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Last memory I have of them is pulling wrapped flax straw out while it was burning.
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I'd blow my brains out before I ever used a combine with those **** feeder house paddles. Also had Massy's back in the day. Last memory I have of them is pulling wrapped flax straw out while it was burning.

Never used a combine with feederhouse paddles. Can you just cut them off? Seems like a nightmare. What was the purpose?


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Never used a combine with feederhouse paddles. Can you just cut them off? Seems like a nightmare. What was the purpose?
The paddles are the replacement for the feeder chain, can't remove them.

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Haha i got the joke... i was just curious about the paddles as id heard of them on this site but never seen them or knew what that even ment. Thanks for the knowledge.

What was the idea behind that?
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The idea behind them I think was to deter people from trying to grow flax!! Just kidding! I was just a kid when we had Massey's and I remember dad couldn't do flax as it would just wrap. In theory it has less wear parts than a feeder chain but just doesn't work well in crops that tend to wrap.
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I seen the massey style for the first time a couple years ago, actually was surprised it ever worked at all. I could see them conveying over the top but down the floor? Really interesting and it was nice to see someone tried something because I think the feeder chain is, well, dated, there has got to be a better way IMO.
I kind of took interest in the Versitile system but felt it probably wouldnt be ideal, but it again is neat to see someone tried something.

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Just have to buy two of those 490 combines. Should be able to always have one going.https://www.thecombineforum.com/forum...face_smile.png
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If the paddles were timed right it wasn't a problem they fed and worked like a charm and lasted for thousands of hours. In severe wrapping conditions you would add 2 paddles per paddle and that would eliminate the wrapping. It was the best feeding system out there simple and maintenance free. We still have an old 860 as a second combine and with over 3000 hrs those paddles have NEVER been replaced.
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If the paddles were timed right it wasn't a problem they fed and worked like a charm and lasted for thousands of hours. In severe wrapping conditions you would add 2 paddles per paddle and that would eliminate the wrapping. It was the best feeding system out there simple and maintenance free. We still have an old 860 as a second combine and with over 3000 hrs those paddles have NEVER been replaced.
Curiosity has me, how was the drive chain life? If memory serves me right it was double 50 on a 850 massey.

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If the paddles were timed right it wasn't a problem they fed and worked like a charm and lasted for thousands of hours. In severe wrapping conditions you would add 2 paddles per paddle and that would eliminate the wrapping. It was the best feeding system out there simple and maintenance free. We still have an old 860 as a second combine and with over 3000 hrs those paddles have NEVER been replaced.
Well...
Wouldn’t call it maintenance free, all those chain drives.
If you ever plugged the feeder they were a ******* to unplug in the days of no reversers. They did feed the cylinder very smooth though and were likely very quiet although with a engine running 50 cm from you kinda irrelevant, ha ha.

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