I was 10 years old, first combine i drove was a massey ferguson 82, those combines had a variable speed that when you back off on it it would actually go into neutral and stop, there was an roller in the sheave that the belt would ride on when the sheave got wide enough.
We have ridiculous hills for the area, dad never explained anything, we mostly had to figure out operating stuff for ourselves. (if this was on youtube these days mom and dad would be in court) Lol, Well, i got to the edge of one of our biggest and as i started going down i started to back off on the variable speed, of course went to far combine free wheels, and i started accelerating down the wondering what the heck is happening, about midway I slammed the variable speed forward the sudden momentum change brought the rear wheels right off the ground, and i was doing and enddo wheely down the last half of the hill, when i reached the bottom i had invented the first round bale.
Went back to school, Kids were getting up telling there show and tell stories from the weekend. Nobody believed me, Lol
We farmed with those masseys for years, when i left to go into the military Dad bought a 550 that is still on the farm and i use to this day. I even still have the original pick up belts on it. That combine never slept outside, she was in the shed every night, i have taken every part of that machine apart, reliable as he!!, haven't had a need to upgrade yet. I am still amazed that i have a cab with AC, You haven't farmed until you done harvest in an open station combine, late fall, cold wind blowing the chaff down the back of your neck, knees frozen stiff, standard steering and brakes, the horse flies biting you in the low spots, and then hit a patch of canada thistle, Lol, sneezing and choking trying to get the fluff out of your nose.
Dad always commented that those combine made a lot of farmers rich.
Last edited by Combine Pilot; 02-04-2018 at 06:07 PM.