics simply took the tire off and slid the engine out for any major work on them. 

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3 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

Just checking the oil on them was a PITA.  But putting the engine down there made them a lot easier to haul on the back of a grain truck and to shed something I appreciate vs my IH 151 and 55.  I understood that mechanics simply took the tire off and slid the fine for any major work on them. 

That’s what he always said. Take the tire off slide the engine out usually to fix some burnt valves and away she would go. The service station he worked at the owner kept some complete engines on hand for them just for harvest. 

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Flipping through my IH Farm Equipment Reference Catalog today and I found this one page December 1968 sheet on 700 series corn heads for the 8 & 915’s. Seems there was talk on here about corn heads so thought I’d post this. 

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21 minutes ago, Drysleeves said:

 IH was always thinking outside the box but not always in a profitable manner.

Except JD and Gleaner had 20 inch row spacing headers in the 60s too and gleaner might have been the first.  So all three were thinking outside the box 

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3 hours ago, Drysleeves said:

And 20 inch row spacing. IH was always thinking outside the box but not always in a profitable manner.

Dad wore out a 6-20” and a 8-20” head from IH in the ‘60’s as well a 4-20” on a gleaner and a 8-20” on a Massey. 

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There was what was considered a very forward thinking farm around here that was running Gleaner 20” heads in the 60’s. The story was they gave up on 20” corn because it would not stand up in 20” rows. They were a large farm at the time. It has been totally erased now. I bet every single acre they farmed back then is a sub division now. 

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49 minutes ago, acem said:

Did they offer 20 inch rows with the 800/900 series pickers? 

I've never seen or even heard of one.

No.  You can custom-make a 20" cornhead, but you have to use 800 series row unit gearboxes & clutches.  Had a customer years ago that had a "1082" cornhead, 8 row 20" machine.  It was custom built off a 854 cornhead, used 800 series row unit gearboxes, 900/1000 row units, then updated to 1000 series stalk roll assemblies with water pump bearings.  Couldn't use the 900/1000 row unit gearboxes & clutches, as you couldn't narrow it down to 20" rows.

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On 11/25/2023 at 12:59 PM, acem said:

So why did 20" corn come, go and come again?

Although I've grown a little corn I don't consider myself a corn farmer.

I believe the idea of 20 inch rows is/was quicker canopy to keep weed presure down. Someone was telling me onetime that one of the colleges did a study and determined that ideal spacing would be either 20x20 or maybe 15x15 for the plants to canopy an make ideal use of nutrients.  I'm sure improved yields is also a goal. As for why it comes and goes? I don't know but would guess logistics of finding equipment set up for it as well as the challenges of navigating narrower rows? 

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2 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

I believe the idea of 20 inch rows is/was quicker canopy to keep weed presure down. Someone was telling me onetime that one of the colleges did a study and determined that ideal spacing would be either 20x20 or maybe 15x15 for the plants to canopy an make ideal use of nutrients.  I'm sure improved yields is also a goal. As for why it comes and goes? I don't know but would guess logistics of finding equipment set up for it as well as the challenges of navigating narrower rows? 

When I was doing 20” rows against the 30’s on good flat black soil it was a draw but on marginal HEL land the 20” corn would blow the 30” away by 25-30 bpa. It works better the farther north in the belt you live. 

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