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boy I'm glad we don't have to deal with wet like that. If it was that wet at our place we would be sitting on the frame, if we were lucky. Gotta like the look of those tracks. do they make them for the 8010 as well?

Do you have issues with the back tires when you get into the mud? or do they float along pretty good?
Never seen a combine with track on the back.
 

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Don't worry, 2004 was not only soupy in Minnesota. Quebec was just as bad. The very first 8010 I test drove way back when was in terrible conditions with tracks on. Quite the experience. I hope I never have to harvest in those conditions again.



Same idea, as above. All the grain cart could do was get into the gate.


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Until now I thought I knew what a mess was. How do you guys get rid of the ruts in the field after it dries out?

That 2366 with the broken drive wheel brings back some memories. I was 15, cutting dryland wheat with the 1480. I made the turn to the other side of the field and stopped to let my brother off so he could get back to the grain cart and unload me. When I started moving again I got about 50 feet when the whole thing violently pitched forward and the left side dropped. I quickly shut everything down and got out to see what happened and found a scene similar to the above pictures. Luckily, the damage wasn't as bad as that, but the sheet metal did get bent a little. A lot of the weight was still on the wheel as the final drive was resting on it. If you don't know, on those 1480s the ten-bolt hub is held to the final drive by a single large bolt through the center. I found that bolt back where I had stopped and most of the threads were worn off. As it happened, when I stopped the bolt fell out then the whole wheel/hub assembly fell off when I started moving again.

Our dealer had a new final for a 1680 in stock and with the help of a 20t and 12t bottle jack and the backhoe (to lift the final drive and tire) we had it fixed that evening. Of course, the guys at the dealer had to tell my dad horror stories about the same thing happening while roading the combine at 17mph.
 
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