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We're harvesting sunflowers here in Canada now, and I've had a few guys with some major fire issues on STSs. They seem to start inside the combine, maybe at the back of the rotor and spread from there. We've tried alot of things- blowing the combine completely clean before entering the field, wetting down the entire machine inside at out until there's water running out of the elevators, putting on multiple grounding chains...Nothing seems to help. Within half an hour the machine is smoking from somewhere. Now one had a fire so bad there's about $30,000 damage. The oil seeds seem to be worse than the confectionary. Walker machines seem to be fine. They're sick of paying me to fix hoses and wiring harnesses. Any solutions?
 

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Thanks, kinzepower. I think i remember hearing about that kit at service school a few years ago. Never seen or installed one, though.

Combiness, sunflowers are just part of the crop rotations around here, but there is alot of Canola too. The sunflower crop is incredible this year, so those that grew it are glad they did.
Canola around this area produces a large plant, so the swath going into the combine is very big. This tends to be hard on slip clutches, chains, and reversers. Different crop, different problems. Thanks anyway.
 

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Yeah those piles are what I'm talking about. Takes a good operator and a large swath opening to not get those. For most farmers piles are just part of harvesting Canola.

Combiness, not sure about the sunflowers for engine oil, but just heard about fast food chains switching to canola oil for deep frying here in Canada. That should help to raise those sagging commodity prices.

FYI, my biggest customer who farmers 15,000 acres, was the first farm in the area to switch to biodiesel this year. So far so good, seems to burn cleaner they say.
 
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