Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Regent, SW North Dakota
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At least you only have a small amount of them to start out, there is a few learning experiences with them things but since I'm a really nice guy I'll help you out.
There is radiator air scoops available for a few newer combines but with the amount you have you should be fine.
First things first with sunnies, fires are not just a potential problem, your combine will at some point light on fire if your not careful, even being careful its inevitable.
The best way to reduce fires is to cut above 12 moisture, often easier said than done.
But this will also help keep your sample clean.
Try by all means cutting below 60°F and try to avoid completely still weather.
When conditions get dusty watch your engine compartment closely, like every hopper full and when stuff starts sticking to the engine blow the engine off, clean radiator and go again.
Find a way to cover a large chunk of your separating area, they thrash out very easily but if it gets warm the heads will bust up into little pieces and make a mess of your sample. If it's good and tuff witch for me it rarely ever is when I harvest them (my kinda luck) the head will come out of the back of the combine in one piece.
One of the best things to put out a smoldering combine is with a hand pump sprayer.
If your in a pinch and your out if water but still got gas in your air compressor clean as much of the combine as possible before tackling the smolder so when you blow the smolder off the combine it dont light up everything along the way.
Fires are NOT caused by static electricity, it's the extremely flammable dust traveling through the radiator and sticking to exhaust, igniting and blowing wherever and them little embers end up in strange places especially when they end up in pulleys and get flung everywhere.
Keep your radiator very clean and when your done wash the combine well because the oily dust doesn't just stop there and just cause your done with flowers doesn't mean your out of the woods.
Start with a clean combine with no oil leaks and keep it clean and be paranoid! You will do well than!
Dont be afraid to ask questions.
God Bless America