"Steep" took the 8010 on the long run up the fence line; I took the
1670 up on to the steepest part of the ridge. I wanted some snaps
of the "16" on the steep stuff, so I handed off the ol Kodak to "Hollywood". Here the "16" climbs out from the truck landing, headed
for something a little steeper.
Headed out on to the slope. The trick here is the layout....a little
down angle....and keeping the combine light. Easy to get the angle
right, all I had to do was line up on "Steeps" drill rows from last fall.
The leveling is all automatic, so you don't have to tend to that. If the
machine starts to slew ( it did not here) then you can correct with
the turning brakes. Thought I would get a light here (48%) but I
didn't. Rats! Close but no cigar! Still, as you can see, it did use almost all of the leveler.
Had a little dab to clean up on top of the "80", so I went to do that
while " Steep" laid out the next patch. Took the opportunity to get
this birds eye view of him pulling up along the draw just underneath
Then there is the "18" on the Schoolhouse field. Going across something steep is one thing. Downhill & steep....that's another
story. Same drill here...handed off the camera .....then yours truly
& Kirby headed off to cut the "18" Here you want to be EMPTY and
get into 1St before jumping off.
When you first make the turn and start down the fence....that sort
of gives you the Willies ( Kirby slept through it) By the time that you
get down to here, things are starting to look a little easier as the combine turns to the right and the leveler kicks in. Now the odds of
crashing into the draw below are fading. And it's really not so steep
along the edge on the first pass.
Getting well down this bad boy now. It's really not so steep right out
along the edge. When we used to cut this with the three "70's" the
trick was to grab the lead and take the first pass because......
.....the second pass is where the leveler gets a work out. Red light
country down in here. And some really nice wheat too. " Steep" got
a real good stand here with the air drill. It's too hard a pull to go up,
so he has to lay it out backwards and come down this hill just like
I am doing here with the 1670.
Just wondering what you will do when it's time to retire the 1670 as the 8010 doesn't angle as well?Thank you for the photos as it's hard when the rush is on to take time to get the shots and these are something else. John'
Quote:Just wondering what you will do when it's time to retire the 1670 as the 8010 doesn't angle as well?Thank you for the photos as it's hard when the rush is on to take time to get the shots and these are something else. John'
Well, when the 1670 goes....I think I will too! " Steep" says that when
that time comes, we may have to stop farming some of it. He will take
a "70" anywhere....the new levelers that's a different story. He told
me that he just couldn't take the 8010 down off the "18" seen above.
The main problem is that the rear wheels tend to slide off....get them
over the edge ....well that's not good. There is no substitute for a
"real" Hillside combine.