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Old 11-07-2006, 07:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How Does a Combine Work?

Someone asked me this question on another message board. And I don't quite know how to respond.

I understand it myself - I've been around combines all my life. But how do you explain it to someone over the internet?

I tried looking at howstuffworks.com to see if they had an explanation. But they don't.

I also tried masseyferguson.com to see if they had anything. But their stuff is aimed at people who already know how they work.

So I tried a google search. That got me about 500,000 hits. I looked through about 20, but got nothing useful.

Do any of you know of a website that offers any kind of explanation?
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ralf has done a good job of explaining it in a basic and easy to understand form. Crop moved into the machine, processed which includes separation of the straw from the kernels, kernels saved and straw discharged. Now there is more to it than that; a detailed breakdown of each process and an interrelationship of the processes. I can't think of a more articulate and very knowledgeable person than Combiness to do a first class job in explaining it all for you.
Hope you don't mind me volunteering you here, Combiness.
I know that you would do a better job than me. Thanks.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You left out the part about all the new cuss words you will learn.
slipping of wrenchs, a bolt that there is no way you can get to etc..
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you know how a combine works you can explain it, too.
It also depends on the forknowledge of the person you are talking to.

A combine harvester cuts the grain with the header in front of it, takes it in, then threshes the kernels out of the heads, separates the kernels from the rest of the material, disposes this redidue out the back and the cleaned grain in the tank on top.

After this you can go deeper into the various ways of gathering the crop to threshing and separating.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Perhaps this animation from the Claas -page would be useful for you.

This is the link to the 3.2 mb video:
claas.com/countries/generator/cl-pw/zzz_downloadcenter/document_pool/md/lexion-600/claas-lexion-animation,property=da taHigh,lang=de_DE.wmv

..and this for the 480kb, if you have a slower internet:

www.claas.com/countries/generator/cl-pw/zzz_downloadcenter/document_pool/md/lexion-600/claas-lexion-animation,proper ty=dataLow,lang=de_DE.wmv

But you have to mention, for someone who is not into such machinery, that the threshing system is a bit different from the classical "6 -Walker -Machine", like the first 'thresh boxes', or how you would call it in english, were built 60 or 100 years ago.
The show a twin -rotor in the Lexions, but an outstanding person does not know about this.

But a nice video, I think
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Because all the different ways to make the link running, Try out this if interested:

Type www[dot]in your browser, and past this link below

claas.com/countries/generator/cl-pw/de/claas/download/start,lang=de_DE.html?max=10&dlc_cat=72058&dlc_pg= 72 070&dlc_model=&search.x=29&search.y=13

Then choose 'claas Lexion animation'

I hope this works
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input so far.

I wasn't looking for a general description, like " they thresh the kernels out of the heads" - More along the lines of sections views and/or detailed exlpanations. the stuff from class is kind of along those lines, but is not really instructional.

I'll keep looking, and post back if I come up with anything interesting.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Quote:You left out the part about all the new cuss words you will learn.
slipping of wrenchs, a bolt that there is no way you can get to etc..


Haha! he asked how a combine works, not how to work on a combine. LOL!
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Back in the 80's or even before there were posters that show cut out's of the machines with some descp's as sale'n promo's when the rotors and others had come out.
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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some of the old conventional operators manuals had cut outs in them
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