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Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker

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Jason S.

02-16-2014 16:15:02
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I got started tearing down the Ford 601 corn picker I got from the scrap yard the other day. Most of the bearings and belts are good but the gathering chains are very rusty and stiff. I thought about soaking them in kerosene or something for a while. Anybody have a better idea or solution? Thanks for your help.




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dboll

02-18-2014 08:51:56
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
I'd just use dsl. fuel in a 5 gal bucket, they will loosen up after being run a little



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Bob Bancroft

02-17-2014 05:14:42
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
Any corn picker gathering chains I ever saw were link chains. Even on the new, New Idea pickers popular here in my younger years. From the extravagant mixtures and advice here, I'm wondering if most everyone else knows something I don't, and these are roller chains? I spent enough time hauling around a clanging NI picker that I know any lube on those old link type gathering chains is a waste, except for rust prevention during storage, or in this case, fighting years of rust.

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Leroy

02-18-2014 02:57:17
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Bob Bancroft, 02-17-2014 05:14:42  
A lot of the later corn picker chains were roller chains same as the combine corn heads and some of them could be converted to the newer style with just the new chain on the old sprockets.



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maxwell99

02-17-2014 04:38:23
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
your chains may be too big for this trick

I have had good luck getting rusted items apart by soaking them in:

50/50 percent solution of acetone and Automatic transmission fluid.

but, you would need a container that had a sealable top (5 gal bucket) as the acetone will evaporate off in time.

also this solution is very flammable!!!!

it will work in time on some of those things that just, must come apart and you can not put heat on them.

as others have said: soaking them in oil, maybe with a little graphite added for extra measure.

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BushogPapa

02-16-2014 17:19:07
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
When you get them clean and loosened up, heat equal parts 90 Wt gear oil and Petroleum Jelly together (150 Deg approx.) and soak your chains it that. Agitate well and hang them up to cool and drain off. Stays in a chain much longer. I use this on Motorcycle chains also.. Really stays in them in the Winter..! Ron.



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Bob

02-16-2014 21:08:56
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to BushogPapa, 02-16-2014 17:19:07  
A couple of tubes of cheap grease heated up in a deep fryer works, as well. I just found my so-purposed fryer and added a tube of grease and "restored" some chains, just a few days ago.



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showcrop

02-16-2014 18:01:15
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to BushogPapa, 02-16-2014 17:19:07  
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Papa, I used to use that recipe and procedure when I was competing. I was trying to remember it recently. Thanks!



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Dalex

02-16-2014 16:51:25
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
I'll second that .I don't know how big they are , but maybe clean them with electrolysis (tank & Battery Charger ) first ? That can free them up too....



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Bob Bancroft

02-16-2014 16:37:29
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Jason S., 02-16-2014 16:15:02  
Rather than waste the cost of fresh fuel, I used to use used motor oil. With submergence, and time, it will soak in.



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Leroy

02-18-2014 03:01:51
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Bob Bancroft, 02-16-2014 16:37:29  
I have seen plenty of roller chains that oil WILL NOT soak in being in the oil for 2 years and still as stiff as when put in and kerosine will work a lot better on loosening up roller chains and I think that picker should have roller chain type gathering chains. Flat link would be easy to loosen up but not roller type.



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JMS/.MN

02-16-2014 17:12:59
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 Re: Soaking gathering chains for a corn picker in reply to Bob Bancroft, 02-16-2014 16:37:29  
I"ll second that- plenty of time til you need them, and it"ll get the job done in fine shape.



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