This pic was also posted over on the hillside combines thread. I know the full story of this particular incident, too. It's really too bad this had to happen. The operator did everything he could to save the combine and prevent his own injury. He lived through it, but not without a broken leg or hip among other things. He was thrown clear of the machine before it tumbled down the ravine as you can see in the second picture.
The only other time I've seen any combine as badly demolished as this, was one hit by an F-5 tornado. It was thrown at over 225 MPH into a tree and ripped to shreds.
Oddly, while the shed itself was obliterated by the nader, the combine's header was still in place, on the slab--unscratched and not budged. Go figure.
I don't think there is a single part you could salvage off that machine. There is just nothing remotely close to square anymore on that machine.
No salvage. Not even the vultures visited this mess.
Not so fast Boys & Girls!!!.......actually, the platform from this machine lives on. Notice in Bryan's first pic that the platform is
up near the fields edge....it unlatched & came off just before the
combine went over the edge back wards. A little TLC and it lived
to cut another day, as you can see here on a shot I took just
this past August ....the salvaged platform at work on their replacement 2388. They also were able to salvage a few spares
off of the separator.
Quote:just one more reason I'll never leave flat land to drive a combine that drives tilted to one side or the other all the time
Aw, Alex, it's not that bad. Besides, at least with the hills you can
see what is coming up. Not like this poor guy, running along, minding
his own business when WHAMM-O, falls into one of those dad-gummed
sink holes. Nope, gimme a hilldide deal any time.