Hi everyone; I'm new to the Combine Forum. Just bought a 1951 Massey Harris 26 self-propelled combine (or 'reaper-thresher') and am studying both it and the manuals right now. I'm new to grain growing, and have never actually laid hands on a combine of any age before. But it's never too late to learn something new!
The interior of my combine is wet, with lots of soggy debris (dirt, dust, chaff, dead mice, mouse droppings and urine etc.) I'd like to remove. But there are no access panels on or near the lower end, so while water will probably trickle through the seams, the debris has nowhere to go. The smell is almost overpowering and I must do something. What do combine owners, even owners of newer ones, do each summer? There's always going to be debris from last year, mice are guaranteed to find their way in......I sure wouldn't want to use a combine without an annual cleaning first!
I forgot to mention that this machine was hit by heavy rains while being transported here from Saskatchewan. It sure wasn't built to be water resistant! Paul