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Old 05-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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is it just me or are there more combine fires with the 9000 series combines and up? you don't see that many titan 2 fires, for instance. is it because the engine is in the back, where the straw is?
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, I don't believe it is just the 9XXX Deere's that are burning up, there are red and yellow combines catching on fire too. I don't think motor location means a dam thing either.

If you look at how much more crop material and trash the class 6,and 7 combines are taking thru themselves compared to the old class 3 or 4 machines, it is no wonder they catch a fire once in a while. Although, I had a field fire with the 6620 series Deere when a feederhouse bearing went out droping hot pieces onto the dry cornstalks. Used to have a lot of fires on the old MF combines. I just think fires are a fact of life, especially when such huge machines are threshing up such large swaths in the crops.

An effective optional fire extinguisher system should be offered to cure this, as I think it would be considerably cheaper that than to design and maybe impossible to design a dust-proof combine.
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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on the early 9000 they had a plastic tube to cover the shaft behind the cab. had to replace some bearings, pulled the tube off to clean back there, you could see the tube had melted because it got full of dust and then rubbed the shaft.
also on the 9000 series you can hardly find one that doesn't have burned dust on the engine head.

seen a lot of close calls over the years of climbing around the combines. you can see where things started to burn but fizzled out.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Most of the time fires around here come down up of straw is the operator not cleaning down the machine and happen on all makes, old and new. Combines need to be cleaned down with compressed air or even a leaf blower once a day paying particular attention to the engine bay. Of coarse there just is those fires that are virtually unavoidable generally coming from component failure or electrical.

Cleaning down your combine and keeping the maintenance up to it will go a long way in fire prevention.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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red guys making some changes to the airflow around engines on the 20 series. they better figure out a self cleaning combine or fire prevention system . or they'll get uninsureable.
The adjusters when the 7010 burnt said they had seen a lot burned fire protection systems.
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