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Strangest things

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01-02-2013 18:40:18

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I posted this on tractor talk as well. My question is: What is the strangest thing you have found on used/borrowed equipment.

This summer I bought a used Oliver 7300 combine. I cut all of my soybeans with it this fall. Monday I was cleaning it to "put it up for the winter" While blowing some of the dust/trash off with an air hose I noticed something strange in the trash above the fan. At first I thought it was a spider, then maybe a childs toy. It was a pair of glasses. They looked like perscription glasses to me. I called the previous owner and he was not missing any.

How Strange


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01-06-2013 06:45:44

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
I found a horse shoe stuck in the front of a straw walker on my old 95 when I bought it. Took an hour a wiggling to get it out, It now hangs above the shop door. Funny thing is it wasent chewed up or bent. Bandit

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JD Seller

01-04-2013 07:56:00

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
I went to check the oil on my JD 6620 this fall. You know how the engine hood doubles folds. I was watching the hood so I did not catch anything while opening it. Then I leaned in to pull the dip stick and was face to face with a big She coon. She was not happy with me either. LOL.

I know I just about had to have an underwear changing after that. The coon ran down and out the back.

Years ago I had trouble one summer while cutting wheat. Every time you would stop to check the chaffer/sieve setting you would get swarmed with those little black Bumble bees. They had built a nest inside of the rear axle. It took me two nights of spraying with gas to finally get them all. Those little Black Bees are mean little buggers.

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Case Nutty 1660

01-04-2013 06:35:33

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
one year while going over my Case 1000 combine I had greased it checked the belts and chains over and as I always do I got in it and fired it up to let the threshing system runn for ten min or so and then check for heated brgs ect, I had just enguaged the machine and started to climb down to do a walk around, when the raddle chain slip clutch began chattering, I thought great some thing is wrong with it, so I climbed back up kicked the drive out climbed back down and was going to stick my head in to look over the sieves to see if I could see why the chain was locked up, the machine had not stopped running yet as I was half way to the rear of the machine and the splip clutch stopped slipping and I could see the raddle drive chain again turning, still on my way to the rear I started to bend down to look and skunk was shaken over the rear sieve and bounced off the rear axle! I could see instanly he had been locking up the chain,,, then the smell hit as he some how had sprayed during this, I quickly climbed up and shut off the engine and jumed into my car and headed for my house, not thinking any more about the smell, well my uncle who owns the place I farm house was about 250 feet from the combine and they has their swamp cooler running, when they got home about 15 min later they found it had pulled the smell into the house!! took several hrs with thw indows open to air out,,, I was not real poular that day cnt

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01-03-2013 20:25:38

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
This fall when I was running the combine in corn the temp gauge was climbing so I shut it down and lifted the radiator screen. This is a fairly new Lexion that has a suction hose that sucks chaff away from the rotary radiator screen. The hose is about five inches in diameter and it was plugged. After some digging and a ton of chaff down my neck I found a pair of sunglasses wedged in the hose about three feet down from the top opening. Jim

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mike french

01-03-2013 10:21:37

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
When I worked at an IH dealership I was working on a 1460 combine up around the valve stack left of cab and found an IH wrench, must of been there since new because it had been painted red, still have that wrench some were.

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Nathaniel Watts

01-03-2013 08:10:40

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
When I picked up my JD 11A, we loaded it and talked quite a while. About 50 miles up the road a very large raccoon came out of the back. Before I could slow down he jumped into traffic on I77 at 70mph. Not sure why he waited so long to come out.

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01-03-2013 05:36:12

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
I too have an Oliver 7300 that I tried on soybeans. Mine has the auto header height control too. Couldn't get the head low enough to catch the bottom pods. How did you get your head low enough. What did I do wrong on set-up. Thanks

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Josh in Pa

01-03-2013 14:50:59

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to daled2, 01-03-2013 05:36:12  
I have one too. If your head wouldn't go low enough, I bet that the cable from the head to the cab is not adjusted properly. There are some dimensions in the book. If it is set right, the knob in the cab can be turned to adjust the height of the platform. It will cut pretty close, but doesn't feed real well sometimes.

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01-03-2013 10:29:29

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to daled2, 01-03-2013 05:36:12  
If your machine has the helper lift springs on cylinders to lift head, they may be set up to tight to let the head go down.

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01-03-2013 05:26:02

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 Re: Strangest things in reply to JWalker, 01-02-2013 18:40:18  
Years ago a neighbor bought a very well used Gleaner his friend was running it one day and had a problem with the rethrasher on when i went to ajjust the screens on it someone had screw a yard stick and a very large piece of carpet to the walker pan to keep it from leaking.

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