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I thought I would share NH's combine history. For some might not know much on this. And let you get to know all about NH combines.

1960s:
NH saw a new growth for sales, and moved into the Self Propelled combine market. Rather than spending millions of dollars for in house R&D. They went out to purchase an already existing combine. They came across the Werkhuiszen Leon Claeys of Antwerp, Belgium. Claeys have developed their own combine back in 1950s and well accepted in Europe. And could handle the high volume of straw that was common in Europe.

Here is a Claey/NH combine right after buy out:


Later on they saw a new market in North America. So they built a large combine plant in Grand Island Nebraska. There in 1965 the NH 990 was introduced. This combine started the conventional series that lasted until the TRs came out.

NH 990:


Later the smaller 980 joined the line later that year:


By 1966 the 980 became the 985. And also the 975 a smaller combine also joined the line. Also this marked the first time a corn head was offered on NH combines.


In 1967 the 990 finally got upgraded into the 995.



Then in 1973 the 985 and 995 was replaced by the 1400 and 1500. And there was no replacement for the 975. The 1400 and 1500 was the last traditional conventional made by NH.



After this the TRs series came out that changed NH's combines forever. And for the customer who still preferred conventional. They developed the Super Conventional.

NH combine chart:

980 - 1965-1966
107HP Ford gas engine
63 bushel bin
6,420 separating area
3,948 cleaning area
13ft-19ft grain header

990 - 1965-1966
115HP Ford gas engine
73 bushel bin
8,025 separating area
4,950 cleaning area
13ft-22ft grain header

975 - 1966-1973
87HP Ford gas engine
80 or 90 bushel bin
5,751 separating area
3,599 cleaning area
11ft-17ft grain header
3,4 row corn header

985 - 1966-1973
108HP Ford gas or 112HP Ford diesel engine
90 or 110 bushel bin
6,763 separating area
3,913 cleaning area
11ft-19ft grain header
3 or 4 row corn header

995 - 1967-1973
130HP Ford V8 gas or 112HP Ford diesel
100 or 125 bushel bin
8,433 separating area
4,920 cleaning area
13ft-22ft grain header
4 or 6 row corn header

1400 - 1974-1978
107HP Ford gas or 107HP Ford diesel
110 bushel bin
7,722 separating area
4,053 cleaning area
11ft-19ft grain
3, 4, 5 row corn

1500 - 1973-1978
135HP Ford gas or 135HP Cat V8 diesel
133 bushel bin
9,646 separating area
5,145 cleaning area
13ft-22ft grain
4, 5, 6 row corn
 

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I will put up part 2 later when I get time to cover it. It will cover the TRs. Which will take longer due to more of them.

Truth I would like to see NH go back to the original colors. Instead of the yellow and black. Make the black be red. Now that would be sweet. NH didn't go to all yellow until the 1400/1500 came out.
 

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Great Silver what book do you have that has all those pictures of the nh combines? When I was little the farm was running a 1500 gas and it seemed little then. early 80's
 

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A Century of Ford and New Holland Farm Equipment

Best darn Ford/NH book I found. It nearly covers it all. Even shows some rare interesting stuff.
 

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no mention either of the 8040. 8060 or the 8080.

If you want to do history on New Holland it needs these models too. The company had a large base of these in Europe as well as Australia.

Jono
 

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I am doing the history based off what Info. I have.

If anyone wants to add to it. Be my guess. This is why I did this topic.

Those numbers are too new for part 1. Those sound more like the current combines. So of course they wont be mentioned yet. Part 1 is covering the more older models, not the new one.

Part 2 will cover the early rotaries and so on. So give it time.
 
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