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Old 03-21-2009, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is a machine I saw in a ranchers yard at Recluse, WY. This is the only White combine I have ever seen. I couldn't get a picture from the front because there were cows in the way. Researching 5542s, I found that they were humiliated by one appearing in the movie Broke Back Mountain.




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Old 03-21-2009, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never seen Broke Back Mountian but I've heard the gist of it, and that's funny.

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Odd with that green fuel tank strapped on there since the rest of the machine looks pristine. I'm assuming it's a replacement - our old White 7300 tank rusted out and we had to replace it as well.
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My neighbour runs that 'bine...

I was surprised at the capacity of that thing. It could keep up to my 860!
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It looks like the guy rigged up an auxiliary fuel tank on the back hood - now that's an original idea. I hadn't been on one of those for 30 years until a hobby farmer neighbour bought one a year or two ago - sure brought back a lot of good memories. They were good, simple machines with good capacity for their era.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I didn't even know White made combines until I saw this one. It looks like he has an Oliver, too. I haven't been able to get close. I don't want to have to explain what I'm doing in somebody's yard. If he is around when I stop I'll ask about this machine. This White didn't look bad, except for some missing glass in the cab. It's too bad so many brands fell by the wayside.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Don,

This movie that had a 5542 was filmed mostly in southern AB, even though it was set in WY.
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Thanks oldjim. After seeing this one, I used the search feature on this forum and found them in the Massey section. I think he has an Oliver, but it is further back and I don't know this rancher well enough yet to go driving around his place. My job is delivering fuel for Co-op so I get to check out a lot of territory. Some I see aren't my customers so I don't have access. I wish I had pictures of some of the combines I have spotted over the years on harvest or on road trips. I can't remember where most of them are at like an old Case I saw in the middle of KS. Here is a shot of this model as it appeared in Brokeback Mountain.

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Greenie, check the Massey Ferguson section, there's quite a few posts about White combines and their forerunners, Cockshutt, Oliver and Minneapolis-Moline. I think there's a couple of videos about the 5542 like you seen. Since there's no separate section for White most of the posts are included in the MF section. Massey took over the White rotary combine when White went under, and they all ended up under the AGCO banner eventually.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Howdy Jim, looks like we survived another Sask. winter. I was going to mention that the reason for the green tank on the red White combine was likely that it was from an Oliver combine since Oliver and White (Cockshutt) were one and the same machine in that era.
Also the fellow that commented on a 5542 keeping up to his 860 must have been joking. I've worked in the same field with 542 and 5542 combines and, as good as they were, there was no way in the world they would even keep up with my 510 Massey at the time. And the 860 had way more capacity than the 510.
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