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Old 09-28-2012, 11:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I might be getting a TR85 combine, but it only has a belt header. I am located in the Pacific west coast. I would like to know how common, and hard or easy, it is to get a straight cut header for a TR85. Any size would do, even a 12 footer. Any ideas?
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Would that be a 970 header?
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The early tr85 had a 960 header, the later the 970. A 971 is hydraulic reel drive.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This has a 960 pickup header.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if you have the 960 header (small auger) you have a 1980 combine with the small rotor gearboxs, i have one of these. There were kits to adapt 960 headers to 970 feeders but not the other way. For what you are doing this combine will do you fine. 960 headers are worth 1000 or less. I have one not used for 8 years. Keep an eye on the gearbox oil levels, and the bubble up auger gearbox. Mousetraps will be your best friend.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How many hours on your 85? What has it combined?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It has 2188 engine hours. The owner was using it for spinach seed, cabbage seed, wheat, and soybeans once.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sounds like you you should have good tin. The one magor issue is the valve springs. Pull off your tappet covers and look for colored stripes. Somewhere i have the code. The bad ones dropped valves.
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You can get parts for the 3208 at least. At least that's what my local mechanic said. The engine runs beautiful, smokes a little when cold, but they all do I believe. Way nicer than the JD 6600. I am going to wax it!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Even if I expand quite a bit, this machine is quite capable of doing so. I really like the design of it.
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