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Case 1660 stuck in ditch

I was crossing through a lightly sloped ditch (I keep it cut with rotary mower) and dropped through the ice. Combine ended up dropping front end in and the back end is still up high on solid ground. Because of this the head is on the ground and cant go up any higher. I've tried pulling it out but cant seem to get it to go anywhere and the tires just spin. Just wondering If theres any ideas to try and get it out. I think if the head was off it would come out easy but I cant put the feeder house down at all to do that so im in a tough spot.

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If the front tires are that deep I would punch the ice out behind them if that makes sense. Otherwise the front wheels need to move vertical before they can go horizontal. Pulling gets lots easier if there isn't a hole to be drug out of.

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Can you get anything under the front wheels (railway sleepers etc? Access to a loader/excavator to lift front end to do this?
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I dug the hole out but the head is pretty firm on the ground and I still cant get it to pull. I'm not quite sure how I would lift the front end. I was thinking about that but I dont know that a loader could get under the axle to lift it. Somehow I have to get the front end and the head up.
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Get a mini track hoe and dig out behind the front wheels.
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I’m sure a big tow truck for heavy trucks would winch it out just fine. They will have something that can anchor their truck that bites into frozen ground. It’s surprising what even an autotive sized unit can winch out. A modest sized bulldozer with grouser pads would work as well.
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Some pictures would help. Are you able to get a chain on both sides of the axle? And how far down are the tires off solid ground?

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bent suggests digging out behind the front wheels. Without seeing pics of it I wonder about digging around/under the back wheels and axle instead. If it will go down on the back end this should tip the header up a bit. As suggested try and get some planks or something under the front tires to keep it from going lower when you start to pull.
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bent suggests digging out behind the front wheels. Without seeing pics of it I wonder about digging around/under the back wheels and axle instead. If it will go down on the back end this should tip the header up a bit. As suggested try and get some planks or something under the front tires to keep it from going lower when you start to pull.
That or dig under the header.

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