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Re: potato windrower

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09-15-2013 19:17:00

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I've never heard it called linderman chain, but I assume you've got regular steel link spud chain? If so, there should be a "cut link" somewhere- you've got to look at both ends of every link till you find it. the very end of the rod will have a bevel cut on the inside of the loop. usually only one end of that link. that gets unhooked first, then you have to shift the opposite hook along the rod it attaches to, then work it loose. assembly is reverse order. once you get the chain apart, you'll find you can only remove a link from the one end-- at the other, the first link is trapped in place by the second.
i know that's a lot of words, but once you've done it, it's pretty straitforward.

btw when the chain gets worn, you can separate it anywhere.

you don't have to cut anything, and other than maybe a hammer to jar the thing back together (especially if the chain is in good shape, not worn) you shouldn't need any tools.

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09-15-2013 19:58:40

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 Re: potato windrower in reply to mazemeister, 09-15-2013 19:17:00  
Mazemiester, No what you're describing is like the beet chain I have dealt with. This is more like what Handyman is describing the heads of all the links look like they were riveted. It has short flat bars sort of like roller chain without the rollers and the second flat strap. I was just wondering if anybody had used a potato windrower for a stone picker and how they solved the stones getting in behind the nose roller behind the blade.

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09-16-2013 18:16:12

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 Re: potato windrower in reply to caterpillar guy, 09-15-2013 19:58:40  
OK, i've never dealt with linderman chain. just hook chain and belted. but i think every potato digger is at least an unintentional rock picker! we always used to collect the rocks harvested with the potatoes so as not to dump them back in the field.

what size rocks are giving you trouble? if they are getting inside the chain, where are they falling through? is there something to change there? just thinking out loud without seeing your machine...

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09-15-2013 21:29:14

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 Re: potato windrower in reply to caterpillar guy, 09-15-2013 19:58:40  
maizemeister is talking about hook chain, linderman chain is made up of rods with heads riveted onto them and held together with short side plates. with your rocks getting caught in the roller and between the chain and side of the machine I think one solution to that would be to mount a second nose roller below the one you have now so the rocks would have more room to tumble out below the frame of the machine, it will require welding a mounting bracket below the frame to bolt the roller to and yes it will probably drop the chain down below the blade but it may be worth a try . but no matter what you do rocks will always be a problem in that area

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