The farmer had been using it to combine wheat and barley and had been raking and baling the straw from the wheat as animal bedding. The machine started and ran, moved back and forth, and all of the parts spun and shook. the front tires are worn, the rear tires are brand-new. It's got dings and wear spots here and there, but appeared to have no oil leaks, and all of the lift cylinders were tight.
On the side of the combine the name of the previous owner, prior to the auction farm, and i called them and asked about this combine; it had been used to pick up high-value seed; spinach and kale and chard and grass seed; owner #1 said that the machine worked, and that he just didn't have enough work for it to justify keeping it, so sold it to owner #2 for his use.
I looked on the net and found this model of combine being sold with both corn and wheat headers, so I figured that it could probably do both with the appropriate headers, and when the auction came I made the first bid at $1,000, and there was only one other bidder. $3,000 and it was sold.
So I did what I always do when buying old equipment; I grabbed the owners manual and bought $300 worth of the fluids that this combine used; hydraulic oil and diesel and engine oil and grease, and spent 2 hours going over it making sure all fluids were topped off and everything was greased and that the running gear operated. It did start and run, the engine sounded good; it had oil, but was a little low...
So then I looked up the law on driving huge implements down the road and found a helpful brochure from the washington state patrol , which said that if the implement was less than 12'6" wide I didn't need to have a chase car or lead car, but I did have to have signs that said "oversized load" on the front and rear of the implement, and that I needed red flags at the widest points.
So I purchased a couple of oversized load signs, and two red flags, and I was all set to have my own parade!
|Some of them waved!|
No mishaps, got it home and into the barn. Now to start going through it to see what works and what doesn't, and to set it up for combining grain corn.